Osterley House and Park hosts new London Flower Show


London’s passion for planting and produce is set to come alive this September at the inaugural London Flower Show, running from 8th to 11th September, 2016.

Set in the stunning grounds of the Georgian country estate of Osterley House and Park, the London Flower Show will open its doors for the first time as a family extravaganza and celebration of the UK’s blooming harvest season.

The event runs over four days and will see a blend of over 20 stunning show gardens, vivid floral displays and a range of produce growing competitions. Industry experts and horticulturalists from across the country and around the globe will join garden designers showcasing the very best of horticulture.

The Show will be a family day out with a variety of live entertainment, music and art installations that will bring together people from all walks of life in a celebration of everything green, in bloom and home grown!

There will be a dedicated Kids play Space filled with play equipment and entertainment for children. For the adults there is the enjoyment of Osterley House and Park’s groves, the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Philippa O’Brien, Chair of the Society of Garden Designers said: “The new London Flower Show looks as if it will be a breath of fresh air. Nothing stuffy about this one, it is aimed at a much younger audience than most shows, with plenty for families from growing vegetables to sustainable gardening. Show gardens look set to surprise and delight with lots of gardens designed by SGD members.”

Osterley House and Park, once described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, was created in the late 18th century by architect Robert Adam for the Child family. Today, the house is presented, as it would have looked in the 1790s and visitors can enter the house, as the family’s guests would have done, via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico.

The formal gardens, transformed during a six year long project, have been renovated from an overgrown wilderness back to their 18th century grandeur of the herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetable beds.

Early bird tickets go on sale on Monday 7th March 2016 and cost £10 per person. The Show will open daily from 11am to 7pm from 8th to 11th September. You can purchase tickets through the dedicated event website at: http://londonflowershow.seetickets.com/

There are still opportunities for horticultural hobbyists, artisans, designers and makers to get involved in the show. You can find more information on the Show website at: http://londonflowershow.co.uk