Millennial gardeners don't want to just buy things: we want to learn

Houseplants galore: the RHS Urban Garden Show
Houseplants galore: the RHS Urban Garden Show

I always get excited when I see people carrying bags of plants. It’s a happy thing: a new houseplant clutched by a new owner, full of promise, and the sense of an event nearby that I should probably be at, if I’m not on my way there already. On Friday night, in sleepy, light-fading Belgravia, I saw a steady trickle of people carrying bags of plants, and got just as enthused as normal. This was the opening evening of this year's RHS Urban Garden Show, two years since the first incarnation of the event first descended on the institution’s exhibition halls.

The Urban Garden Show was set up after the Society realised the need “to be addressing a whole new demographic, both younger and urban”, organiser...

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