Visit London Blog » royal horticultural society Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 In Pictures: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Wed, 22 May 2013 11:16:18 +0000 Tea and Cake in David Austin Roses M&G Centenary Garden A rare orchid Strawberry boots Animal Ark 2014 is launched on Sloane Street RBC Still Water Roof Garden Pinball Wizard An Alcove Garden Contrasting materials Dressing the Part Exquisite yellow An unnatural flower The Felsted School Garden RHS Chelsea Centenary Gates Inside the Grand Pavilion

This year is a landmark year for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Not only is it celebrating its centenary year, but the 100-year ban on garden gnomes has also been lifted! Gnomes were by no means the most unusual garden feature at this year’s show, however, as innovative sculpture,  unusual materials and unique aesthetics have been used to create some truly memorable displays.

Other gardens have a more sombre mood, however, with many raising awareness for charities such as Arthritis Research UK and Sentebale. Throughout the show the gardeners’ incredible skill and dedication is abundantly clear, and will no doubt inspire visitors to make the most of their own green spaces at home.

Visitors who walk down Sloane Street on their way to the show this year will also notice two floral elephants on its east side, which were installed on Monday to raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity’s Animal Ark initiative. This charity project, alongside many others, will have its own garden at the 2014 show.

As for so many great London institutions, the first 100 years really are only just the beginning!

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What’s On This Weekend. 12-14 April 2013 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:00:22 +0000 It’s a great weekend for vintage transport in London, as you can learn about the tube’s history in Acton and admire traditionally-attired cyclists during the Tweed Run. If that inspires you, why not jump on a Boris Bike and explore the city on two wheels?

The London Tweed Run

Are your sartorial senses dismayed by today’s lycra-clad cyclists? Celebrate proper cycling attire at the annual Tweed Run, a refined bike ride through London in which all participants are dressed in tweed. Many of the bicycles used match the traditional clothing, and you’ll see unicycles and vintage bikes amongst the mass of cyclists. Places for participants have now been allocated, but spectators can watch along the route – keep an eye on the Tweed Run website for details. 13 Apr

The E4 Udderbelly Festival

Get ready to giggle as the upside-down purple cow returns to the South Bank for another summer of top comedy, circus and cabaret. Not only does the E4 Udderbelly Festival give you the chance to see hilarious acts such as Richard Herring and Stephen K Amos, but the festival space also boasts a huge outdoor bar which is great for sunny afternoons. Visit the festival website for ticket and schedule information. 12 Apr-14 Jul 

Asia House Festival

Immerse yourself in the Orient at the fourth Asia House Fair, which features the best in arts, crafts and design from across Asia. More than 35 stalls will be present, offering unusual handmade gifts from the likes of China Life, Memsahib and Treasures from the Silk Road. Visitors can also enjoy Afternoon Tea in Mackwood’s Tea Room. Entry is free and you can check the fair’s opening times on the Asia House website12-14 Apr

The RHS Orchid and Botanical Art Festival at Royal Horticultural Halls

See spectacular displays of orchids at the Royal Horticultural Society’s show, which presents displays from prominent British and international growers. Visitors can also shop for beautiful plants, listen to talks by orchid experts and marvel at the largest botanical art display of the year. Tickets are £8 and can be booked on the RHS website, where you can also view the show’s opening times.  11-13 Apr

Spring Open Weekend at the London Transport Museum Depot, Acton

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground at the London Transport Museum’s Depot, which houses more than 400,000 items. As well as seeing the Metropolitan Steam Locomotive No. 1 in steam, families can ride the model railway, listen to talks, see fascinating displays and even make their own model steam train. Tickets are £10 and the event runs from 11am-5pm both days. 13-14 Apr

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RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2012 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:20:50 +0000 Harvest baskets RHS members and visitors enjoying the show Fresh food being prepared Lemons An impressive collection of onions The winning pumpkin Amour potatoes Packing up a customer's plants A talk on foraging

You don’t have to venture into the countryside to experience the delights of Autumn, as the Royal Horticultural Society has brought the best of the harvest to London for its Harvest Festival Show.

On today and tomorrow, the show is a great seasonal treat for both horticulture enthusiasts and newcomers alike. The main attraction is the display of prize-winning fruit and vegetables, which are all awe-inspiring examples of their type. Beautiful, flawless and intriguingly uniform, they are a moving testament to the hard work of the growers, many of whom are in attendance at the show. The produce ranges from rings of exquisite onions to a display of enormous pumpkins, the largest of which weights 327kg!

The show also contains a fascinating art installation, a display of innovative ways to grow crops and stalls offering both useful and tasty merchandise. A range of talks runs throughout the day, in which experts provide useful ideas about how you can get the most out of your own resources.

Don’t miss the special Harvest Festival Late this evening, which gives people the opportunity to enjoy drinks and live music alongside the show. From 5 to 9pm you can sample cider and vegetarian cocktails from the RHS bar, while listening to folk music and undoubtedly memorable performances from the London Vegetable Orchestra.

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