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Graham Rice on Trials

Updates on trials and awards from the Royal Horticultural Society by Graham Rice

Pinks Open Day and more...

Posted by Graham Rice on 16 Jun 2009 at 01:44 PM

Dianthus Tickled Pink ('Devon PP11') in the RHS Wisley pinks trial. Image: ©Sue Drew/RHS Trials OfficeThe forecast looks just right for the Pinks and Carnations Open Day at Wisley tomorrow. It can be uncomfortably scorching down on the trials field in the summer sun so tomorrow's forecast of cool conditions is ideal.

The day starts at 11.30am when you can visit the trials of pinks - that's both traditional garden pinks and the miniature and dwarf pinks like ‘Tickled Pink' (in the picture). Members of the grandly titled Border Carnations and Pinks Trials Assessment Panel (that's the judges) will be on hand to talk about the trials and how it all works. You can ask them about the plants and how to grow them - it's a great opportunity to pick the brains of the experts.

Then starting at 1.30pm there are three short talks by experts up at the Hillside Events Centre. Sue Hoy will be talking about Perfect Pinks, and demonstrating how to take cuttings; Mark Trenear will be discussing the fascinating history of pinks; while Ivor Mace will be outlining how to grow perpetual flowering carnations.

Not only that, but the British National Carnation Society show will be taking place so you'll be able to see a wide range of perfect blooms - always inspiring - and Allwoods will have plants for sale so you can take away some plants for your own garden. It all happens tomorrow at the Hillside Events Centre near where the old glasshouse used to be  - just follow the signs. And once you're in the garden - it's free.

Delphiniums at the RHS Wisley trial. Image: ©Ali Cundy/RHS Trials OfficeOf course there's plenty more to see on the trials field in June, this can often be the peak month of the summer. There's delphiniums, sweet peas, the annual climbers, the snap peas, the clematis, the begonias in containers and many more trials. Take the opportunity to make a note of the varieties that you find especially appealing.



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