Prize blooms and a floral extravaganza at the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Monday 24 August 2015

Join us as Mary Berry opens the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show on 8th September 2015

• The most important event on the RHS Garden Wisley calendar
• Over 50 nurseries including Chelsea Gold Medal Winners
• The National Dahlia Society Annual Show and competition
• In a garden brimming with fruit, berries and herbaceous borders in late summer bloom

Prize blooms and a floral extravaganza will take centre stage at The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley Flower Show. The 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. RHS Ambassador Mary Berry opens this year’s show.

The flower show will be a colourful visual feast with 50 nurseries displaying and selling plants and more than 100 exhibitors competing for top prizes in the National Dalia 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.

Many of the UK’s best nurseries, including 28 RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winners will attend. New nurseries at this year’s show include Beth Chatto’s Nursery with drought tolerant plants and Harkness Roses. Hooksgreen Herbs sell quality culinary, medicinal and scented herbs – from well-known favourites to more unusual varieties such as agrimony, used in ancient times for tired feet. Edulis also sells unusual edibles, including Chilean guava, reported to be Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit.

Trade stands include Garden and Wood, with antique garden tools and ephemera such as vintage advertising posters; and Chi Africa Ltd, specialists in handmade recycled metal sculptures.

Talks throughout the show offer inspiration on a range of gardening topics, from Mediterranean gardening and orchid cultivation to how to control Britain’s number one pest – the slug. The show also offers the chance for free, authoritative gardening advice from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Matthew Pottage, Deputy Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, says “The Flower Show is a vibrant horticultural hub, from high quality advice to the nurseries superb selection of plants and flowers. This extra riot of colour and scent adds to the garden’s late summer peak. Japanese anemones, cyclamen and dahlias in full glory, apples, pears and other fruit ready for harvest and trees brimming with berries. Look no further than the Wisley Flower Show to see all that is exciting about gardening.”

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

Once again, there is a plant crèche for convenience and a free shuttle bus from Horsley station throughout the show, and those travelling by train will receive 25% off their entry ticket.

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

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

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

Non-members:
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 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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