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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 20:29

The RHS London Flower Shows are the longest running of all the Royal Horticultural Society flower shows. Established in 1862, they were first held at the RHS garden in Kensington, but moved to the RHS Horticultural Halls when they were built in 1904 and have remained there ever since.

2012 RHS London Shows

Gardening inspiration in the heart of the capital

RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, London, SW1P 2PE

Tickets: www.rhs.org.uk/londonshows, 0845 612 1253

Beautiful plants to see and buy, show gardens by top designers, seasonal ideas and expert advice, unique artwork and exciting new features; a day-out to a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) London Show is a perfect way to spend the day celebrating the seasons, in 2012.

14 - 15 February: RHS London Plant and Design Show

Tuesday 14 February 10am-7pm (Tickets: £8, RHS Members: FREE)

Wednesday 15 February 10am-5pm (Tickets: £5, RHS Members: FREE)

Kick-starting the flower show year with winter colour and early, spring-flowering plants, the UK's best nurserymen and growers will gather in RHS Lawrence Hall to showcase spectacular floral displays. Exhibitors include multi-RHS Gold medal winners Jacques Armand and Avon Bulbs. Plants are available to buy.

Making the most of small outdoor spaces is a major theme of the show, and two of the 2011 RHS Young Designer of the Year finalists, Alexandra Froggatt (above sketch) and Owen Morgan, will stage show gardens demonstrating how you can transform a neglected, unloved alleyway into a beautiful green oasis. The Society of Garden Designers will also be running a design clinic in RHS Lindley Hall, where visitors can put questions to the experts about the designs on display.

16-17 March: RHS London Orchid and Botanical Art Show

15 March: Special Preview Evening

Friday 16 March 10am – 5pm (Tickets: £8, RHS Members: £5)

Saturday 17 March 10am – 5pm (Tickets: £8, RHS Members: £5)

Preview Thursday 15 March 6.30 – 8.30pm (£12 – includes entry on 16 or 17 Match)

Specialist growers from across the globe will be exhibiting a spectacular array of exotic and hardy orchids to highlight the importance of orchid conservation in the wild. Some of the orchids are so rare they have not been seen in this country before. Visitors can ask growers about their extraordinary history, wonder at their unique beauty and buy from a vast collection of orchids.

Exhibitors include The Orchid Society of Great Britain, Eric Young Orchid Foundation and the Writhlington School Orchid Project, all of whom are dedicated to the conservation of this mysterious plant.

In the RHS Lindley Hall, a selection of the world's best botanical artists will display a collection of their work. Exclusively for 2012, the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society will be exhibiting part of its botanical art collection. This will be the first time the collection has left the grounds of the Palace.

10-11 April: RHS Great London Plant Fair

Tuesday April 10 10am – 7pm (Tickets: £8, RHS Members: FREE)

Wednesday April 11 10am – 5pm (Tickets: £5, RHS Members: FREE)

With the arrival of spring, the RHS is holding a plant fair for people to stock-up on plants and receive advice from RHS experts on ways to replenish their frost-bitten gardens.

Leading nurseries and growers, the majority of which are RHS Chelsea Flower Show regulars, will be selling stunning spring-flowering plants, seeds and bulbs, including tulips, chrysanthemums, daffodils and much more. Top traders will also be selling tools and other essential gardening implements.

October (date TBC): RHS London Autumn Harvest Show

Day 1 (TBC)10am – 7pm (Tickets: £8, RHS Members: FREE)

Day 2 (TBC)10am – 5pm (Tickets: £5, RHS Members: FREE)

A floral and foodie feast celebrating the colour and taste of autumn. See, taste and buy mouthwatering produce, marvel at magnificent floral displays and purchase plants, gardening products and gadgets.

Autumn is the perfect time to be planting and top nurserymen and growers will be holding interactive demonstrations to show how you can create impactful autumnal containers. RHS Advisory will also be on hand to answer all gardening queries.

There will be plenty of edible delights like chutneys, chillis, apples, jams and pumpkins to tempt both the eye and palate.

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