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Houseplant Festival 2021

Our annual Houseplant Festival is back for its third year! Get ready to refresh your houseplant collection at this wonderful weekend of plant stalls, workshops, talks and more.

Curated by Alice Vincent @noughticulture (author of Rootbound and How to Grow Stuff) this two-day celebration of houseplants will bring the thriving online plant community to life in the Museum. Meet your favourite Instagram plant experts, pick up some tips for looking after your precious greenery, take part in a workshop, attend a talk, enjoy some food and a drink from the Garden Café, and of course, do a little plant shopping while you’re at it.

This year the Houseplant Festival will stay open late on the Saturday evening, if you like your plant shopping with a cocktail on the side.

Sellers will include a curated selection of plant shops, terrariums, artists and designers for all your urban jungle needs – from gorgeous plants of all sizes, to design-led pots, planters and hangers, artisan horticultural ephemera, botanically-inspired art, books, and magazines.

Houseplant Clinic

Over the weekend, Museum Gardeners Matt Collins and Thom Rutter will be hosting a drop-in Houseplant Clinic to address any of your leafy friends’ ailments.

Plant Swap hosted by London Terrariums

On Sunday 24 October, bring your healthy potted plants, cuttings, propagations from 10am, and the swapping will commence at 11.30am! We will hand out cards to all plant swappers to write a little information about your offering, then you can chat and mingle and choose which plant you’d like to swap with.

Full line-up of talks and workshops TBA very soon!


  • Catherine Horwood | Retro Houseplants and what we can learn from them

    Catherine Horwood | Retro Houseplants and what we can learn from them

    Are you obsessed with houseplants? You’re not the first. For the Victorians, it was the aspidistra in the front parlour, the Edwardians loved a palm, and for today’s millennials, no home is complete without the ubiquitous fiddle-leaf fig.

    Come and hear Catherine Horwood, author of Potted History - How Houseplants Took Over Our Homes, talk about the fascinating history of our obsession with indoor jungles. She’ll show how potted plants are as much subject to fashion as any piece of furniture in the home and tell us what will be the next ‘must have’ for Gen Z from the indoor gardening world.

    Day/Time TBA soon

  • Drying Flowers | From Amaranth to Yarrow

    Drying Flowers | From Amaranth to Yarrow

    As summer comes to an end, autumn blooms are perfect for drying and will brighten up your home throughout the winter.

    Join Carolyn Dunster (author of ), Yolly Chiaramello and Zena Alkayat (founder of Bloom Magazine) discuss the best flowers for drying and how to do it at home.

    Day/Time TBA soon


  • Needleflora, an evening class making floral motifs

    Needleflora, an evening class making floral motifs

    This workshop is an introduction to a variety of crafts, including ribbon work, couching, painting and embroidery. Working with motifs inspired by Constance Spry and the recent exhibition at the Garden Museum Esther will demonstrate techniques, provide guidance and allow students to explore and develop their own pieces.

    Saturday evening / time TBA soon

  • Plant Swap

    Plant Swap

    Bring along your potted plants, propagations and cuttings to swap with fellow houseplant fanatics.

    Sign up and label your plants from 10:00am, ready to start swapping at 11:30am on Sunday 24th October.

    It's free to sign up, all we ask is that you bring a plant.


  • Blak Outside

    Blak Outside

    Blak Outside is a culturally diverse inclusive space for community workshops, education and online talks to benefit four Black charities, decolonise the garden and celebrate being proudly and safely Blak Outside.


  • Canopy Plants

    Canopy Plants

    Saskia grew up on a farm surrounded by nature and a long way from everything else and couldn't wait to leave and get to London! Slowly over the decade she has lived in the city she yearned more and more for the countryside that she was from. She was growing a lot of food on my balcony and had probably too many houseplants. She was spending a lot of time on the farm and knew that wasn't a luxury everyone had and wanted other people to be able to connect with Canopy Plants was born.


  • Forest


    South London’s houseplant haven, Forest specialises in unusual house plants and succulents, as well as lifestyle, design, homewares and natural skin care products. They have shops in Deptford and East Dulwich.


  • Happy Place Homewares

    Happy Place Homewares

    Abi founded Happy Place Homewares in January 2020 after being taken to a jesmonite workshop and falling in love with the medium. She has a passion for colour, design & plants so being able to combine these hobbies was ideal – now she sells happy colourful homewares and plant pots in abundance.


  • Hoy Pottery

    Hoy Pottery

    Caroline Hoy is a Margate-based ceramicist making small batches of one-off plant pots and more, with colourful illustrations and playful shapes.


  • L'Appartement


    L'Appartement is a specialised indoor plant business and shop in Peckham run by Franky and Symmy, two creatives who bring character and atmosphere by combining unique indoor plants with furniture, design and architecture, creating the ultimate green/urban lifestyle.

  • London Terrariums

    London Terrariums

    London Terrariums started in 2014 as a terrarium making studio in South East London. Today they have a store on Tottenham Court Road as well as their original New Cross space, they specialise in bespoke terrariums and terrarium workshops, running these all over London and the South East.


  • Plant Designs

    Plant Designs

    Plant Designs is a Farringdon-based shop selling a beautifully curated range of indoor plants, pots, and accessories. Whether you want to transform your home into a jungle or are looking for a thoughtful gift, Plant Designs is the perfect place to browse, seek inspiration, and get helpful advice from our team of expert horticulturists.


  • Succulent Garden

    Succulent Garden

    Succulent Garden specialise in rare and unusual variety of succulents. We grow succulents and create bespoke succulent arrangements.


  • Yolly


    Yolly is a tiny but beautiful flower shop in south east London selling illustrations, pressed flowers, plants, terracotta pots, dried flowers, bespoke seasonal British grown flowers, botanical books, ceramics. Haeckels products and soon to stock Japanese scissors.


Image: Illustration by Alicia Fernandes