Imagine sunshine, a perfect blue sky and lush green lawns covered with tents housing some of the best speciaist nurseries in the country and all within a top class garden.
This is the Wisley Flower Show, a regular feature of late summer at Wisley gardens in Surrey.
It’s a chance to chat to knowledgable plant growers, who’ll offer plenty of advice, and to see a wide range of plants that aren’t usually stocked in most garden centres.
I love the shapes of Sempervivum (above), they’re tough little plants, and grow happily as long as they’re planted in a well-drained gritty compost.
The Echivera at the back however, are tender and need the protection of a greenhouse over winter
The joy of a show like this for me is a chance to get out of the office and generate some inspiration.
It’s also an opportunity to look out for new plant varieties for my clients gardens. Plant growers are constantly improving their stock, new varieties may be more disease resistant than older types or have a new shape or colour.
There’s nothing like seeing plants for real rather than in a catalogue.
and here’s Colin Crosbie, the curator of Wisley Gardens:
The show is on until the 9th September, I hope you enjoy it if you manage to get there.
More information here.