Have you heard about GROW London? It’s a new contemporary garden fair, organised by the team behind the Affordable Art Fair, and it’s taking place on Hampstead Heath from June 20th-22nd. Designed to inspire, it will have something for everyone, from the first-time urban gardener to the seasoned plantsman.
You’ll find garden furniture aplenty with hand-crafted pieces by Gaze Burvill and classic designs from Pepe Garden Furniture, to Barbed’s contemporary range. David Harber will be showing his outdoor sculpture, obelisks and water features, whilst there will be planters from Bronzino and Oxford Planters.
Products on display also include garden twine from Twool, plant supports from Muntons, tools from Sneeboer, hand-made leather aprons from the Traditional Apron Company, natural fertilisers and plant feeds from Old Mucker and woven baskets from Rushmatters, with decorative accessories from Reclamation Warriors, Garden Brocante and Deckchair Stripes. Boskke, The Urban Botanist, Ladder Allotments, Seed Pantry and Crown Garden Products will be exhibiting there too.
You’ll have the opportunity to buy plants direct from the very best British nurseries, including Kelways (peonies and irises), Special Plants (rare plants), Crug Farm Plants (rarities from around the globe), The Botanic Nursery (national collection of foxgloves), Pennard (heritage vegetables and agapanthus), Meadowgate Nursery (ornamental grasses) and Hooksgreen Herbs.
There will be a programme of talks and speakers including florist Shane Connolly (who’s also designing the GROW marquee, ensuring it will have a real ‘wow-factor’!), Chris Beardshaw discussing the role of sculpture in the garden and James Alexander-Sinclair on plants for the novice. Organic smallholder Mark Diacono will be revealing the range of fruits and vegetables that it’s possible to grow in this country; Naomi Schillinger, author of Veg Street, will encourage visitors to get their community growing and Val Bourne will talk about natural gardening and how best to live with pests and predators. Free children’s activities will also be on offer, with Dawn Isaac (of CBeebies) leading workshops on how to make garden lights and seed cards.
With four ‘pocket gardens’ in the marquee and a stunning pop-up garden outside, visitors will discover a range of different approaches to garden design, no matter what their level of expertise or experience. And I’m so looking forward to attending!
GROW London Marquee, Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 1TH.
How to get there
By train or bus: Hampstead Heath overground station is just a 3 minute walk away. Buses C11, 24, 46 and 168 stop at South End Green.
By tube & free shuttle buses: Hampstead underground station on the Northern line is the closest tube stop. Free shuttle buses leave from just outside the station every 15 minutes. Look out for the GROW London bus stops. Alternatively, it’s a 10 minute stroll through lovely Hampstead village to the fair.
- Thu 19th June: Charity Preview 6-9pm, invitation-only/Press & Trade Event
- Fri 20th-Sunday 22nd June: 10am-6pm
- Garden Party Charity Preview – £25
- Adult: Advance – £10 (plus booking fee) / Adult Door – £16
- Concession: Advance – £8 (plus booking fee) / Concession Door – £14
- Children under 16 – Free
So, if you’re looking for garden inspiration, why not come along too? For more details, visit the GROW London website.
(Images : GROW London)