RHS Celebrates Harvest with Huge Food Festival

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Appetising events being held in October at all four RHS Gardens

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will celebrate harvest with an autumn festival aimed at foodies, families and grow-your-own enthusiasts across all four RHS Gardens. The festival will take place over the weekend of 12–13 October at RHS Gardens Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; and 16–20 October at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

The gardens will host stalls selling the best of local artisan produce from cheese and jam to heritage apples and wild mushrooms, as well as fruit and vegetables grown on site. Tastings, cookery demos, talks and book signings will also take place. Games and activities for children, and live music will create a festival atmosphere. For those keen to grow as well as eat, RHS gardening experts and the advisory team will be on hand with tips and information.

Whether you have a windowbox, front lawn, smallholding, allotment or just a vase to fill – there will be something taking place at an RHS Garden for you.

What’s on in the four RHS Gardens:

Taste of Autumn at RHS Garden Wisley (Surrey)
At the RHS flagship garden in Surrey around 40 exhibitors will be gathering to show off the very best of the season’s produce and artisan food with fruit and vegetables, jams, cheeses, meats, wines and more available to see, taste and take home. Cookery demonstrations from chef Rosemary Moon, live music, family activities, expert talks and book signings from the likes of Pippa Greenwood, James Martin and Jekka McVicar will help keep crowds entertained. The Society’s very own apple expert Jim Arbury will also be on hand to identify mystery apples brought in by visitors.

Grow Your Own Autumn Festival at RHS Garden Harlow Carr (North Yorkshire)
To celebrate UK Fungus Day (13 October), RHS Garden Harlow Carr and the Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group will put on a beautiful display to help visitors identify unusual specimens. Local artisan producers will sell the best of the season’s edibles, and chef Lionel Strubb will perform mushroom miracles and whip up seasonal specialities in the kitchen garden with its woodburning oven and fire pit. Live music and family-friendly activities including mask-making, mushroom themed games and fungus decoder quizzes will keep the whole family entertained. RHS experts will also be on site to answer all your growing questions and to give handy tips and tricks to try at home. Supported by Mr Fothergill’s.

Taste of Autumn at RHS Garden Rosemoor (Devon)
In its celebration of the fantastic colours, flavours and edible delights of the autumn season, RHS Garden Rosemoor will join the mushroom theme. Weekend activities include guided walks around Rosemoor’s own fruit and vegetable garden, fruit tasting, food stalls and family fun. As part of UK Fungus Day (13 October) there will also be mushroom sampling, displays, children activities, expert advice, fungi habitat walks and cookery demonstrations using fresh seasonal produce. The Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be featuring mushroom- and autumn-themed dishes.

Grow Your Own Autumn Festival at RHS Garden Hyde Hall (Essex)
Celebrating everything autumnal, RHS Garden Hyde Hall will host colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and local produce. At the craft fair, visitors will also be able to view and purchase contemporary craft and art from some of the finest professional designer/makers in the UK today. The Cottage Garden Society will be giving talks on ‘Plants 4 Free’, and RHS experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Children can enjoy a mini farm, longest apple-peel competitions, apple tasting and craft activities. Supported by Mr Fothergill’s.



Notes to editors

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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 CS3 8ET
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH

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

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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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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