Visit RHS Garden Wisley to celebrate a Bramley apple birthday at the garden’s annual harvest festival, A Taste of Autumn (16 – 19 October)
Special Bramley apple displays will mark 200 years since the planting of the pip that grew into the first Bramley apple tree. The Fruit team at Wisley will also be on hand to offer advice on how to grow your own eating and cooking apples, talks on Bramley apple pruning, plus the popular apple naming. The Wisley caterers will also be providing visitors with mouth-watering Bramley apple dishes to buy in the Cafes and Conservatory Dining Room.
Bee-keeping will also be a new feature to the show, in response to the continual decline of the honey bee population. A bee-friendly garden display by Wisley gardeners will show visitors the small steps they could take to help with supporting bees over winter together with information from Blackhorse Apiaries on all aspects of bee-keeping.
Other highlights include a new village-style layout for 2009 with stalls selling a wide range of tempting foods including cake, jam, chocolate, liquorice, pies, olives, honey, cheese and much more. Wisley’s own apples will be available to taste and buy during the event, plus further culinary delights will be on show in the new Cookery Theatre, hosted by ‘The Big Chef’ Peter Osborne.
Those keen to learn how to grow their own vegetables, can also visit a special display provided by the Wisley Trials Team. Central to the display will be over 1500 pumpkins which have been grown especially for the event.
The event also features live music, free children’s bee-themed craft activities and garden trails showcasing the best autumn colour around the garden. It is also the last in a series of events held at RHS Garden Wisley as part of the ‘RHS Grow Your Own’ campaign.
RHS Garden Wisley
For more information on RHS Wisley, look at our entry in ‘Parks and Open Spaces’