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Houseplant Festival

Put the date in your diary, fiddle leaf fig fans, alocasia admirers, fern fiends, and dracaena devotees - the Garden Museum’s first Houseplant Festival will take place on Sunday 29 September 2019, 11am – 5pm.

Curated by Alice Vincent (author of How to Grow Stuff and writer for The Telegraph, @noughticulture) this all-day celebration of houseplants will bring the thriving online plant community to life in our friendly 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.

Sellers at the Houseplant Festival will include a curated selection of plant shops, stylists, 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.

Visitors can also sit in on a houseplant clinic with our panel of experts Jane Perrone, Kimberly Aston, Gynelle Leon and Dr Laura Jenkins; attend a talk presented by Bloom, a beautiful magazine for gardeners, plant admirers and nature lovers; or bring along a plant to give to a new home at London Terrariums’ plant swap.

Other activities include a fantasy greenhouse workshop with illustrator Lizzy Stewart blending drawing, print-making and leafy inspiration; a photography exhibition by Emily Haynes exploring ‘People and Plants’ and more to be announced in the coming months.

Talks and Activities

  • Bloom Lunchtime Talk | Houseplants: From Wild to Windowsill (and Where to Next)

    Bloom Lunchtime Talk | Houseplants: From Wild to Windowsill (and Where to Next)

    How did shelves, desks and floors around the world come to be topped with a pot of something green and (hopefully) growing? What can houseplants' native environments reveal about their likes, dislikes and quirks? And what about their future – as fashions change, will we move on from our monsteras? Join founder of Bloom magazine Zena Alkayat and a panel of esteemed guests for this wide-ranging talk that explores how houseplants came in from the outdoors, and what's next for our domesticated foliage.

    Zena Alkayat
    Zena is the founder of Bloom, a seasonal magazine for gardeners, plant admirers and nature lovers that's packed with practical projects, an exploration of the natural world and a celebration of all green spaces. www.bloommag.co.uk / @bloom_the_magazine

    Catherine Horwood
    Dr Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for plants and gardens. She is the author of Beth Chatto: A Life With Plants (Pimpernel Press), Gardening Women (Virago) and Potted History: The Story of Plants in the Home (Frances Lincoln). @catherine_horwood

    Jess Snowball
    Coming from a family of horticulturists, Jess fell in love with tropical and temperate flora during an internship at Chester Zoo. She trained at Kew Gardens before taking her current role as Glasshouse Manager at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Jess also writes a column on houseplants for Gardens Illustrated. @jess.snowball

    Anna Greenland
    Anna is at the heart of the organic growing movement. For over a decade she has grown the highest quality organic food for star chefs Raymond Blanc, Tom Aikens and Jamie Oliver. As Head Gardener at Soho Farmhouse, Anna created the vegetable, fruit and herb gardens from scratch, and is currently setting up her own market garden in Suffolk. @annagreenland

    Maya Thomas
    A cook, writer and herbologist (Dip RBGE), Maya has worked in herb and kitchen gardens the across the UK, including at Weleda and the Chelsea Physic Garden. She's given talks for The Slow Food Movement, Soho FarmHouse and Thyme Cookery School, and runs herbal workshops around the country. @themodernherbal

  • Houseplant Clinic

    Houseplant Clinic

    Struggling with crispy leaves and mouldy soil? Then come along to our houseplant clinic. Houseplant experts Jane Perrone, Kimberley Aston (@Kingstreetjungle), Laura Jenkins (@houseplanthouse) and Gynelle Leon (Prick London) will be on hand to discuss houseplant care and offer help for your plant questions. Think Gardener's Question Time, but for all your housebound plant pals!

  • Kimberley Aston - Houseplant Clinic Panellist

    Kimberley Aston - Houseplant Clinic Panellist

    Known online as botany enthusiast @kingstreetjungle Kimberley has long been a popular voice within the houseplant community due to her passion for sharing knowledge and plants. Preferring the weird and wonderful the natural world has to offer she is an active member of the British Cacti and Succulent Society as well as an allotment and community gardener.

  • Jane Perrone - Houseplant Clinic Panellist

    Jane Perrone - Houseplant Clinic Panellist

    Jane Perrone is a freelance journalist and creator of indoor gardening podcast On The Ledge. She writes about gardens and plants for the Guardian, the Financial Times, Garden Design Journal, Gardens Illustrated and others. She lives in Bedfordshire in a house stuffed with houseplants, and a garden full of weird vegetables.

  • Dr Laura Jenkins - Houseplant Clinic Panellist

    Dr Laura Jenkins - Houseplant Clinic Panellist

    Dr Laura Jenkins is the creator of HOUSEPLANTHOUSE, a digital hub exploring the contemporary nexus between houseplant care, interiors, photography + design. Her website and accompanying instagram (@_houseplanthaouse) document her (ever growing) plant collection and offers plant care and styling tips. She is a member of @therealhouseplantsof_ig; founders of plant swapping website houseplantswap.com. Laura's background is in art, design and academic research. Last summer she worked as a plant stylist and artist for the National Trust and contributed to an International pollinator project that highlighted the declining bee population.

  • Fantasy Greenhouse Workshop with Lizzy Stewart

    Fantasy Greenhouse Workshop with Lizzy Stewart

    What would you grow in your own unique greenhouse? Wild flowers? Tropical trees? Maybe some spiky cacti? Fill your own greenhouse with glorious greenery at this drawing and printing workshop with author and illustrator Lizzy Stewart, the talent behind our lovely Houseplant Festival poster design.

  • London Terrariums Plant Swap

    London Terrariums Plant Swap

    Bring along at least one, two or as many pest-free, beautiful plants as you wish to part with, these can be potted up or in the form of bare root propagations and cuttings. Meet some like-minded plant lovers, have a chat about the plant you are swapping and gain a new one to take away with you!

  • People and Plants - Exhibition

    People and Plants - Exhibition

    People and Plants is a project by photographer Richard Round-Turner and house plant enthusiast Emily Haynes. The portraits capture people in London that live or work with plants. Alongside the portraits are stories about what plants mean to people and how they’ve come to be in their lives. The photos are natural, uncomplicated and honest - mirroring the simple pleasure that comes from being with plants.


  • Bloom


    Bloom is a magazine for gardeners, plant admirers, nature lovers and curious explorers. It is beautiful and useful, it makes you muse on the handsomeness of nature and it inspires you to get out there and be a part of it. The seasonal magazine promises practical gardening projects, an exploration of the natural world and a thought-provoking celebration of green spaces, whether they’re in the countryside or the city, on your windowsill or in an allotment, highly groomed or utterly wild.

  • Folia Planting

    Folia Planting

    Offering a beautiful range of houseplants, pots and accessories for homes and interior spaces, Cheltenham based Folia Planting are also happy to give advice to help you find the right plant for the right place.

  • Forest London

    Forest London

    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.

  • Graen Studios

    Graen Studios

    Specialising in design-led products for the art and practice of growing plants, their name comes from grænn – the Icelandic word for green.

  • Horticure


    horticure was launched to simplify plant care. Individuals with deep knowledge about plants (aka, their Plant Specialists) can be booked to either come to the homes and offices of plant owners by appointment, or help plant owners via virtual appointments, to ensure the health, watering, light, temperature, soil, placement and pot-size of indoor plants are optimal.

  • L’Appartement


    L'Appartement is a specialised indoor plant business 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.

  • Leaf Envy

    Leaf Envy

    Leaf Envy’s mission is to make plant parenthood fun, simple and hassle-free. With tailored plant recommendations, easy to understand care advice, watering reminders, and quality but affordable plants delivered to your door, Leaf Envy is designed to help you create, build and grow your indoor jungle of dreams.

  • London Terrariums

    London Terrariums

    Launched in 2014 by Emma Sibley, London Terrariums are a South London based terrarium shop and studio, specialising in workshops learning about the history and science of these miniature ecosystems. Since making terrariums, their love of propagating and sharing houseplants sparked their Plant Swap events, which they are also bringing to the Houseplant Festival!

  • Mind the Cork

    Mind the Cork

    Founded in 2014 by designer Jenny Espirito Santo, mind the cork combines playful minimalism with sustainable materials to create contemporary eco friendly cork homeware and lifestyle products.

  • MR Studio London

    MR Studio London

    East London artist duo Mike Pollard & Rika Yamasaki create artworks, designs and prints using flowers & plants found around them: either home-grown in their garden or locally sourced from a forest nearby.

  • The Nunhead Gardener

    The Nunhead Gardener

    The Nunhead Gardener is a tranquil city garden centre, conveniently situated opposite the Nunhead Railway Station in south London. Independently owned and run, we aim to cater for the needs of all types of urban gardener and home jungle enthusiast.

  • Onion Studio

    Onion Studio

    Contemporary products inspired by fresh, simple and natural forms, Onion Studio is a creative space in North London founded by Anita Ferrari

  • Patch


    Patch is an online plant shop for Londoners who want to be able to buy and look after their plants with confidence. We believe that plants aren’t only beautiful, but an essential part of keeping our mental and physical wellbeing in check. We deliver to your door and have made a super simple course to help you help your plants.

  • Prick London

    Prick London

    Prick is London's first boutique dedicated to cacti and other succulents. Based in Dalston, east London, it offers a selection of the most unusual and exotic plants sourced from across the UK and Europe. Prick sees cacti and succulents as living sculptures that take years to fully develop, a beautiful and sustainable way to transform any interior.

  • Ro Co

    Ro Co

    Ro Co are an indoor botanical design and installation studio, helping companies enhance their environments with high quality indoor greenery. Set up by Rose and Caro in 2014, they are also the authors of House of Plants and Root, Nurture, Grow.

  • Stengun Drawings

    Stengun Drawings

    Stengun Drawings is a botanical design brand offering a collection of premium paper goods combining a love of natural beauty and modernist culture. Each artwork starts life as a photograph taken whilst on a field trip which in turn inspires an acrylic painting. Originals are then digitally mastered before publishing. Stengun Drawings is a no-plastic company, all products and packaging are 100% biodegradable.

Image: Forest London © Emma Jackson Photography