Gardens

THE SIX-day RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show returns tomorrow, Tuesday 3 September with a plethora of inspiration, expert advice and shopping opportunities for gardening enthusiasts.

A visitor looks at agapanthus flowers planted in a tuba on the Hoyland Plant Centre stand at the RHS Wisley Flower Show 2015.

This year, more than 50 specialist nurseries will be attending, showcasing a horticultural range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chilli plants. Additionally, more than 20 trade stands will be displaying a range of wares, from gardening tools to solar lighting, and raised garden beds to water fountains.

A floral exhibition at RHS Wisley Flower Show 2015

Visitors will also have a chance to see marquee displays from the National Dahlia Society and creations by the Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), with a special 10th anniversary theme.

The Glasshouse will feature an ‘RHS Garden Mars’ display, featuring a Martian-themed landscape with airplant planets and an astronaut while its gallery will house a photography exhibition by Susan Phelps.

Admission to the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show is free to RHS Members, normal garden admission applies to non-members. For further information visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley.

DUNSBOROUGH Park in Ripley opened its gates last week for the first day of its annual Festival of Tulips.

Nearly 700 people visited the garden on Wednesday, enjoying April sunshine under clear blue skies.

Dunsborough Park in bloom

Dunsborough Park is a country estate, a beautiful home set amongst 100 acres of landscaped gardens, currently open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme which allows visitors unique access to private gardens to raise money for charity.

Those visiting last week were able to enjoy delicious cakes and teas on sale in aid of the owner’s charity, ARCH (Art Research Creativity and Health), which funds musicians to play therapeutic music concerts in care homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Visitors were in awe of the breathtaking wild meadow of tulips with its random planting and clashing colours near the lovely tranquil Water Garden and folly bridge, as well as new tulips which had been planted within the Walled Garden giving a wonderful variety of blooms and startling splashes of colour,” said Kate Gill, who works at the estate.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to visit an amazing garden and enjoy these striking colourful displays.”

The next public openings are today, 25 April, then tomorrow and Saturday, all in the afternoon from 2pm-6pm. Entrance is £7, children under 14 free.

Teas will be on sale in aid of SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents); The Princess Alice Hospice and Naomi House Children’s Hospice respectively.

For the special picture feature get the 25 April edition of the News & Mail