What a busy time of year. I barely know where to start. October is such a busy time at Wisley and I wouldn’t miss being here for anything.
This Friday on BBC2 at 8.00pm we can all sit down in front of the telly, put our feet up and see a new series about life behind the scenes at the RHS. This is episode 1 of 8, and the series was filmed at Wisley and elsewhere over the last year. Amongst others, this week's episode features one of our 2nd year trainees, Laura Crowe – a music graduate with a life long passion for horticulture – learning the highly important skill of tree-climbing using ropes and pulleys. The trainees spend 3 months in each garden department as they learn about practical horticulture over a 2 year course, and Laura is currently working in the Alpine Display House, part of the Woody Ornamental and Alpine Plants Department.
Elsewhere at Wisley this week, the Top Terrace has been planted up by the Floral Department, headed by David Jewell. This winter’s design features silver birch trees (Betula utilis) and dogwood (Cornus cardinal), surrounded by a carpet of golden and yellow primulas, with tulips to follow.
Finally, we're all looking forward to this weekend's Taste of Autumn show. The big marquee on the front of Seven Acres is going to be full of apples, pumpkins, and other fruit, veg and flowers grown at Wisley. Teams from various garden departments have been busy growing, harvesting and preparing displays. The Seed department, headed by Janet Corrigan, is also presenting a display. (It is a privilege of membership that entitles you to seed from our gardens, for a small admin fee). Our knowledgeable gardeners are sharing their insight with you on everything from apple identification to guided walks. Our own displays and activities are complemented by local exhibitors' stands including ale, honey, and jam.