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Feast on the Flavours of Autumn
by RHS
October 7, 2012

Celebrate the harvest season with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) this October (17 - 21), as the annual Grow Your Own Autumn festival returns to transform the charity's gardens into a wonderland of seasonal flavours. Across the gardens the festivities, supported by Mr Fothergill's, will include pumpkin carving, apple tasting, mouth-watering cooking demonstrations and colourful displays of local produce. Combine the visit with a walk around the gardens to see the beautiful autumn colours and ask the on-hand RHS experts any burning grow-your-own queries. Colin Crosbie, RHS Garden Wisley Curator, says, "Autumn is an exciting and important time in the growing calendar, when all the hard work of gardeners comes to fruition. We are celebrating this at all our gardens with the Grow Your Own Autumn Festival. Visitors can come along and enjoy delicious locally grown produce and take some tips for growing their own food at home." What's on guide: RHS Garden Wisley (17-21 October)

• Taste some of the 20 different varieties of apples on display from the garden's orchard.

• Watch cookery demonstrations with Chef Peter Osborne.

• Browse the food and drink stalls selling everything from chocolates and breads to sausages and sauces.

• TV gardener James Wong will be talking about and signing his new book James Wong's Homegrown Revolution on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October at 1pm.

• Gardeners' Question Time panelist Pippa Greenwood will talk about vegetable growing on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October at 1pm.

• Garden designer Cleve West will be sharing his allotment gardening experiences at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday 20 October.

• There will be grow-your-own advice, fruit identification and family fun at the weekend.

• Mr Fothergill's will be offering a free gift bag to children taking part in the cookery demo at the weekend

RHS Garden Harlow Carr (20-21 October)

• Watch professional chef Lionel Strub perform cookery demonstrations in the outdoor wood-burning oven and fire pit, using freshly picked seasonal items from the garden.

• Get gardening advice and information from RHS experts and other local producers.

• Discover the range of interesting displays from local crafters, wood turners and willow weavers.

• The Northern Fruit Group and The Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group will show their annual displays and will be on hand to identify any unusual specimens.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall (20-21 October)

• Feast on the colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and local produce such as fudge, jams, pies and chutney.

• See traditional country crafts including woodcarving.

• Children can enjoy a mini farm and take part in longest apple-peeling challenge, apple-tasting and craft activities.

• The Lily Group will be holding a bulb auction.

RHS Garden Rosemoor (20-21 October)

• Get ready for Halloween by carving pumpkin lanterns, have a go at the pumpkin shy and follow the Pumpkin Trail around the garden.

• Learn how to cook delicious autumn pumpkin dishes.

• Watch woodcraft demonstrations, including basket making, spoon whittling, wood turning and carving. Normal garden admission applies For more information on Mr Fothergill's visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB www.rhs.org.uk/wisley RHS members (+ 1 family guest): free Adult: £8.25 (including Gift Aid)/£7.50 (excluding Gift Aid) Child 5-16: £4.15 (including Gift Aid)/£3.75 (excluding Gift Aid) Child 4 and under: free Family 2+2 (2 adults + 2 children): £22.30 (including Gift Aid)/£20.25 (excluding Gift Aid)

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall RHS members(+1 family guest): free Adult: £7.70 (including Gift Aid/£7 without Gift Aid) Child 5-16: £3.85 (including Gift Aid/£3.50 without Gift Aid) Child 4 and under: free Family 2+2 (2 adults + 2 children): £20.80 (including Gift Aid)/£18.90 (excluding Gift Aid)

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr RHS members (+ 1 family guest): free Adult: £8.25 (including Gift Aid)/£7.50 (excluding Gift Aid) Child 5-16: £4.15 (including Gift Aid)/£3.75 (excluding Gift Aid) Child 4 and under: free Family 2+2 (2 adults + 2 children): £22.30 (including Gift Aid)/£20.25 (excluding Gift Aid)

RHS Garden Rosemoor Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor RHS members (+ 1 family guest): free Adult: £8.25 (including Gift Aid)/£7.50 (excluding Gift Aid) Child (5-16 years): £4.15 (including Gift Aid)/£3.75 (excluding Gift Aid) Child 4 and under: free Family 2+2 (2 adults + 2 children): £22.30 (including Gift Aid)/£20.25 (excluding Gift Aid);

About Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill's is one of the best known names in gardening, with a reputation for quality products backed by the service of a family-owned and run business. Its seeds are available from garden centres and other retailers nationwide, while seeds, plants and a host of gardening products are offered by mail order from either catalogues or its website www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk.

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262.

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