Today I went to the Wisley Spring Plant Fair, near Woking in Surrey, (just off the M25 for us Londoners). It was a great day out and I spent far too much money on lovely plants for the Garden.
The Plant Fair was full of stalls from nurseries all across the country, and it was great to talk to the stall owners who really knew their stuff about what to grow in our local clay soil and where to plant things (shade or sun). Outside the two main tents was a variety of planted tubs which showed off displays that you could create with the vast array of plants for sale.
I never need much of an excuse to go to Wisley anyway because the stunning gardens are a treat for the senses all year round, however Wisley never fails to surprise me with their customer care. This was demonstrated when I had lunch in their food hall which was packed because of so many customers for the plant fair, we were fortunate enough to get a table inside out of the cold weather but for those who had to sit outside blankets were provided so they could remain cosy in this early spring climate.
The other excellent idea Wisley had this year was a Plant Creche where we could hand over the plants we’d purchased for safe keeping while we had a walk around the garden, a cup of tea or another sneaky run round the plant fair.
So after purchasing 1 peony, 3 Helibores, 3 Ferns and 6 foxgloves we felt the day had a been a success and a delight, well worth returning to.
The plant fair runs till the 22nd March, here’s the website to book tickets.
I will update you on my plants later in the year.