If the summer weather revived your passion for gardening, don’t miss GROW London, which will host a great line up of talks and workshops from the world’s top gardening experts
GROW London, a three day horticultural event for the ‘urban’ gardener will run from the the 20-22 of June on Hampstead Heath. The event promises to be a contemporary solution for green-fingered Londoners who feel excluded from high-end gardening events like the Chelsea Flower Show. Essentially, it is a show for aspiring gardeners without a garden. GROW is the brainchild of Will Ramsay, founder of the hugely successful Affordable Art Fair, which also opens on Hampstead Heath this weekend (13 June). Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ramsay said, ‘I hope we can do for the gardening world what we have done for the art world — urbanise it and democratise it, especially for younger people who say they don’t know anything about gardening except, ‘It’s just something my granny does’.
Pattie Barron, gardening editor of the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property supplement will be chairing a GROW London Gardeners’ Questions with a panel of garden experts to tackle thorny problems. The panel comprises Matthew Wilson, MD of Clifton Nurseries and a highly respected garden designer, author and broadcaster with a special interest in environmentally sensitive gardening; Tom Moggach, edibles expert and founder of City Leaf, which provides skills and plants to north London schools and community groups, and Derry Watkins, consummate plantswoman and founder of Special Plants Nursery.
A free programme of informal talks and workshops will run throughout the fair, from guidance on how to make the most of small urban spaces, to advice on eco-friendly growing or the joys of beekeeping.
GROW London will take place from the 20-22 June. The speakers will be on the main stage at GROW London and the full schedule is on the website: growlondon.com/talks