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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Appetising events being held in October at all four RHS Gardens

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be celebrating harvest with an autumn festival aimed at foodies, families and grow-your-own enthusiasts held at all four RHS Gardens. Supported by Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, the four festivals will be packed with tastings, artisan food markets, cookery demonstrations, seasonal produce displays, live music, book signings, advice, family activities and more.

• RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire: A Taste of Autumn, 4 – 5 October 2014
• RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon: Apple Day, 5 October 2014
• RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey: A Taste of Autumn, 15 – 19 October 2014
• RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex: Autumn Festival, 18-19 October 2014

Whether you have a windowbox, front lawn, smallholding, allotment or just a vase to fill, there will be something delicious taking place at an RHS Garden for you. Entry to all festivals is free with normal garden entry, for more details see: https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/Whats-on-at-RHS-Gardens/Taste-of-Autumn-festivals

What’s on in the four RHS Gardens:

A Taste of Autumn at RHS Garden Harlow Carr (North Yorkshire), 4 – 5 October

RHS Garden Harlow Carr is celebrating autumn with a weekend of expert advice, cookery demonstrations, tastings, displays, crafts and more. Local artisan producers will be selling a range of tasty treats from pickles and pies, to beer and brownies. Top French chef Lionel Strub will be cooking up a storm with an outdoor oven and fire pit, demonstrating how to take seasonal produce from plot to plate. The BarrowBand will be singing, dancing and juggling its way through a repertoire of fruit- and vegetable-themed songs, and the festival atmosphere will continue with pumpkin seed art making, wood turning, basket making and other crafts. RHS experts will be on site to answer questions and, with a drop-in mushroom-growing workshop, a fruit-advice service from BBC Radio York gardening presenter Martin Fish and a guess the weight of the giant pumpkin display, visitors will leave inspired.

Apple Day at RHS Garden Rosemoor (Devon), 5 October
RHS Garden Rosemoor will be bringing in autumn with a celebration of that great West Country classic, the apple. Visitors will be able to see, taste and buy a huge range of apples, most not available in supermarkets, as well as picking up tempting ideas on how to make the most of autumn bounty with cooking demonstrations. Stalls will be selling a variety of produce including juices, fruit and cider. RHS experts will be on hand to identify mystery apple cultivars (please bring at least two apples from each, complete with stalks, and ideally also a shoot with leaves) and there will be inspiring talks and demonstrations on planting, training and pruning. Morris dancers will top off the festival atmosphere and entice visitors out to explore the garden at its colourful autumn best.

A Taste of Autumn at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey), 15 – 19 October
At the RHS flagship garden in Surrey, exhibitors will be gathering to show off the very best of the season’s produce and artisan foods to see, taste and take home. More than 40 stalls will be selling pies, garlic, cheeses, jams, fudge, meats and, of course, fruit and vegetables. A huge range of apples from the vast Wisley Orchard will be available to taste and juice. RHS experts will be on hand to offer advice, seed-planting tips, apple pressing, and mystery apple identification. Vibrant fruit paintings from RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winner Anna Mason will be on display together with striking, prizewinning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

Autumn Festival at RHS Garden Hyde Hall (Essex), 18 – 19 October
Celebrating everything autumnal, RHS Garden Hyde Hall will be packed with colourful displays and stalls of fruit, vegetables and local produce, family fun, crafts, advice and more. Traditional Essex apple cultivars such as ‘Chelmsford Wonder’ and ‘Braintree Seedling’ from the Heritage Apple Orchard will be available to munch, juice and taste, and the Essex branch of the National Vegetable Society will be showing off the best of the harvest. Stalls will be selling a range of produce and artisan foods, and craftspeople will be demonstrating woodcarving and chainsawing with gifts to buy. Lucy Chamberlain, editor of Grow Your Own magazine, will be manning the horticultural advice desk, and for kids there will be a mini-farm, an autumn i-spy garden trail, longest apple peel competitions and more.



Notes to editors

For more information and images, please contact Stephanie Shepherd in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or stephanieshepherd@rhs.org.uk
Photographs are available to download at www.rhs.photoshelter.com. Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact pressoffice@rhs.org.uk to gain access.
Notes to Editors:
Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Gardens
The RHS has four gardens across the UK:

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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About Mr Fothergill’s
Mr Fothergill’s is one of the best-known names in gardening, with a reputation for quality products backed by the service of a family-owned and run business. Its seeds are available from garden centres and other retailers nationwide, while seeds, plants and a host of gardening products are offered by mail order from either catalogues or its website www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

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About the RHS

The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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