Hortus Loci Chelsea Plant Preview

Join us for a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants destined for Chelsea’s top show gardens, with a private tour of growers Hortus Loci and a talk from award-winning designer Matt Keightley - Friday 20th April 2018   SOLD OUT



The RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcases not just the best garden designs and designers but also the best plants, and nursery Hortus Loci is a key grower for the show gardens – the details of which are usually kept top secret until the event. Working in close partnership with designers, the growing and sourcing of plants begins as much as a year before the show, reaching a frenzy of logistics once the garden builds begin in early May.

Our Reader Day will give you a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants being grown for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, just before they head off for Chelsea. You’ll get a sneak peek at what’s likely to be this year’s must-have plant, as well as an insight into the planning and growing process.

Nurserymen Mark Straver and Robin Wallis will talk about how they grow the plants needed, and two-time Chelsea award winner Matt Keightley will talk about the process involved in selecting plants for a show garden.


Matt Keightley is an award-winning garden designer whose Chelsea show gardens have twice won the coveted BBC/RHS People’s Choice Award in 2014 and 2015.



Mark Straver comes from a long line of nurserymen. He set up Hortus Loci in 2011 and is known for his expertise in sourcing a wide range of plants from around the world. 



Robin Wallis is Hortus Loci’s Sales Director and has spent his entire working life in nursery and garden centre management.




Event details
Date Friday 20 April 2018
Venue The Plant Centre,Hortus Loci, Hound Green, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8LQ.

10am Arrival, coffee and cakes.
10.30am Guided tour of the Chelsea plants and the nursery with accompanying talk.
12 noon Lunch provided by on-site Hobo.co artisan café and kitchen.
1.30pm Talk by Matt Keightley on show garden planting.
For the rest of the afternoon you are free to wander round the nursery, buy plants with
your special Reader Day 20% discount and enjoy a cup of tea. 

Tickets cost £85 per person, including lunch and refreshments and a 20% discount off plant purchases on the day. You can also sign up on the day for a loyalty card entitling you to a 10% discount whenever you make a purchase at The Plant Centre Hortus Loci.

Tickets and directions will be sent out prior to the event. Booking essential. Please advise us if you have any dietary or accessibility requirements. 


Online at www.seetickets.com/tour/gardens-illustrated 
Alternatively you can call UK 0871 230 7156*

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