RHS gardens to host taste festivals

The RHS is to celebrate the harvest with Taste of Autumn, a festival aimed at foodies, families and grow-your-own enthusiasts across all four RHS gardens.

The festival will take place over the weekend of 12-13 October at RHS Gardens Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; and 16-20 October at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

The gardens will host stalls selling local artisan produce from cheese and jam to heritage apples and wild mushrooms, as well as fruit and vegetables grown on site. Tastings, cookery demos, talks and book signings will also take place.

There will also be games and activities for children, and RHS gardening experts and the advisory team will be on hand with tips and information.

At RHS Garden Wisley there will be cookery demonstrations from chef Rosemary Moon, live music, family activities, expert talks and book signings from the likes of Pippa Greenwood, James Martin and Jekka McVicar. Jim Arbury will also be on hand to identify mystery apples brought in by visitors.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Rosemoor will celebrate UK Fungus Day (13 October).

At RHS Garden Hyde Hall, the Cottage Garden Society will be giving talks on ‘Plants 4 Free', and RHS experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

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