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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 from the Garden Cafe, a drink from Midsummer Nightcap 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.

Talks

Saturday 23rd October, 11:00am | Catherine Horwood: Retro Houseplants and What We Can Learn From Them

Saturday 23rd October, 2:00pm | The Green Indoors

Sunday 24th October, 2:00pm | Drying Flowers: From Amaranth to Yarrow

Workshops

  • 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 23 Oct, drop-in from 5pm
    £6 on the door

  • Plant Swap hosted by London Terrariums

    Plant Swap hosted by London Terrariums

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

    Sign up and label your plants from 10am, ready to start swapping at 11.30am on Sunday 24 October.

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

Stalls

  • 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.

    @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 nature...so Canopy Plants was born.

    @canopyplants

  • Happy Place Homewares

    Happy Place Homewares

    Happy Place Homewares was born when a new hobby quickly got out of hand.
    Combining a love of colour, design and plants we love to bring a little bit of joy from our happy place to yours.

    We will be bringing a curated selection of homewares, planters & plants to the houseplant festival this year and can’t wait to see you all!

    @happyplacehomewares

  • Hello There Linda

    Hello There Linda

    Linda is a dappled courtyard space in Hackney selling shade-loving plants for window sills, balconies, courtyards and gardens. We create window boxs to order, bespoke planting plans and garden redesigns. We also stock scented-leaf pelargoniums for inside and out and an ever-changing range of vintage and new pots and planters.

    For Saturday only!

    @hellotherelinda

  • L'Appartement

    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.

    @lappartement.london

  • 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.

    @londonterrariums

  • Papaya Plants

    Papaya Plants

    This was a dream long overdue. During a not so bright time of my life, plants helped me the same way pets help others. I found some plants need you more - those that flourish and others that don’t. A few plants in the flat quickly turned into a jungle of 50+ including the Monstera that wants to invade my upstairs neighbour’s flat.
    Papaya was born in March 2020 with my partner in crime who has never said no to “one more plant” in the flat. We created our own city jungle and have started this venture to support you in creating yours.

    @papayaplants

  • PlantBe

    PlantBe

    Plant Be Studio is a small start-up based in West London. The brand was born from my passion for bringing nature indoors with stylish, design-led products. Our work is made to last and we’re incredibly focused on sustainable, ethical production.

    We work with small-scale manufacturers and artisans in Europe to curate and create a collections of unique plant accessories such as pots, wall mounted pot hangers and plant stakes.
    Enhance your greenery with our modern and simple design.

    @plantbestudio

  • 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.

    @plantdesignsldn

  • Succulent Garden

    Succulent Garden

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

    @succulentgarden_uk

  • Ugly Plantling

    Ugly Plantling

    "Jewel orchids" (occasionally also called marble orchids or filigree orchids) are a collective term used for terrestrial orchids that tend to grow on the forest floor throughout the tropics and sub-tropics at various levels of elevation, depending on the species. They are generally known and kept for their gloriously dark and sparkly leaves (like little jewels really!), with veins that look like streaks of lightning or gold/rose gold filigree.
    There are literally hundreds of jewel orchid species, selected cultivars and hybrids these days, although most people wouldn't know this. Many of these types of jewel orchids need special conditions to grow well and thrive, and so not all of these are suitable for cultivation.
    At Ugly Plantling, we trial a LOT of jewel orchids ourselves first before we offer to you the ones that can thrive in their forever home with only a little bit of extra care. All our jewel orchids are uniquely selected cultivar or hybrids or clones propagated through tissue culture and never taken from the wild in any part of the world.
    As passionate indoor gardeners ourselves, we want to enable houseplant enthusiasts to discover the joys of growing some seriously unusual and rare low maintenance jewel orchids that with only a little extra care can absolutely thrive in your home!

  • Yolly

    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.

    @yolandachiamarello

Image: Illustration by Alicia Fernandes