Chef set to swap kitchen whites for gar­den de­lights

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The school al­lows stu­dents to share the ex­per­tise of the team be­hind the two-acre kitchen gar­den, which sup­plies his two Miche­lin star res­tau­rant and The Ray­mond Blanc Cook­ery School at Bel­mond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Matthew Pot­tage, cu­ra­tor of RHS Gar­den Wis­ley, said: “I am de­lighted Ray­mond Blanc has agreed to open our flower show for us in its 25 year.

“He is a pas­sion­ate am­bas­sador for how kitchen gar­dens con­trib­ute to the very high­est stan­dards of gas­tro­nomic achieve­ment.”

Visitors will be able to pur­chase top qual­ity plants while also get­ting ex­pert ad­vice from more than 50 spe­cial­ist nurs­eries. These in­clude many RHS Chelsea and Hamp­ton Court Palace Flower Show medal win­ners.

There will also be ed­i­ble plants on of­fer, such as herbs from Pep­per­pot Nurs­ery and The Culi­nary Herb Com­pany.

Along­side un­usual ed­i­ble plants from Edulis Nurs­ery and Pen­nard Plants, chilli plants from Sea Spring Seeds and plants to make your own cock­tails by Plants4Pre­sents.

The show will also of­fer the chance to see a ‘Bego-lumbo’ dis­play where visitors can view a com­bi­na­tion of the gar­den’s large col­lec­tion of be­go­nias, dis­played along­side aquatic Nelumbo flow­ers (sa­cred lo­tus).

The Na­tional Dahlia So­ci­ety An­nual Show will take place at the an­niver­sary event, show­cas­ing the best in dahlia cul­ti­va­tion and colour.

The show will fea­ture more than 100 com­pe­ti­tion classes, in­clud­ing a spe­cial 25th Wis­ley Flower Show an­niver­sary class.

Visitors are en­cour­aged to get in­volved and en­ter their own blooms into the ‘My Best Gar­den Dahlia’ com­pe­ti­tion on September 9 and 10.

En­trants just need to bring along a sin­gle stem of any type of dahlia that they have grown, to be judged by a panel of ex­perts.

Bonne Ma­man, known for its con­serves, mar­malades, com­potes and chilled desserts are sup­port­ing the show this year for the first time.

Tick­ets are £14 adult, £36 for a fam­ily of four and £7 chil­dren aged five to 16, four or un­der can go free.

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Chef Ray­mond Blanc will be head­ing to RHS Wis­ley to open next month’s RHS Wis­ley Flower Show

Pic­ture: Gra­hame Larter WK155291_52

Once again the event will in­clude the Na­tional Dahlia So­ci­ety An­nual Show

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