Grow London 2015: The Contemporary Garden Fair


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.

Grow London Hampstead Heath

Grow London

My grandmother and Aarya enjoying the feature gardens

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

Grow London The Urban Botanist2

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!

Grow London Market

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.

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3 Comments on Grow London 2015: The Contemporary Garden Fair

  1. Rocco & Rose
    Thursday, July 9th, 2015 22:27 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Looks like a fantastic day out and your Grandmother is so beautiful!Did she enjoy coming back to London?

    I really love all of the trailing plants at the moment. I think they look wonderful hung in ceramic pots with leather strings. The cloche filled with little plants looks so cute too, I think this trend will last for a while. I also love glass displays, as its so much fun to create little worlds of plants and nature walk finds.

  2. Rohini:TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped
    Sunday, July 12th, 2015 15:59 at 3:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much @Rocco & Rose – I agree she is! She is still here and enjoying time with her great grand-daughter.

    Agreed – it’s such an effortless way to bring greenery into the modern home!

  3. parquets-haifa
    Monday, July 13th, 2015 09:48 at 9:48 am (4 years ago)

    It looks so beautiful and so inspiring.

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