Quite rightly, the RHS is doing its best to enthuse school leavers to consider a career in horticulture. As part of their campaign they have made a series of short films by young people who are involved in some aspect of the business. They explain what they do, why they love it. They are part of a new wave of young gardeners who are far more entrepreneurial and career minded than was the case in the past. Yet 80% of secondary schoolteachers remain unaware of career opportunities in horticulture – which means that the majority of students are similarly uninformed. With any luck these films will help change a lot minds.
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Our allotment had its annual outing to Wisley this week and it proved to be a very mixed bag. There were some superb plants including a magnificent Cornus ‘Venus’ with enormous white flowering bracts on Battlestone Hill, a vivid blue Moltkia petraea in the Alpine Garden, and a Dianthus erinaceus forming a huge green mound in the Alpine Glasshouse. Other highlights were a delicate gladiolus on the Rock Bank which might be Gladiolus scullyi and some wonderful scented leaved and species pelargonium in the Glasshouse that included G. papilionaceum with striking leaves the size of dinner plates. Less impressive were some dated and tired looking small town gardens that are in urgent need of a revamp and a bizarre new area of carpet bedding surrounding some rather cracked paving. I can only think that it is a temporary solution and that something more attractive will replace it in the autumn. So, a bit of a curate’s egg, but it has been a difficult gardening year and the lack of colour is something that we are all experiencing.
The Highlights at Wisley
The Lowlights at Wisley
Gardens inspired by Shakespeare’s Comedies were sponsored by the RHS. The ‘As You Like It’ garden had very appealing willow sheep, a hawthorn tree hung with fragments of poetry and a rather inviting oak stump shelter. I loved the planting in the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ garden – the inclusion of Salvia Hotlips with its red and white flowers may have bothered the judges (definitely not Elizabethan) but I thought it worked well among the other more traditional flowers.
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This Christmas see the RHS garden at Wisley in a magical new light. Spectacular light installations have transformed late winter afternoons with a burst of colour that illuminates the grandeur of some of the iconic trees and structures. As the daylight begins to fade, the Lumière is brought to life.
Follow the garden trail to discover 18 artistic installations. See the eight-bauble tree, with glowing orbs delicately suspended among the branches.
Marvel at the Glasshouse transformed into a treasure-trove of shapes and shadows playing on exotic palms. Take in the floating rings of light on the Canal, and dance around the historic oak tree to trigger the swirling change of colour. More details on www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley