Rhs Wisley

A NEW garden for children at RHS Wisley has been opened by the Duchess of Cambridge.  

The Back to Nature Garden is inspired by the gardens co-designed by The Duchess at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and is a place for families and friends to have fun in nature, while hopefully also igniting a love for gardening and growing plants.

Kate plants a weeping blue cedar tree with children from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Matt Pottage, curator of RHS Wisley

The Back to Nature Garden includes features from the original garden at RHS Chelsea, including the hollow log and boulders from the waterfall, as well as the wildflower meadow, hidden burrow and rolling hill from RHS Hampton.

As with the other RHS Back to Nature Gardens, the garden at Wisley aims to support The Duchess of Cambridge’s work to highlight how time spent in natural environments can help in building the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime. 

“RHS Garden Wisley is our flagship garden, welcoming over a million visitors a year, many of whom are families with young children, who we want to become the next generation of gardeners,” said Sue Biggs, RHS director general. “How magical for these children to play somewhere that has been inspired by gardens co-designed by The Duchess.”

For the full story get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

THE SIX-day RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show returns tomorrow, Tuesday 3 September with a plethora of inspiration, expert advice and shopping opportunities for gardening enthusiasts.

A visitor looks at agapanthus flowers planted in a tuba on the Hoyland Plant Centre stand at the RHS Wisley Flower Show 2015.

This year, more than 50 specialist nurseries will be attending, showcasing a horticultural range, including hydrangeas, agapanthus, lilies, ornamental grasses, palm trees and chilli plants. Additionally, more than 20 trade stands will be displaying a range of wares, from gardening tools to solar lighting, and raised garden beds to water fountains.

A floral exhibition at RHS Wisley Flower Show 2015

Visitors will also have a chance to see marquee displays from the National Dahlia Society and creations by the Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), with a special 10th anniversary theme.

The Glasshouse will feature an ‘RHS Garden Mars’ display, featuring a Martian-themed landscape with airplant planets and an astronaut while its gallery will house a photography exhibition by Susan Phelps.

Admission to the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show is free to RHS Members, normal garden admission applies to non-members. For further information visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley.

A RESOUNDING all-party “no” was the verdict at last Thursday’s Woking Borough Council meeting in response to a recommendation by the executive committee to support RHS Wisley’s application for a grant of £100,000.

There was an impressive display of unity from councillors across the political spectrum in their unequivocal rejection of the proposal.

RHS Wisley requested a grant of £100,000

Only council leader David Bittleston supported the motion to approve the grant, with 24 voting against the motion and four abstentions.

First to speak in the debate was Liberal Democrat Will Forster.

“The Lib Dems and I do not support this application for a grant to RHS Wisley,” he said.

Cllr Forster said that, last year, Citizens Advice, Woking, got £38,000 less than the year before, and the local credit union asked for £18,000 in grants but got £12,000.

Cllr David Bittleston argued strongly in favour of approving the grant

“When the Meadow Sports Group in my ward, which supports young people getting physically active and having a healthy lifestyle, sought £15,000 funding, they secured just £4,000,” he said.

“When another organisation outside our borough, the Surrey Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, sought £25,000 for work they do in our area in a building inside our area, not outside, they didn’t get anything – not a penny,” added Cllr Forster.

Cllr Bittleston was vigorous in his support for the application. He said the RHS Wisley grant would not affect other revenue account grants, as it would come from the capital account.

“We already give significantly more – 10 times more in some cases – to local community groups than many other boroughs and districts,” he said.

“We are an exemplar and the RHS Wisley request would not be a revenue account spend.”

He added that the benefit of giving the money to RHS Wisley “would be enormous for the residents of the borough”.

For the full story get the 1 August edition of the News & Mail

NOTHING could dampen the excitement – not even the rain – at RHS Garden Wisley on Monday when Britain’s best-loved gardener, RHS Ambassador and Vice-President Alan Titchmarsh, opened a new multi-million pound building with a promise to get Greening Great Britain.

The nation’s favourite gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, braves the rain at the opening of the new welcome building at the RHS Wisley Gardens.

To celebrate the opening of the welcome building, Alan hung his ‘Greening Great Britain Promise’ on a cherry tree in front of the new centre. His pledge to continue his support for specialist British nurseries and encourage the nation’s 27 million gardeners to do the same was in support of the RHS-led campaign.

He was helped by three-year-old RHS life member Rosie O’Hare, who was born at the garden in 2016, and was wearing a floral crown as she helped Alan to hang his promise on the tree joining hundreds of others who have already given their promise to “Greening Great Britain”

Alan said: “Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These plant specialists lovingly grow the rarest, most unusual and beautiful varieties in the world, which thrive in UK gardens because they’re so used to our climate.”

The new state-of-the-art welcome building includes a bigger Plant Centre covering 5000sqm, will be selling Britains biggest variety of rare and unusual plants as part of the its stock and will show tens of thousands of plants and feature displays by specialist UK growers all year round.

The centre also contains improved visitor facilities including a spacious arrivals hall, a 100-seater restaurant, a bigger selection of gardening and artisan products and a larger café.

For the full story get the 13 June edition of the News & Mail

IF YOU go down to the RHS Wisley Garden you’re sure of some big – and small – surprises.

Wisley Garden is hosting The Great Brick Safari, which features 40 sculptures ranging from African elephants to insect-devouring plants.

Hamish and Teddy intriguing a gazelle

Displayed throughout the establishment’s famous Glasshouse is a collection of exotic creatures and plants made from Lego components.

Lily teases a tiger

The Glasshouse Gallery is also running Lego brick workshops, where children can make a model and then purchase it to take home.

The event is open from 10am to 4.30pm every day until Sunday 3 March, with the creations on show in both the temperate and tropical zones of the Glasshouse.

Edward and Rebecca at the Zebra enclosure

For more pics get the 7th Feb edition of the News & Mail.