Friday 22 August 2014
RHS Ambassador to kick off late-summer floral extravaganza 2 – 7 September 2014
Mary Berry, RHS Ambassador, bestselling author and cook, will be opening the spectacular RHS Wisley Flower Show on its starting date of 2 September and signing copies of her books. The show is set to be a colourful one with the National Dahlia Society showing gorgeous blooms from a variety of exhibitors and the NAFAS (the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) putting on displays of newspaper-inspired floral art.
RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal-winning nurseries will be exhibiting their very best plants for sale, including cacti, hostas, dahlias, chrysanthemums, alpines, bonsai, herbs, conifers, lilies, tropical house plants and more. Tradestands will have a wealth of tools, sculptures, artwork, garden furniture and more, and the RHS Gardening Advice team will be answering gardening queries. Visitors can enter the ‘My Best Garden Dahlia’ competition, by taking a single stem along to the Dahlia Marquee by noon to be judged by a panel of experts, with prizes announced at 3pm each day. The Surrey Sculpture Society trail will also be enticing visitors out to all corners of Wisley in its late-summer splendour, with more than 60 sculptures positioned around the garden, all available to buy.
Colin Crosbie, Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, said: “I am thrilled that the National Dahlia Society Show will be returning to Wisley, as it went down a storm last year. It brings dahlias to the fore when they are looking their very best.”
Once again, there is a plant crèche for convenience, and plenty of places to grab a coffee on the go. On Tuesday 2 September enjoy a special breakfast at 7.30am in The Restaurant, followed by an exclusive tour of the show. The flower show is free with normal garden entry. Tickets for the preview breakfast cost £28 per RHS member; non-members £39 each. See www.rhs.org.uk/wisleyflowershow for details.
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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
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, 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.
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 Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262