Raymond Blanc to attend The Edible Garden Show

Raymond Blanc, one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, will be attending The Edible Garden Show on Friday, March 28 with Garden Organic to tell visitors all about the Heritage Garden being developed at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.

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The design and ongoing development of the Heritage Garden have been the subject of the high-profile Raymond Blanc National Heritage Garden Competition, in association with Garden Organic, the Society of Garden Designers and Hartley Botanic. The competition was conceived to raise awareness of the on-going work by Garden Organic in promoting organic gardening methods, and the huge importance of preserving knowledge and use of heritage plants through its Heritage Seed Library.

The competition has two phases. The first phase invited registered members of the Society of Garden Designers to enter a master plan and planting plan for the new Heritage Garden. The second phase invited entrants for a scholarship to work alongside the winning design and Belmond Le Manoir garden team, gaining the opportunity to observe and participate in the whole process of designing, building and planning the prestigious new Heritage Garden at Belmond Le Manoir.

For Garden Organic, this project raises vital awareness of the work of their Heritage Seed Library. Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library works tirelessly to collect and conserve an ever increasing variety of historic and heirloom vegetables, which is directly contributing to a reverse in the decline of genetic diversity. Unlike most collections, the Heritage Seed Library makes its seed available to gardeners - creating a living library.

Garden Organic's stand, number 271, at The Edible Garden Show will feature the winning garden design by Anne Keenan, MSGD. The winning scholar, David Love Cameron, will  be on the stand throughout the show to talk about this exciting project. He will be joined by the team from Garden Organic who will be there to talk about the Heritage Seed Library and their on-going work to protect our heritage seed varieties.

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The three-day Edible Garden Show is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to enjoy the ‘Good Life’. Brimming with top gardening talent including award-winning TV presenter James Wong, the BBC’s One Show expert Christine Walkden and popular TV and radio broadcaster Pippa Greenwood, the event at Alexandra Palace runs from March 28–30.Chefs delighting visitors with their culinary expertise in the Maldon sea salt Cookery Theatre include Rachel Green and on Saturday, Phil Vickery from ITV’s This Morning.

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall are scheduled to visit the show on Friday, March 28.

The Edible Garden Show 2014 will promote numerous alternate ways to harvest your own crop of home-grown, fresh and healthy produce. Tickets cost £16 on the door (£12 in advance) with concessions for children and seniors. For more information or to buy tickets visit: www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk  or ring the ticket hotline on 0844 338 8001