Dame Judi Dench will open this year’s annual flower show at The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley, in Surrey on Tuesday 4 September. The six-day flower festival (4-9 September) offers visitors the chance to enjoy a profusion of plants and flowers. It also helps those in seek of the best gardening advice and to explore the garden in its late summer glory.
Dame Judi’s love of trees, flowers and gardening is well known, and she has visited the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court on many occasions. She also has a rose named after her – an English Shrub Rose in shades of apricot-orange, by David Austin Roses.
The show, supported by Witan Investment Trust, is set within the idyllic surroundings of the garden. It will host more than 50 specialist nurseries showcasing their top quality plants. New exhibitors will display air plants, unusual shrubs and an urban rock garden.
Dame Judi says: “I am so thrilled to receive an invitation to Wisley this year. It is somewhere I have always wanted to go and never managed to actually get there until now, hooray!”
Matthew Pottage, curator, RHS Garden Wisley, said: “We are so excited that Dame Judi will be opening the show. She will be seeing the garden at its peak of late summer bloom. Our Equinox and Mixed Borders in particular will be vibrant with colour. The hot weather also means our new Exotic Garden is lush with jungle-like foliage.”
The British Flower Bus
A first for this year’s show is The British Flower Bus. Attending as part of its nationwide tour, the Bus is the focal point of a campaign led by renowned floral designer Jonathan Moseley. It’s purpose is to champion the resurgence of British-grown cut flowers. Show visitors can board the bus to watch Jonathan’s floral design demonstrations. Another must-see is the National Dahlia Society Annual Show (4-7 September). This provides visitors with the chance to view the best in dahlia cultivation and colour.
Visitors can see Dame Judi opening the show by reserving a place at www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/RHS-Garden-Wisley-Flower-Show
Admission to the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show is free to RHS Members. Normal garden admission applies to non-members. For further information, including how to book show tickets and travel advice, visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley.