RHS Ambassador Mary Berry to open RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Monday 22 June 2015

Best-selling author and cook will headline six-day floral extravaganza

RHS Ambassador Mary Berry will open this year’s annual flower show at The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley, in Surrey. The spectacular six-day flower festival (8-13 September 2015) offers visitors the chance to enjoy a profusion of plants and flowers, seek the best gardening advice and explore the garden in its late summer glory.

Mary Berry was appointed an RHS Ambassador last year, and champions the principle of growing your own food as well as RHS Garden Wisley, her favourite garden. As well as opening the show on 8 September, she will also participate in a book signing.

The show will be a colourful visual feast with over 60 nurseries and garden trade stands displaying their wares and more than 100 exhibitors competing for the top prizes in the National Dahlia Society Annual Show. Members of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) will be displaying a vibrant selection of floral art under the theme ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ The show also offers the chance to source free, authoritative gardening advice from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Many of the UK’s best nurseries, including 28 medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, will be offering plants for sale. Hooksgreen Herbs sell quality culinary, medicinal and scented herbs – from well-known varieties such as basil and thyme to agrimony, used in ancient times for foot baths and tired feet; Korean Mint, used for hangovers and Bronze Bugle, a traditional remedy for arthritic complaints. Edulis sells unusual edible plants, including Oca, an Andean root crop grown by the Incas and Chilean guava, reported to be Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit.

Trade stands include Garden and Wood, which sells quirky antique garden tools like glass cucumber straighteners and ephemera such as vintage advertising posters and flower show programmes; and Chi Africa Ltd, which specialise in handmade recycled metal sculptures, with herons made from recycled oil drums and robins crafted from factory off-cuts.

There will be a strong programme of talks throughout the show on a range of gardening topics, from Mediterranean gardening and orchid cultivation to how to control Britain’s number one pest – the slug.

Colin Crosbie, Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, says “The Flower Show is vibrant hub for all that is exciting about gardening, from high quality advice to a superb selection of plants and flowers. It adds an extra riot of colour and scent to the garden during its late summer peak, with Japanese anemones, cyclamen and dahlias in full glory, apples, pears and other fruit ready for harvest and trees brimming with berries.”

Visitors to the show can also enjoy the spectacular colour of the herbaceous borders and the creative inspiration of the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail around the garden. Around 60 sculptures from established and up-and-coming artists from across South East England will be on display and available to buy.

There will be a free shuttle bus from Horsley station every 20 minutes throughout opening hours of the show, and those who travel by train will receive 25% off their entry ticket.

See rhs.org.uk/wisley for details and to book.


Notes to editors

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Notes to Editors:
Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

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 over 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 help us 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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