Last weekend was my first time visiting Grow London – The Contemporary Garden & lifestyle Fair on Hampstead Heath. A show that brings together the worlds of horticulture, design and good taste – with the launch of two new sections this year, it’s third year, Grow Living & Grow Gourmet. The perfect combination of a quality pavilion put up in a beautiful location filled with all kinds of flora & fauna. I had a few designer maker friends in the line up so thought it would be worth a visit and it turned in to a wonderful day.
Will Ramsey, the fair founder who is also the man behind The Affordable Art Fair, has curated a great mix of local & knowledgable nurseries, small independent brands all with a bit of nature inspired products or themes for people to explore. There was event a programme of talks & workshops, with a large theatre at the end and little corner workshop areas spread out amongst the exhibitors over all 3 days. From herbal medicine workshops or talks on the bee population there was a little bit of knowledge thrown in with the fun making it a day out for all the family.
A few featured areas included: The Green Wood guild demonstrate woodworking, The Flower Union promoting British cut flowers & right in the centre a large macrame chandelier by artist Helen Robinson. The exhibitors each offered something a little different & unique, here are a few of my favourites & a couple of new discoveries incase you missed out.
L9 Garden Brocante –
Lovely antique vintage pots, pans & even a kettle or two for planting up or just as ornaments and points of interest. They only do three fairs a year, Chelsea Flower Show, Grow London & RHS Hampton Court the rest of the year is searching around for their finds. Catch them while you can!
K6 My Visible Object –
Tony has such a vision when it comes to exciting creative projects, with a wonderful background he now, with a little design help, creates metal garden signage & sculptures featuring poetry, quotes and even your own text. Everything is made to order from renewable materials with no waste, with lots of variety to choose from. He is going to make me a location pin for Arundel to test out, they would be great for events or businesses to assist in being found easily.
L4 Blueleaf Plants –
I love succulents and these specialists from kent had lots of containers designed and planted up ready for the taking. They also work on small green roof gardens offering consultations if you want to add a unique feature to your home.
GL7 Lorna Syson –
I am very much in love with Lorna at the moment after only seeing her a week or so before in her studio it was lovely to see her stall display looking blooming beautiful. Her fabric plant pots are so handy (quiet literally they make it easier to handle a plant pot) and her designs all feature natures beauty in well chosen colour ways.
GL10 573 Degrees –
A collective of clay focused artists of whom I met Helen Evans from Planet Ceramics and got to find out a little about her glazing process and its challenges dealing with ‘the unknown outcome’. Really unique and subtle in their impact well worth a look.
GL22 This Way to the Circus –
The lovely Boe had a pretty kick ass display of her hand painted funky plant plots that every house needs for that lonely hallway table, or too tiny kitchen shelf. They come in all sort of sizes all the way down to a tiny trio of immortal plant figures for those with a black thumb.
GL17 Jeff Josephine Designs –
Designer. Illustrator. Ceramicist. Sophie is a multi talented lady who likes to celebrate the mundane and embellish the everyday, its a lovely mantra. Lots of work to choose from but lots are limited edition so get in there quick if you find something.
GL28 Stolen Form –
Christian is really inspired by the urban environment which is obvious in his work, he chose features from the city around him and transform them in to functional ceramic products. I have his work before but the new coloured glazes he’s been experimenting with are really stunning and deserve a mention. Fill one of his London Brick vases with flowers and you have a country meets city collaboration thats heavenly.
GL35 Marby & Elm –
Eleanor is such a love. Her shop in Clerkenwell is a stationary gem & acts as an outlet for her letterpress talent and great sense of humour. With new products coming in all the time, including irish linen ‘You wash I’ll Dry’ tea towels woven just for them.
A few other clever, unique or just really well made products included:
Now we can’t forget about the plants! I ended up buying only what I could carry back to West Sussex which was a real shame, there was a great selection to choose from. I ended up with a distinct thistle from Hardy’s & a tree fern from Todd’s Botanics. Now to finish up a couple of the stunning displays that couldn’t be ignored.
F8 N1 & W6 Garden Centres
G10 Boma Garden Centre
So Grow London has officially been added to the diary for 2017, I think its only going to get better. And if you think well I don’t have a big garden, not to keen on flowers… there is something for even the most reluctant flower lover.