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Upcoming shows and events

Wisley Flower Show

02 September 2014 - 07 September 2014
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This six day floral extravaganza features more than 60 nurseries and trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, floral displays by Surrey NAFAS, expert advice and much more. Plus, the chance to enjoy stunning late summer colour throughout the garden.

Bristol Bee and Pollination Festival

06 September 2014 - 07 September 2014
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Enjoy The Buzz At Bristol Botanic Garden

Bee And Pollination Festival

Saturday 6 And Sunday 7 September 10am-5pm

Learn how you can help the bees. Main exhibitors include the Avon Beekeepers Association, and their highly popular Honey Festival, the University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences, Butcombe Brewery, Mad Apple Cider, Riverford Organic Farms, Writhlington School Orchid Project, Bristol City Council Allotments Team, Avon Organic Group, nurseries selling insect-friendly plants, and wildlife charities including Bees for Development. Demonstrations and talks will range from beekeeping techniques and the workings of a live hive, to research projects about urban pollinators, how to build insect hotels and weave enchanting willow sculptures.

Entrance £3.50, including tours. Free to Friends, children, University staff and students. Refreshments.


Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

12 September 2014 - 14 September 2014
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The Harrogate autumn show has been ranked one of Britain’s top three gardening event by readers of Which?Gardening and promises the perfect day out for all garden lovers. Highlights include a giant vegetable competition, Kitchen Garden live and a Plot to Pot cookery theatre.

Look out for Leeds and District Gardeners who will still be basking in the glow of their Silver medal from Chelsea Flower Show.

Gardens and War

24 September 2014 8:07am - 8:07am
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In an encounter with Siegfried Sassoon in parliament in 1918, Winston Churchill claimed ‘War is the normal occupation of man’. When challenged, he added: ‘War – and gardening.’

This Garden Museum exhibition looks at the relationship between  two seemingly incompatible occupations – war and gardening. It also looks at how planting and garden-making introduced beauty and normality in the most extreme places – at the Front and in the trenches of both armies, and in internment and Prisoner of War camps. The exhibition will also look at the importance of flowers as symbols of home and remembrance.

It is no surprise that the army organised the growing of vegetables at the Front – the exhibition features a medal awarded for the best grown on the Western Front. What is less well known is that soldiers also grew flowers, and the exhibition features rare photographs of flower gardens established at the Front. Wild flowers were also collected and treasured – on display will be an extraordinary collection of pressed flowers collected by ‘an incurable romantic soldier’ and sent home from the Balkans.

A collaboration with the RHS will tell the story of the British interned at Ruhleben in Germany, where three quarters of the interned soldiers joined the horticultural society.

Flowers were as important as a symbol of remembrance at home as they were on the Front. Floral shrines were created in thousands of households in the absence of the bodies of their loved ones. In  1918, 100,000 people laid flowers at the memorial shrine in Hyde Park. Intended as a temporary structure, the memorial was kept in place for well over a year and led to the establishment of the Cenotaph.

Malvern Autumn Show

27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
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The Malvern Autumn Show is a true celebration of food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. After a long year there’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the wonderful season. A show for food and gardening lovers, the event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more. Families and Friends can enjoy a day out to remember.

Colin and Rosemary Smith with their team of dedicated volunteers will be attending and sharing their enthusiasm for allotment growing with visitors to their impressive stand.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show

07 October 2014 - 08 October 2014
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See, taste and buy mouth-watering produce at the RHS London Harvest Festival Show, a foodie feast celebrating the taste of autumn. Some of the best growers in the UK will exhibit their bounty in the RHS Fruit & Vegetable Competition. The show is the perfect place to get ideas and inspiration on late summer gardening and growing fruit and vegetables.

Grand Designs Live

09 October 2014 - 12 October 2014
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The Urban Allotment Garden will be situated at the heart of Grand Gardens and will provide visitors with the chance to find out about growing fruit and vegetables at home, rearing chickens and even how to do a spot of beekeeping. With experts on hand to help you find out more, you can start planning your dream outdoor space ahead of spring. Click here for more information about the show.

Wisley Taste of Autumn

15 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
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Our Southern region volunteers will have an allotment information stand at this show; where you can celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season on a big autumn day out, with delicious produce, food stalls, and tastings of Wisley-grown apples, together with talks and gardening advice.

An Evening with Jim Buttress

01 November 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Coolings Garden Centre, View map »

Hospice in the Weald are delighted to present ‘ An Evening with Jim Buttress’
On Saturday 1st November
At Coolings Garden Centre, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt, Nr Sevenoaks, TN14 7NN
From 7pm till 9pm with a 15 minute break
Glass of wine on arrival and tea & coffee and biscuits in the break

Tickets £30.00 per person with money raised going to Hospice in the Weald

Hospice in the Weald provides compassionate, individualised, holistic and supportive care for all patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers.  As we are a local charity and not part of the NHS, we depend on the support of our community to help us fund our vital services and raise the £6 million needed every year to ensure our services can continue.

To book tickets please go to  or call Anna Hodsoll on 01892 820527