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RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley

GU23 6QB

tel: 01483 224234
fax: 01483 211750

Area: Surrey
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RHS Garden Wisley -- Surrey

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Email: wisley //at//
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RHS Garden Wisley
Last Update*  11-08-2014

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 Opening Days and Hours

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

All year, except Christmas Day; 15 March - 19 Oct; Mon - Fri; 10am - 6pm; Sat & Sun; 9am - 6pm.
20 Oct - 15 March; Mon - Fri; 10am - 4.30pm; Sat & Sun; 9am - 4.30pm
Glasshouse: Mon - Sun; 10am - 5.15pm (3.45pm 20 Oct - 15 March), last admission 15 mins before closing
Last admission to the Garden 1 hour before closing.
Garden opens at 9am on Bank Holidays.
Garden closes at 4.30pm from 20 October to 15 March 2015

Parties / Coaches: Yes
For coach parties - free admission is also given to the coach driver, and one group escort.
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes

House Open for Viewing: No

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
 Admission Prices

Adults 12.20* (including Gift Aid)/11 (excluding Gift Aid)
Children (5-16) 5.25* (including Gift Aid)/4.75 (excluding Gift Aid)
Family 2+2
(2 adults +2 children) 31.50; excl Gift Aid 28.50; Additional discount Child 4.75; excl Gift Aid 4.28
Groups of more than 10 ** 10 per person
Groups of more than 10 children ** 4.73 (4.28 excl Gift Aid)
RHS Affiliated Societies ** One free visit per year
Green travel (bus or bicycle) 9.15 (8.25 excl Gift Aid)
* The RHS relies upon the generosity of its visitors to fund its charitable work. The prices marked * above include an additional 10% donation towards our charitable work, and enable us to claim Gift Aid on your admission. For more information on Gift Aid, please contact a member of our Visitor Services team.
** Group visits must be booked in advance. 9.75 per adult.
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
On Lead only: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Disabled & shaded parking. Guide dogs and Registered Support dogs are allowed in the gardens.
Wisley Flower Show - 10th - 12th Sept
A Taste of Autumn - 22nd - 25th Oct
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
Wisley Flower Show - 2nd - 7th Sept
A Taste of Autumn - 15th - 19th Oct

Rock Garden, glasshouses, lakes, pinetum, vegetable garden, walled gardens, mixed borders, fruit field, herb garden, model gardens and country garden.
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection: Crocus, Colchicum, Daboecia, Epimedium, Erica, Galanthus and Rheum.
 Description of Garden
The garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (R.H.S) at Wisley has become a 'mecca' for garden-lovers everywhere.

Wisley is a very beautiful 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, rock 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.

Any gardening speciality or interest can be met at Wisley. One area is given to various styles of model gardens. Trial areas of collections of cultivars are shown to compare, assess, or simply to admire. Laboratories research pests, diseases and general garden problems. Wisley's purpose is to "use and occupy the Estate for the purpose of an Experimental Garden and the Encouragement and Improvement of Scientific and Practical Horticulture in all its Branches".
 History of Garden
In 1878 George Ferguson Wilson, businessman, scientist, inventor and keen gardener, purchased the site and established 'The Oakwood Experimental Garden' with the idea of growing difficult plants successfully. Soon the garden was renowned for its collection of lilies, gentians, Japanese irises, primulas and waterplants. Despite changes since then, it is still true to his original concept.

In 1903 on the death of Mr Wilson, Sir Thomas Hanbury bought the estate and presented it in trust to the R.H.S. With his eminent botanist brother Daniel, he was the founder in 1867 of the celebrated hillside garden of La Mortola, on the Italian Riviera (with which the R.H.S. remains closely concerned).
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Hotels & Accommodation:
Cobham Hilton
The Restaurant, RHS Garden Wisley
Inns & Pubs:
The Anchor
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