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Wisley Entrance
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 dThe Alpine Meadow crocussesisplay 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).
A display in one of the Glasshouses
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 An area of the Rockerywalled 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.

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Wisley Gardens August 2003
A return visit to Wisley in late summer captured the last of the summer colour.
Glasshouse Corner

Waterlillies near entrance

Late summer border

Wisley Gardens May 2007
On this visit to Wisley, everyone was busy putting the finishing touches to the new Glasshouse that opens on the 15th June. So a further visit next year is called for to explore the new enclosure.
Late spring border 2007 Unusual Pink Tree

Rockery spring 2007

Wisley Gardens New Glasshouse 2008
The RHS has built a new world-class Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley - developed in celebration of the RHS Bicentenary. The Glasshouse features a special Root Zone , Clore Learning Centre and Horticultural Theatre.

The huge cathedral-like glass structure covers an area equal in size to 10 tennis courts and rises to 12m (40ft) in height. It has three climatic zones, recreating tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate habitats.

A winding pathway leads you past rocky outcrops, waterfalls, still pools and gently sloping gradients, allowing you to see plants in a range of different environments
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