Today, TV celebrity cook and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ambassador Mary Berry opened the RHS Wisley Flower Show 2015 in true Great British Bake Off style, by slicing a giant Victoria sponge cake made of flowers.
The 80cm-wide x 60cm-high cake was intricately made from late-summer flowers, including around 1000 carnations, a ‘cream topping’ of white hydrangeas and a ‘jam filling’ of Naomi Roses. Created by Simon Lycett, floral decorator to royalty and celebrities, the giant floral cake will be on display for the rest of the week in front of The Glasshouse at Wisley. The flower show runs from today until Sunday 13th September.
“Mary Berry has set the scene for a wonderful show,” says Matthew Pottage, acting curator at RHS Garden Wisley. “It is looking fantastic this year, with all the nurseries and floral displays adding an extra riot of colour and scent to the garden at its late-summer peak. There has been a steady flow of visitors all morning and we hope to welcome many more in the week ahead.”
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Mary Berry’s floral cake isn’t the only culinary twist in store for visitors to the Wisley flower show this year, however. Specialist plant nursery Edulis are displaying Moshoeshoe, a new variety of Tulbaghia known as society garlic, because it doesn’t make your breath smell. While Pennard Plants have the Yacon, a Peruvian ground apple that’s rarely sold in the UK and apparently tastes like a sweet combination of apple, celery and watermelon.
Of course, you can always enjoy the more traditional delights of an English afternoon tea instead. Don’t know about you, but right about now I could do some serious damage to one of their plain scones with Cornish clotted cream and Wisley fruit preserves.
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Author and chef Mary Berry cuts a slice from a giant floral cake, designed by florist to the stars Simon Lycett, as she opens the RHS Wisley Flower Show at RHS Garden Wisley near Woking, Surrey on Tuesday September 8th, 2015. Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)/Luke MacGregor