Have you seen the Scarecrow Trail?

Friday 5 July 2013

Surrey WI groups show off their creative talent with unique designs

Members of the local Surrey Women’s Institute (WI) have joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) flagship garden RHS Garden Wisley to display their creative talent in a fantastic scarecrow trail (19 July – 18 August 2013).

With nearly 100 scarecrows dotted around the garden it offers an ideal reason to explore Wisley alone or as part of a family day out. Children will love the excitement of following the trail around the garden and adults will be amazed by the craftsmanship that goes into the making of these countryside icons.

The trail is free with normal garden entry.

For those wanting a sneak preview, come along on Thursday 18 July at 6.30pm (until 9pm) for a special behind-the-scenes evening. See the scarecrows at your own pace, meet the makers themselves and learn how they created these magnificent works of art. There will be a bar and barbeque along with The Charley Farley Sunday Four band who will be playing an eclectic mix of country, skiffle, jazz and rock’n’roll music.

It is one of only two nights of the year when Wisley opens its doors late, so take the chance to see the garden after hours. Visit our world-class Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, which will be in full bloom, and enjoy the iconic mixed borders that lead you up to Battleston Hill and the towering Henry Moore sculpture The Arch. The wildflower meadows will also be starting to look fantastic and are well worth a visit.

Strictly Scarecrows Evening: RHS members & member guest £6
Non-members £9
Call 0845 612 1253* to book.
For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  
*Lines open Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm


Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Samantha Bevington on 01483 479798 or email samanthabevington@rhs.org.uk

RHS Gardens are open every day, except for Christmas Day. Opening times and admission prices vary. RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley 0845 260 9000

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr 01423 504859

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall 0845 265 8071

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor 01805 626810

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. 209 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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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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