The RHS London Orchid & Botanical Art Show, 12–13 April 2013

Phalaenopsis Orchid_a-curious-gardener-purple_white_collectionOutstanding Orchids from Around the World!

Discover some of the rarest and most exotic orchids from across the globe at the RHS London Orchid & Botanical Art Show, 12–13 April 2013. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity, will host highly collectible orchids alongside international works of botanical art.

From amateurs to specialist growers, the best orchid exhibitors from around the world will be selling a wide range of species and hybrids. Akerne Orchids of Belgium, Ecuagenera of Ecuador and Orchis Floriculturing of Taiwan are just a few of the international orchid growers taking part.

David McLaughlin, RHS Horticulturist and orchid specialist, says: “The RHS London Orchid & Botanical Art Show is unique in that it is the first international orchid show of the year in the UK and provides access to a wide range of high-quality orchids that aren’t commonly available, yet are attractive and easy to grow. Naturally, there will also be more challenging plants for sale so there’s something for everyone.

“For visitors who want to learn more, there are informative Culture Talks* on both days. In addition, the exhibitors are experienced growers and happy to share their knowledge.”

 Laurence Hobbs will be displaying exotic species, while new discoveries will be on show from Equatorial Plants. Hardy orchids, suitable for a range of growing conditions will be available at Heritage and McBean’s Orchids, and even miniature species will be available to buy from the Columbian Orquideas del Valle.

 Hear stories of adventure from students in the Writhlington School Orchid Project, who travelled to Rwanda in February to help schools learn about horticulture, from laboratory production of orchids from seed through to exploring the Nyungwe mountain reserve. Their exhibit will feature some of the key orchids of the Sikkim Himalaya.

 Take a journey round the world’s most beautiful orchids in the center of London this April at the RHS Orchid & Botanical Art Show. Please visit www.rhs.org.uk/londonshows for more information.

For more information, or if you would like to visit the show, please contact Pippa Kent in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3044 or email philippakent@rhs.org.uk.

 Photographs are available to download at www.picselect.com (register online free of charge).

 A full list of orchid and botanical art exhibitors is available on the RHS Media Centre: http://press.rhs.org.uk.

 

RHS London Orchid & Botanical Art Show

 

Venue:             RHS Horticultural Halls (Lawrence & Lindley Hall),

Greycoat Street, Westminster,

London SW1P 2PE

Date/Time:       

Friday 12 April                                       10am – 5pm

Saturday 13 April                                   10am – 5pm                 

Tickets:            Book tickets online at www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events     

Preview Evening                                    £12

RHS members                                       £5 (with Membership Card)

Non-members tickets                             £8

 

* Speakers currently scheduled include:

•Jim Durrant, McBeans Orchids

• Jeff Hutchings, Laneside Hardy Orchids

• Laurence Hobbs, Laurence Hobbs Orchids

• Sara Rittershausen, Burnham Nurseries

• Andy Phillips, Justin Glass/Ratcliffe Orchids

• Helen Millner, RHS Gold Medallist

About the RHS London Shows

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.

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 200 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

 RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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