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RHS London Shades of Autumn Show

This year’s RHS London Shades of Autumn show will present the beauty of autumnal colours while exploring the edible delights that the season has to bring. It also offers tons of stimulating advice to keep your garden full of colour and texture throughout the autumn months. So now we are in the full swing of autumn, why not wander round the RHS Lindley and RHS Lawrence Horticultural Halls in London?

The first show commences on Tuesday October 24th (late event), open from 6pm till 9pm. The following showings will be from 10am till 5pm, on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October.

As well inspiring programmes of talks across both days, including BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Nick Bailey talking about “Unusual Edibles in the City”. A section on immersive learning is offered, a style of learning situations that are constructed using a variety of techniques and software tools, in order to create simulation-based learning in virtual 3D worlds.

According to the Growing Events website, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about urban foraging and seasonal growing techniques along with plant-based contemporary crafts. The show also has talks from renowned horticulturists Roy Lancaster, Anne Swithinbank, as well as ornithologist Bill Oddie.

Rare and unusual plants will be available from growers such as The Botanic Nursery, Plant base and Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries, while new floral stands include Calamaag Nursery, Strictly Daylilies and Ashwood Nurseries.

The Royal Horticultural Society states that some of the main highlights of the show include:

  • The autumn ornamental plant competition, free for all to enter
  • Foodies will be please with Chelsea-based foraging restaurant, Rabbit. This will be located in an indoor foraging forest full of unusual edibles, all created by gold medal winning designer Jon Davies.
  • There will be a hanging theme this year with innovate displays in the Lawrence hall and showcase pieces from some of the UK’s top nurseries.
  • Petersham Nurseries will be running Kokedama workshops, where visitors can get their hands dirty learning how to make their own hanging moss ball planters.

The late event, held on Tuesday October 24th from 6pm till 9pm, will offer a sneak preview of the show, and a complimentary drink for the first 200 guests who book in advance. The event will include free pumpkin carving workshops, delicious food and live music. A perfect way to end another spectacular summer while sampling the seasons treats.

A source from “” said that, “The wonderful displays give you massive inspiration to put on your gardening gloves, and there is plenty of opportunities to buy plants and garden accessories. For the creative minded, there are lots of workshops, including flower arranging and autumn-leaf crafting.”

Tickets start at £5 per person for RHS members, and then £6 for the public if bought in advance. Tickets bought on the day are £9. Funds from the tickets go towards charitable aims such as helping to pay for RHS apprentices, to help kick start young people’s careers in horticulture.