What to book: RHS Early Spring Plant Fair

Snowdrops in baubles, botanical painting and a Wisley winter wonderland

All images courtesy of the RHS

A beautiful collection of snowdrops will cascade down from the ceiling at RHS Lindley Hall in Westminster this February for the society’s Early Spring Plant Fair, which will celebrate the transition from winter to spring.

Created by the garden designer Fiona Silk, the display will see every single snowdrop enclosed in its own transparent glass bauble, each one labelled with its variety and provenance, from Lord Heseltine’s collection at Thenford House in Northamptonshire to that of the RHS president Sir Nicholas Bacon at Raveningham Gardens in Norwich.

Meanwhile, in the RHS Lawrence Hall, the garden writer has Naomi Slade has designed a walk-through display inspired by the winter wonderland at the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Beautifully planted shrubs and trees will conjure up life the colours and scents of the season, proving that the colder months have their own charms.

An installation by Zita Elze, the new RHS London Floral Artist in Residence, will bring a burst of blooms to the event, while visitors will be able to participate in hands-on experiences including making horticulturally themed Valentine's Day cards with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and learning the language of flowers with La Famille. Plus, there will be talks, seminars and tastings throughout the day.

The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair is on 13 and 14 February.

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