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RHS Wisley 20-21st June

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Contribution from Jon Evans 30 June 2015, 13:39top / bottom of page

Last weekend the Surrey Groups were invited to represent the AGS at the All About Plants fair at Wisley, a gathering of stands from specialist societies in a large marquee just beyond the restaurant at the bottom of the garden.

We turned up on Friday morning to set up the display.  As usual organisation was minimal and last minute, but as it turned out we had more plants than we needed (I had brought a car full of rhodohypoxis in response to a suggestion that noone had any plants for the display, but in the event there were quite a variety of other plants as well, brought by other members).  Here are some shots of the display we staged.

Fritillaria Group

Next to the AGS Stand was a stand for the Fritillaria Group.  Because they had no plants for display in mid-June, they were happy for some of their bench space to be used for AGS leaflets.

Fritillaria Group
Cyclamen Society

On the far side of the Fritillaria Group was the Cyclamen Society stand.

Cyclamen Society
Anemone polyanthes

On the way out after staging the exhibit, I was seduced by the Wisley Plant Centre.  One interesting plant they had there was this anemone.

Anemone polyanthes
Alice in Wonderland

On the Saturday morning, I arrived with some time to spare before I was due to help on the stand, so I had a chance to walk around part of the Wisley gardens.  I walked through the long borders and the rose garden up as far as the alpine house before turning back to go back to the tent.  Maybe I shouldn't post these photos - they aren't very alpine after all, but there hasn't been much posted for several weeks, and I think most members are interested in many different types of plant, and not just alpines.

The formal borders near the entrance had been planted in a very modernist style, in support of an Alice in Wonderland event, which saw statues of characters from the story appearing in strategic places all over the gardens.

Alice in Wonderland
Delphinium Guardian White

Moving into the long herbaceous borders

Delphinium Guardian White
Alstroemeria Friendship
Alstroemeria Friendship
Alstroemeria Tessa
Alstroemeria Tessa

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