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RHS Garden Wisley – Surrey, England

October 18, 2012

Founded in 1878 The Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Garden is the second most visited paid entry garden in the UK, with just under a million visitors in 2010. Despite this impressive traffic it didn’t feel crowded when I visited a few weeks ago.

In 2005 construction was initiated for the £7.7 million,  3,000 m² Bicentenary Glasshouse, an impressive structure divided into three major planting zones – desert, tropical and temperate climates. I’ll upload photos soon. For now, below is a photo of a verdant stratified Wisley panorama, looking very healthy in early autumn.

Click photo to enlarge and print out so you can look at it when it gets cold and grey this winter…

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  1. October 18, 2012 10:08:05 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed a visit to Wisley! I spent most of my childhood in Send, near Woking, and we often went to Wisley.You might like what I wrote about it http://argylesock.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/memories-of-wisley/ It’s many years now since I went there but family live nearby, so never say never. Meanwhile I look forward to seeing your photos about it.

    Do they still have minature gardens in stone sinks or baths? I used to love those so much when I was knee-high to a fly.

  2. October 18, 2012 10:08:38 pm

    What a magnificent vista! We are conifer addicts. We have so many conifers we can’t possibly hope to give them all homes on our 4 acre property. Some of our favourites are the Araucarias and we collected 3 seeds from an interstate park where we were attending an international garden show in 2010 from underneath a massive big Araucaria bidwillii and sent them home along with some other contraband in a box. It made it through customs and after an inordinate wait where we almost threw the empty pots out into the compost, we have 3 2ft tall beauties all with their own possum repellant armour plated spines and ready to do battle on Serendipity Farm. They took over a year to germinate and grow and it was fortuitous that Steve noticed the seed had cracked and that a small shoot was emerging from one of the seeds that we were just about to toss into the compost heap and we repotted them and they grew. From little things ENORMOUS things grow :). It’s worth the wait for something as beautiful as an Araucaria :) We will never see them fruit but it might be worth putting some sort of plaque up to let future generations know that these fruits can kill! A man was killed in the park in Western Australia (where I originally come from) on his lunch break when a bunya nut seed fell on his head and killed him instantly. They have to cordon off the trees in their fruiting season now. A lesson hard learned! :)

  3. October 18, 2012 10:08:02 pm

    We enjoyed our visit to Wisley a year or two ago very much.

    • October 19, 2012 10:08:16 am

      Yes, it’s a great place. I would like to make a point to re-visit during the varying seasons throughout the year, as it must change dramatically. I’ve only been once but will return on future visits to England.

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