Show to offer garden planning tipsRHS London Flower Show to be held next month

26 August 2006

Gardeners thinking ahead to how they're going to plan next year’s garden should pop along to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) London Flower Show next month.

The show, on 12 and 13 September, will offer plenty of advice for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty and create a spectacle next summer.

The RHS offers visitors to the show the chance to meet RHS Horticultural Advisor Guy Barter and other members of the RHS Advisory team for one-to-one advice on any gardening query.

The RHS London Flower Show can also provide the plants to turn the plans into reality, with more than 25 of the UK's leading nurseries exhibiting at the two-day show.

Foxgrove Plants and Longacre Nursery will be staging displays of ornamental grasses, while Pennard Plants and The Old Walled Garden will be bringing a host of sun-loving plants from the southern hemisphere.

Gardening tips

The RHS London Flower Show is held at RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, SW1. The nearest tubes are St James Park and Victoria and tickets can be booked in advance by calling 0845 612 1253.

Guy Barter also offers a few tips to gardeners on how to start planning their garden for the year ahead. They should:

  • Examine, and ideally record on camera, their borders now. If there are gaps they'd like to fill, make a note of where they are as it might not be so obvious when the plants start dying down in the autumn.
  • Order plants now for delivery before next summer. Planting in moist autumn or spring soil get plants off to a good start helping them to resist dry spells in the summer.
  • Scarifying, aerating and top dressing lawns in September will allow the grass to respond to treatment before the temperatures fall too low and have the best root system to resist dry soils next year.