Horticulture

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.

THE well-manicured flower beds and vegetable plots run by Derry’s Field Allotment was once again open to the public last Saturday for the association’s open day.

Tony Harding, chairman of Derry’s Field Allotment Association

The annual event is as an opportunity for people to see what can be grown on the 117 plots at the Coniston Road site in Old Woking which currently has 160 members, and to raise money for charity.

Chairman Tony Harding said: “The weather was on our side and we raised around £700 by the end of the day. We’ve been doing the open day for about 20 years now and it’s as much about the community as putting the allotment on show.”

For the full story and picture spread, see the 29 August edition of the News & Mail