RHS Garden Wisley

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The flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley covers more than 200 acres and features richly-planted borders, rose gardens, trial fields and a state of the art glasshouse. The site was purchased in 1878 by George Fergusson Wilson, who established the 'Oakwood experimental garden' with the idea of making 'difficult plants grow successfully'. Given to the RHS in 1903, Wisley remains true to the original concept. In the trial fields, the best flowers and vegetables are identified from new introductions. Elsewhere, cultivation techniques are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens address a variety of conditions and circumstances. The glasshouse covers an area equal in size to ten tennis courts and has three climatic zones, recreating tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate habitats. Family activities at Wisley include thematic trails around the site. There’s also a bird hide and the ‘plants for bugs’ area, with seasonal insect identification events. Wisley hosts a number of shows and fairs throughout the year, including the Wisley Flower Show (Sep 6-9 2012).


Venue name: RHS Garden Wisley
Address: Wisley
near Woking
GU23 6QB
Transport: Rail: West Byfleet
Price: £13.20, £6.60 5-16 year-olds, £32.75 family (2+2) inc gift aid
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A great place to spend a few hours particularly in the spring or summer when the gardens have the most colour and life. The lawns will be the envy of even the most keen gardeners. Plenty of open space to take along a picnic and relax - there is also a kids playground done Wisley-style, so all natural wood for the various climbing frames and no plastic in sight. The glass house conservatory is also very impressive and a must-see part of the gardens, it;s like a mini Eden project right in the heart of Surrey.