RHS Ambassador Mary Berry to kick off late-summer floral extravaganza

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 cr?che 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. Tickets cost ?28 per RHS member; non-members ?39 each. See?www.rhs.org.uk/wisleyflowershow?for details.

Normal garden entry applies. For more information visit?www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

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