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Grow London

June 22, 2015

I was really looking forward to the return of Grow London, the contemporary garden fair now in its second year. I missed it last year by a couple of days and was determined to make it this time.

Truth be told, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is that it’s always nice to have green inspiration. Off I went on the first day.

Right from the start I had a good feeling. There was a lovely vibe in the air.

I loved this installation by Ben Walker, here below, (BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Arts) entitled: Melon, W


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Artist’s Statement: “Melon, W (2015) is the result of a visual study of ‘In Watermelon Sugar’, the novel by Richard Brautigan. The book is a presentation of a sanitised utopia, where residents craft their houses, bridges and lives out of watermelon. When accompanied by the fog rolling over the soil, the bathtub, with its exterior enamel shell, is a further reference to the vats used to make the ‘sweet watermelon sugar’ described by Brautigan. As a vessel for water, it feeds the flowers that sprout from its core.”

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There were too many exhibitors and stands to mention so I’ve picked a few here.


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Botany was exhibiting as part of the Gardenista Market.

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Fab plant pot hangers by Eleanor Bolton, also as part of the Gardenista Market.

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There were succulents galore!!!

I was definitely in love with these conifers by Lime Cross Nursery.

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And of course one of the main highlights was the incredible stand design by Petersham Nurseries. They actually erected a feature garden and were offering workshops. They recently started a School of Garden Inspiration events. Why not join the slow gardening discussion at Rosewood London. As part of the Rosewood London Slow Food & Slow Living market this is a monthly series of cutting edge, thought-provoking and transformative ‘Slow Life’ and Slow Food conversations and experiences.

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Feature garden

These gorgeous Zinnias were floating in a bowl. Talk about colour inspiration as well as flower inspiration.

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I bought some lovely herbs and plants from Edible Scape and enjoyed talking to Bradley from Boma Garden Centre, where I not so long ago bought my Spider Lily from.

There’s something about plants that makes people happy and it was most evident at this successful fair. Thank you for the inspiration Grow London. Can’t wait for next year!

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  • Reply Holly June 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Looks cool! Your pics are awesome. Love the Melon, W exhibit. In Watermelon Sugar sounds like an interesting read. Will jot down in case I ever get a chance 😉

    This post coincides well with our plant crazy phase these last couple of weeks. We now have an outdoor garden with 4 tomato plants, 2 english cucumbers and some herbs (mint, basil, parsley). And we got some new housemates too – a bird of paradise plant, 2 little cacti living in the same pot, one mini succulent, some airplants hanging in glass terrariums, and a coffee plant (!!!) which actually had 7 individual plants within, so we separated and repotted individually. We have lots of plant friends now! Might be able to participate in Urban Jungle Bloggers finally lol. Pics to come soon on IG 😉


    • Reply tina June 25, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I just LOVED the fair. Everything about it was good.

      Blimey, you’ve been busy!!!! Wow ‘plant crazy phase’ indeed and so cool you’re growing tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs. Wishing you all the best of luck with these! Loving all your housemates:-) too. Oh please join UJB. June’s edition is actually out today. Then there’s a summer break until September but you can actually join ANYTIME!

      Can’t wait for IG pics xxx

  • Reply Alison Sye June 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Looks very inspirational, Tina. Lush photos. I especially like those conifers.

    • Reply tina June 25, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Oh, the conifers stole my heart. Will blog more details about them soon xx

  • Reply Maya June 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    So many plants! They’re lovely and the Melon, W is stunning. There’s so many shapes and colors, I bet it was lovely to visit the fair.

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