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RHS London shows revamp

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RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza 2016.
Viewing daffodils on the R&A Scamp Quality Daffodils stand at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza 2016. Picture; Luke MacGregor

Cash to go towards paying for RHS apprentices

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is planning fewer, but more spectacular London Flower Shows each year in its horticultural halls, with proceeds going towards helping pay for RHS apprentices.

Tickets will cost £5 for RHS members and £6 for non-members.

RHS director general Sue Biggs said: “Funds raised from the tickets will go towards helping support our apprentices develop skills and create experience for a solid foundation for their careers and future.

Critical skills gap

“Our apprentices learn on courses; develop skills in our four RHS gardens and at our world-famous shows and get the chance to do work experience at leading horticultural organisations.

“There is a critical green skills gap and the RHS’ takes its role and responsibility to grow the next generation of horticulturists extremely seriously; we’re very grateful for the support of our members, funders and partners who enable us to do vast work to support, promote and celebrate great British horticulture.”

In 2017, in the Lindley and Lawrence Halls will be:

  • 14-15 February: RHS Early Spring Plant Fair
  • 29-30 March: RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show
  • 25-26 October: RHS Autumn Garden Show

There will also be three smaller events, free to members and the public:

  • 24-25 February: RHS Botanical Art Show
  • 12-13 July: RHS Summer Urban Garden Show
  • 3-4 October: RHS Harvest Festival Show

In 2018, this is the line-up:

  • 13-14 February: RHS Early Spring Plant Fair
  • 28-29 March: RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show
  • 11-12 July: RHS Summer Garden, Art and Photography Show
  • 27-28 October: RHS Autumn Urban Garden Show

There will also be one smaller free event on October 2-3, RHS Harvest Festival Show.

Ms Biggs added: “We’ve been holding RHS London Flower Shows since 1904 as part of our charitable purpose to bring gardening into the lives of as many people as possible.

“We’re committed to continuing these very special shows, where some of the UK’s best nurseries create the most beautiful plant displays. The flower show season is extremely busy; we think fewer, but bigger and better London shows in both of our magnificent horticulture halls, will give our visitors a more wonderful experience and engage more of our members, as well as new audiences.”

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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