The National Vegetable Society (NVS) Southern Branch held their 2018 AGM today. This was supposed to be hosted by the Sussex DA in Ashurst a couple of weeks ago, but had to be cancelled at the last minute due to snow. Therefore, it was re-arranged for today and the venue changed to RHS Wisley Gardens.
Following the meeting, we took the opportunity to wander round the gardens. I had been many times before (mostly when I was a child and the NVS Southern Branch used to host their Southern Branch Championships there, or when the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) used to host one or more of their shows there). However, it was a first time for Chris.
My favourite part about the garden is how many different types of scenery there is all in one place – from vegetables to fruit, alpine to river bed plants, shrubs, trees and water features. We visited the glasshouse with its tropical plants, the orchard, the rock garden, the riverside walk and the model vegetable garden.
It was lovely to see how many of the plants outside were just starting to grow now the weather has warmed up a bit. It just goes to show that it doesn’t take long!
Hyde Hall is the only other garden I’ve been to (as far as I can remember), but RHS Wisley was definitely worth a visit. Walking into the hot and humid glasshouse felt like we’d stepped off a plane in the Caribbean – very nice when it was drizzling outside!
There really was something for all ages, we even stumbled across a dinosaur – although I don’t think that was meant for a 28 year old…!