For any of you who follow me on Instagram you will know my grandmother is visiting from Calcutta. She used to live here in the 50’s for a while when my grandfather’s job bought them and my uncle to London and returned to India soon after my mother was born. She visits us every few years and I love to take her around doing quintessentially English things [last time we visited Westminster Abbey all abuzz after the Royal Wedding, visited Greenwich and took the boat back up the Thames, took in the sights of Liberty and its Christmas Shop and caught up on Downton of course].
So adding to our schedule of delightful things to do – a few weeks ago we visited Grow London a new “Urban Gardening Show” located on beautiful Hampstead Heath. A show featuring over 100 exhibitors from contemporary garden furniture brands, inspiring nurseries sand a tempting edit of fine garden sculpture, covetable pots, planters, accessories and tools.
Some of my favourite offerings were lovely new prints from hand screen printed home textile brand Thornback and Peel and a display of their stunning deck-chairs. Etsy shop Adorn Homeware‘s covetable geometric copper hanging planters for Air plants were a sure fire best seller as were metalworker Belinda Ferreter unusual sculptural bird feeders in elegant matte hues. The Urban Botanist was at hand to take care of all Terrarium needs and I loved Ragged Rose’s pretty and practical textiles for outdoor living
My favourite part of the fair was the Gardenista Market which was a kind of general store for urban gardens bringing together artisan sellers, boutique garden stores and shop curators – too easy to fill up my shopping basket here!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at email@example.com