Mary Berry Opens RHS Wisley Flower Show with a Slice of Giant Floral Cake

Tuesday 8 September 2015

• Mary Berry opens the RHS Wisley Flower Show today, Tuesday 8 September • The most important event on the RHS Garden Wisley calendar • 50 nurseries including RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold-medal winners attending



RHS Ambassador Mary Berry took a large slice from a giant Victoria sponge cake made of flowers to celebrate the opening of RHS Wisley Flower Show this morning, Tuesday 8 September.

The 80cm-wide x 60cm-high cake, intricately made from late-summer flowers including around 1000 carnations, a ‘cream topping’ of white hydrangeas and a ‘jam filling’ of Naomi Roses, was made by Simon Lycett, floral decorator to royalty and celebrities.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Wisley Flower Show is a six-day flower festival (8–13 September 2015) held at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey, offering a spectacular selection of beautiful blooms to buy, enjoy and admire. Visitors are able to witness a profusion of plants and flowers, seek the best gardening advice and explore the garden in its late-summer glory.

Leading the show are 50 nurseries, including 28 RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winners, which are displaying and selling plants ranging from popular favourites to rare, unusual and threatened cultivars. These include:

• ‘Moshoeshoe’, a new variety of Tulbaghia (known as society garlic, as it doesn’t make your breath smell) (Edulis)
• yacón, or Peruvian ground apple (Smallanthus sonchifolius), rarely sold in the UK (Pennard Plants)
• new varieties of gladioli such as dark purple Gladiolus ‘Midnight’ (Pheasant Acre Plants)
• rare and endangered selections of heather, including mauve-flowered Calluna vulgaris ‘Dainty Bess’ and “scruffy and disorganised” lavender-coloured Calluna vulgaris ‘Mickkle-Dickkle’. (John Hall Plants)

More than 100 exhibitors are competing for top prizes in the National Dahlia Society Annual Show. Vibrant displays of floral art under the theme ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ by members of the Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) will be displayed in The Glasshouse.

Matthew Pottage, Acting Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, says: “Mary Berry has set the scene for a wonderful show – it is looking fantastic this year, with all the nurseries and floral displays adding an extra riot of colour and scent to the garden at its late-summer peak. There has been a steady flow of visitors all morning and we hope to welcome many more in the week ahead.”

The giant floral cake will be on display for the rest of the week in front of The Glasshouse at Wisley. There are plenty of other options for edible cake and other refreshments throughout the show including the Taste of Wisley Restaurant, which serves fresh garden produce picked at its peak.

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About RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
0845 260 9000
(Calls to RHS ‘08’ numbers cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider`s access charge.)Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).

Adults £12.00 (£13.20 Including Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £ 6.00 (£6.60 Including Gift Aid)
Children under 5yrs Free
Family (2 + 2) £29.75 (£32.75 Including Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £10.80 per person
Green travel by bus or bicycle £9.90 per person
Group visits must be booked in advance.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, 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. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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