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RHS Wisley Plant Fair September 2016

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We attended this event last year and were so pleased with it that we did the same on Tuesday. It is described as a six-day floral extravaganza and certainly did not disappoint!

No hold ups on the M25 this time, thank goodness, and we arrived just before 10am to find lots of space to walk around without too many folk there.

The canal always looks impressive and the grass nearby was being cut by a robot mower!

Many Apples for sale, all grown at Wisley

The Hayloft Plants stand caught my eye as I know some GoY folk, myself included, have ordered plants from them. I had a chat with the lady manning the stall, forgot to ask her name, and mentioned GoY. She was thrilled to think we are happy with their plants!

Some of the displays were beautiful, here’s a selection.

I looked for the Plantagogo stand, couldn’t find it and it was not mentioned in the guide. Turns out it was there as GoY member Cinderella was also at the Plant Fair (shame we didn’t know each other would be there, we could have met for a coffee!) and she had a chat with Vicky’s husband.

Here are some more photos of the plants on offer.

The Surrey area of NAFAS had an exhibition of floral art. Not Quite Strictly interprets the nation’s favourite TV programme in inspired and unusual floral designs. More than 100 floral designers ‘took to the floor’ to create imaginative exhibits.

This was in the Line Dancing category and made us smile!

and this won First Prize in the Bollywood category, also won Best in Show, simply stunning.

By now the place was becoming busy, the weather was quite humid too so we decided to make our way back to the canal to sit and eat our packed lunch.

On the way there I bought a Fern and a Pelargonium, also a gift for our daughter of a solar spoon spinner for her garden.

So, we are back at the canal, admiring the fountain and water lilies, eating our lunch before heading off to look around the lovely gardens of RHS Wisley.

I do have a fair few photos of our walk around the gardens, complete with some gorgeous sculptures on the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail. If anyone would like to see them I will post a further blog.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the Wisley Plant Fair.

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Lovely photos Shirley, and glad you had a good time. Thank you for sharing your day out :)

8 Sep, 2016

 

Oh thanks Sheila, can I tempt you with photos of the Bonsai Walk at Wisley? I really think if I lived nearer I would be a regular visitor, but it's a fifty mile drive each way for us :o(

8 Sep, 2016

 

I enjoyed your blog Shirley, thank you. Now I'm looking forward to seeing your Wisley Garden photos.

8 Sep, 2016

 

I went yesterday - it was very busy and very hot!

8 Sep, 2016

 

There seems to be a lot more in the show than when we visited a few years ago Shirley.....we were very disappointed. Also, the borders seemed very scruffy and unkempt so we've never been back but perhaps we should now. The glasshouse was impressive, though, as I remember. But, my favourite part of the day was the talk by Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens. Were there any guest speakers this time?
Ps...I like the floral witches/wizard's hat......I didn't notice it first time of looking!

9 Sep, 2016

bjs
Bjs
 

Great Photos some years since i visited even further for me to go for a day you can add another 50 plus each way to your journey.

9 Sep, 2016

 

That looks really wonderful. I enjoyed this very much! Wish we had something like this in Scotland. :) its not like we're short of space...or great gardens! That wind spinner is the one I bought recently Shirley...I love it. It really adds something to my garden. :)

9 Sep, 2016

 

Lovely place to visit. I used to visit every year for many years, but not now. My favourite time was in late August, where I could admire the display of hundreds of dahlias in the trial grounds and all the vegetables grown to perfection in a small allotment.

9 Sep, 2016

 

Alas its 200 miles from here -been once but for the rest, dream on... I love your fern Shirley. Wonder if that robot mower would plough into flowerbeds if there was no barrier between them and the lawn? We once got a robot vacuum cleaner from a jumble sale -it did work but not brilliantly.

9 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Shirley - yes, you can certainly tempt me with photos of Wisley's bonsai walk! I have seen it once, but rarely visit these days (drive takes about 80 minutes, depending on traffic on the M25, lol).

9 Sep, 2016

 

Da, pleased you enjoyed the show too.

Andrew, did you buy anything out of the ordinary at the plant fair?

Paul, not so much guest speakers as talks and demonstrations by gardening experts, specialist growers and flower arrangers. We both thought the Roses at Wisley were looking in need of some TLC, lots could have done with dead-heading.

Brian, much too long a drive for you!

Karen, I knew I'd seen that wind spinner somewhere before, ha ha!

Costas, I expect you had some great visits in the past. The National Dahlia Society Show was in a marquee this year.

Stera, I dread to think what path that robotic mower could take!

Sheila, I have sorted my photos out, just need to put them in a blog, watch this space .....

9 Sep, 2016

 

Shirley - I pre-ordered two plants of digitalis 'Goldcrest' from Hardy's Plants. I already had one in the garden and wanted to bulk it up. It's a sterile hybrid and carries pale orange flowers for a long time.
I'm also trying meconopsis punicea 'Sichuan Silk.' This small red meconopsis is monocarpic (that is, it dies after flowering) but this variety is allegedly perennial. I found one for sale that had three crowns instead of just one - how could I resist?

9 Sep, 2016

 

I enjoyed reading and seeing your lovely photo's Shirley and yes I'd be delighted to see more of your day at Wisley, thankyou for sharing, pleased you enjoyed your visit....

9 Sep, 2016

 

Andrew, that Digitalis is a lovely peachy-yellow colour. The Meconopsis looks smashing.

Sue, thanks for looking in, part two just published!

10 Sep, 2016

 

Shirley missed your blogs till now, had some busy days. You seem to have seen a few different things to me, but lovely pictures. I didn't take many this time, just enjoyed it. Amazed we didn't see you, but it did get a bit busy didn't it.

10 Sep, 2016

 

Hi Cinders, I'm not surprised our paths didn't cross as you could have been one end of the Plant Fair, while we were at the other! I'm so glad we arrived early as it was quite busy when we left, with still more folk coming in! We have rain today, good for the garden, not so good for the stall holders though.

10 Sep, 2016

 

No it's a shame it's wet today isn't it. I have had a lazy day today after a hectic week, just nice to relax.

10 Sep, 2016

 

Good for you, always good to have a restful day. I emptied almost everything out of the Greenhouse, 2 Growbags as the Tomatoes are finished now, brushed cobwebs away, re-arranged it all and feel very smug now, ha ha!

10 Sep, 2016

 

A lovely selection of photographs, I loved the Beth Chatto planting in particular...thanks for another interesting blog...

11 Sep, 2016

 

A lovely blog Shirley and what a lot of interesting displays. I liked the coloured sheep lol :)
I would enjoy to seeing some photos of Wisley.

11 Sep, 2016

 

You obviously enjoyed yourself there! Must have been just wonderful to see all those wonderful displays!

I'll be going over to read your 2nd part blog in a moment. Thanks for sharing your visit with us!:-))

12 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Dotty, Hywel and Balcony ...:o)

13 Sep, 2016

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