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VISIT US AT RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW

and read our exclusive interview with botanist James Wong

At Viking, we are passionate about good food and we’re thrilled to be sponsoring the Feast Theatre at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 30 June to 5 July 2015.

If you’re looking for culinary inspiration, the Feast Theatre is the place to find it. Enjoy lively cookery demonstrations and entertaining talks from the likes of James Wong, Lottie Muir, Rachel Allen and Greg Wallace. It's the place pick up tantalising recipes, foodie ideas and bring out the incredible in your edibles!

Celebrated botanist James Wong shares his tips on the easiest way to grow fruit.

What’s the best garden you’ve been to and why? 

The best garden I've been to would have to be the jungle valley at Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan. I believe the function of gardens should be to transport the visitor to another place, to create an atmosphere so believable that you feel like you have entered another world, and this garden does it in spades. One minute you are wandering through damp, english fields and hedgerows and the next you are crossing a rope bridge over a jungle gully. Amazing!

What’s your favourite fruit / vegetable to grow and why? 

Oh, now that is a tricky question. Especially as it changes pretty much every week! At the moment it is the black raspberry. This rare fruit from North America is confusingly neither a raspberry nor a blackberry but an uber sweet, fragrant relative of the two. It produces large crops for next to no work, plus a whopping five times the antioxidants of most blackberry varieties. What's not to like?

What would be your one piece of advice for someone to grow fruit / vegetables at home? 

Grow fruit. And if you can, not in pots. Fruit are almost always far easier to grow than veg. They are coincidentally also often more expensive to buy and one of the crops where there is a huge flavour difference between homegrown and shop bought. Plant an apple tree, do nothing and you will get crops for the next 50 years. Plant carrots and you will have to dig, sow, thin, weed, net and water hundreds of times to get the same yield. Also, growing plants in the ground (as opposed to in pots) instantly disposes of with any need to repot, plus drastically reducing the labour involved with watering and fertilising. If you want an easy life, avoid pots at all costs.

Read also our interview with Midnight Apothecary's Lottie Muir >>

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