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My first visit to RHS Wisley
Gardens was in March so the only garden flowers growing were crocuses and
daffodils (but as Wisley holds the National collection of crocus, amongst
others we were not disappointed). There are always the Glasshouses where
ornamental exotics can be relied upon to provide a colourful display at any
time of the year. It should be noted that the borders are at their best from
July to September.
In 1878 George
Ferguson Wilson businessman and scientist as well as a keen gardener, purchased
the site and established The Oakwood Experimental Garden. In 1903 on the death
of Wilson, Sir Thomas Hanbury bought the estate and presented it in trust to
the R.H.S. .With his botanist brother Daniel he was also the founder in 1867 of
the celebrated hillside garden of la Mortola on the Italian Rivera (with which
the R.H.S. retains close ties).
Wisley is a very
beautiful 240 acre garden with romantic half-timbered Tudor-style buildings.
The soil is mainly acid sand which is poor in nutrients and fast draining.
There is a canal designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, a rock garden, formal and
walled gardens, mixed borders, a rose garden, wild garden, glasshouses, a fruit
field and an arboretum. Then there are the alpine gardens, the model vegetable
gardens and a country garden by Penelope Hobhouse. .
Wisley is worthy of
a visit at most times of the year and can be found off Junction 10 of the M25
and following the brown tourist signs.
| Wisley Gardens
A return visit to Wisley in late summer captured the last of
the summer colour.
| Wisley Gardens May
On this visit to Wisley, everyone was busy putting the finishing
touches to the new Glasshouse that opens on the 15th June. The huge cathedral
like glass structure covers an area equivalent to ten tennis courts and has
three climatic zones. So a further visit later this year is called for to
explore the new enclosure.