RHS Ambassador Mary Berry to open RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

RHS Ambassador Mary Berry will open this year?s annual flower show at The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley, in Surrey.

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.

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.

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