Seeds on show

It has been a fruitful summer, so come and join us at RHS Garden Wisley for a seedy weekend...

Harvesting seed in the borders at RHS Garden WisleyWe’ve been making the most of the mild autumn days by getting out and about around the gardens at Wisley and Hyde Hall to harvest as much seed as we can before everything is battered by the wind and rain.

It was an exceptional summer for seed collecting, so our drying room is now burgeoning under the weight of seed. The only downside is that it all now has to be cleaned, before being stored away in our cold room.

It’s all systems go as we prepare for our Seeds on Show event on 11 and 12 October.  We really hope that you’ll be able to come along to the Glasshouse Gallery, between 10am and 4pm and get advice on how you can harvest, clean and store seed from your own garden, with tips on what seeds to sow in the autumn. We’ll be there selling seed, together with Plant Heritage, The Alpine Garden Society and the Cyclamen Society.

Seeds are carefully packaged before being stored or sent outFor the last couple of weeks we’ve been packing a range of seed for the event which has been collected from one of the four RHS Gardens, some of which is rare and unusual.

We’ll be giving demonstrations of cleaning techniques and there will also be an opportunity to go behind the scenes for a tour of Wisley’s Seed Department for an insight into how we collect, dry, clean and store seeds to sell to members.

There will also be an opportunity to harvest your own seeds from RHS Garden Wisley’s Hilltop meadow. Members of staff will be on hand to show you which seeds to collect and help you to give them a quick clean and pack them into an envelope ready to sow next spring. 

Seeds: collecting and storing

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