The Royal Horticultural Society’s London Plant Fair is a haven for plant lovers looking for unusual blooms. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s show.
Walking into one of the RHS London Shows is like tip-toeing into an enormous horticultural sweetshop. The huge Horticultural Halls in central London are quietly bustling with people who adore plants, especially unusual cultivars of certain plants.
These people love breeding these plants and buying the plants, photographing the plants and exclaiming with a good gardening friend as they wander around the halls at how wonderful these plants are.
You find yourself making best friends with the stallholders, who are thrilled to share the latest unusual brassica or sempervivum that they’ve bred with someone who has caught just one iota of their excitement. The stalls are, in their own individual ways, incredible works of art. Some are brimming with plants, crammed in every container possible. Some are lined up so neatly you scarcely dare approach in case you make the whole display seem less regimented. Each and every single one of them is manned by a man or a woman who sits quite quietly adoring their plants as visitors gasp and point.
Though this week’s Plant Fair was busy, it felt like a secret world beating quietly away in the dirty, heaving chest of Westminster. If you hate the thronging crowds of Chelsea, and really just want to swap tales with a plantsman about the new rare camellia he’s growing, this is the show that you should clear your entire diary to attend.
Here are some more photo highlights:
Narcissus ‘Prussia Cove’
Narcissus ‘Mayor’s Choice’
Lewisia cotyledon hybrids
Hosta ‘White Feather’
Lily ‘Purple Heart’
Asiatic lily ‘Red Velvet’
Echeveria gilva red
Why yes, that is a whole table of gorgeous camellias. If you want to meet them personally, come back tomorrow for a whole post on the camellia competition at the RHS Plant Fair.