RHS Ambassador Mary Berry took a large slice from a giant Victoria sponge cake made of flowers to celebrate the opening of RHS Wisley Flower Show this morning, Tuesday 8 September.
The 80cm-wide x 60cm-high cake, intricately made from late-summer flowers including around 1000 carnations, a ‘cream topping’ of white hydrangeas and a ‘jam filling’ of Naomi Roses, was made by Simon Lycett, floral decorator to royalty and celebrities.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Wisley Flower Show is a six-day flower festival (8–13 September 2015) held at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey, offering a spectacular selection of beautiful blooms to buy, enjoy and admire. Visitors are able to witness a profusion of plants and flowers, seek the best gardening advice and explore the garden in its late-summer glory.
Matthew Pottage, Acting Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, says: “Mary Berry has set the scene for a wonderful show – 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.”
Mary also paid a visit to the Wisley gift shop where her new homeware range is now available, including textiles, ceramic bowls, jugs, cake stand, boards, mugs, gifts and more.
The giant floral cake will be on display for the rest of the week in front of The Glasshouse at Wisley. There are plenty of other options for edible cake and other refreshments throughout the show including the Taste of Wisley Restaurant, which serves fresh garden produce picked at its peak.
Image by Luke MacGregor/RHS