James Wong supports National Potato Day - sunny & 7°C tomorrow!Posted Wednesday 19th December 2012
Ethnobotanist James Wong comes to Ryton Gardens
Sunday January 27
Visitors will have a chance to see celebrity gardener James Wong at Garden Organic’s National Potato Day on Sunday January 27.
Garden Organic’s 20th National Potato Day - now held in conjunction with Webbs Garden Centre - will take place at Ryton Gardens, near Coventry*. This charity held the first ever National Potato Day in 1994 to give growers access to a much wider variety of tubers and promote the diversity of British potatoes.
Garden Organic Ambassador James Wong will spice things up with a fascinating talk about the many exotic edible tubers that can be grown in British gardens. And he will sign copies of his latest book “James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution”, which inspires growers to try a vast array of unusual crops from around the world.
James Wong said: "It is vital that we all try to be more adventurous with the food that we grow and eat - to make our meals more interesting and help to protect the diversity of our crops for the future too. Garden Organic has done so much to promote the diversity of British potatoes - and many other vegetables through its Heritage Seed Library."
The event will also feature talks, tastings, tips from experts, a Heritage Seed Library seed swap, garden products on sale and a potato-themed menu in the café.
Chief Horticultural Officer Bob Sherman, who took part in Garden Organic’s first ever National Potato Day in 1994, said: “We were the first organisation to hold an event like this, but it is wonderful to see how many other ‘potato days’ have cropped up since then. Growers have so much choice nowadays - we were only able to offer about 60 varieties of seed potatoes in 1994, but we will have more than 100 available at this year with many of them being organic.”
From heritage seed potatoes to the latest non-GM Sarpo varieties, visitors will be spoilt for choice at National Potato Day.
The event will be held from 10am to 4pm. Admission will cost £5.50 for adults, £3.50 for children (5 to 16) and is free for under 5s. These prices include a 10 per cent donation as part of the Gift Aid Scheme. Garden Organic members always enjoy free entry.
A full programme of activities and a list of all of the varieties on sale at National Potato Day will soon be available at www.gardenorganic.org.uk. For further visitor information call 02476 303517.
* Garden Organic will also hold a members-only National Potato Day on Saturday, January 26, from 10am to 4pm.