RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley
Woking
Surrey
GU23 6QB
England

Website

www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley

Telephone

0845 260 9000

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RHS Garden Wisley

The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse.

Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden.

In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions. Elsewhere in the garden, cultivation techniques are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open all year except Christmas Day

31 March – 26 Oct
Mon–Fri: 10am–6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am–6pm
Last admission is one hour before closing.

27 Oct – 14 March
Mon–Fri: 10am–4.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am–4.30pm
Last admission is one hour before closing.

The garden opens at 9am on Bank Holidays. Last admission is one hour before closing.

The Glasshouse
Mon–Sun: 10am–5.15pm (3.45pm 27 Oct – 14 March)
Last admission 15 minutes before close.

Admission charges

Adults £11.85* (including Gift Aid)/£10.75 (excluding Gift Aid)
Children (5–16) £5.10* (including Gift Aid)/£4.60 (excluding Gift Aid)
Family 2+2 (2 adults +2 children) £30.40;
excl Gift Aid £27.60; Additional discount Child £4.57; excl Gift Aid £4.15
Groups of more than 10 ** £9.75 per person
Groups of more than 10 children ** £2.40
RHS Affiliated Societies ** One free visit per year
Green travel (bus or bicycle) £8.87 (£8.06 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.

One carer or companion is admitted free of charge per wheelchair user, visually impaired visitor or other person whose disability necessitates a carer.

Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the garden. The only exception are registered support dogs.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Beginners' Botanical Watercolour Painting

  • 23 April 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Get started with watercolour on this one day workshop with renowned botanical artist Anna Mason (previously Anna Knights). Anna will take you step by step through the creation of a botanical watercolour painting and provide guided support throughout the day to help you develop your skills. Don't be nervous, this is a perfect opportunity to develop a new hobby in a relaxed and friendly environment. A suggested equipment list will be sent to attendees prior to the course.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Container Gardening and Hanging Baskets

  • 24 April 2014 2-4pm

Discover how to create a tremendous container display and transform your patio into an attractive and eye-catching space with visual impact throughout the seasons. The session will cover how to choose the right containers, hanging baskets and growing media as well as plants and their aftercare. You will then have the opportunity to plant up a small container to take home, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves. All materials are provided and included in the price of the course.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Container Gardening and Hanging Baskets

  • 24 April 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Discover how to create a tremendous container display and transform your patio into an attractive and eye-catching space with visual impact throughout the seasons. The session will cover how to choose the right containers, hanging baskets and growing media as well as plants and their aftercare. You will then have the opportunity to plant up a small container to take home, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves. All materials are provided and included in the price of the course.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Spring Walk and Talk with the Curator

  • 25 April 2014 1-3pm

It's that time of year when the garden is springing back to life and preparing itself for an exciting year ahead. Join RHS Garden Wisley's enthusiastic curator, Colin Crosbie, on a walk and talk around the garden. Learn about the plants that put on their show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve a considerable walk outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

A Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography

  • 26 April 2014 10am-4pm

If you have a digital camera (DSLR or compact) and wish to learn how to get the best from it this is the course for you. The day will look at camera settings, lenses, file formats, basic image processing and printing. Little prior knowledge is assumed . There will be some time allocated for photography in the garden or glasshouse. Please bring your own camera. A copy of Adrian's new book, 'Digital Plant Photography: For Beginners to Professionals' is included in the price of the course.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

What Now? May and June

  • 6 May 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. May and June will include weed control, feeding, planting up pots and containers, pests and diseases, potting on and deadheading with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves. Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. May and June will include weed control, feeding, planting up pots and containers, pests and diseases, potting on and deadheading with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves. Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. May and June will include weed control, feeding, planting up pots and containers, pests and diseases, potting on and deadheading with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The Vegetable Garden in Summer

  • 7 May 2014 10:30am-4pm

It's not too late to get some vegetables growing for abundant crops this autumn and winter. This course will focus on vegetables that can be grown in summer months and how to sow and plant them. Harvesting, using and storing crops from spring sowings will also be explained. A range of practical techniques will be covered including seed sowing, successional sowing, weed, pest and disease identification and control techniques. This is a practical day and attendees will have the chance to practise skills they are shown, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The Vegetable Garden in Summer

  • 8 May 2014 10:30am-4pm

It's not too late to get some vegetables growing for abundant crops this autumn and winter. This course will focus on vegetables that can be grown in summer months and how to sow and plant them. Harvesting, using and storing crops from spring sowings will also be explained. A range of practical techniques will be covered including seed sowing, successional sowing, weed, pest and disease identification and control techniques. This is a practical day and attendees will have the chance to practise skills they are shown, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Garden Photography Masterclass with Clive Nichols

  • 9 May 2014 10:15am-4pm

This course begins with an illustrated lecture followed by practical sessions in the garden where students can learn about the techniques honed by Clive over a twenty year career as a professional flower and garden photographer. Clive is a very experienced teacher and will show you how to get the most from your camera whatever your skill level. Please bring your own camera - a digital SLR camera is preferable.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Spring Walk and Talk with the Curator

  • 9 May 2014 1-3pm

It's that time of year when the garden is springing back to life and preparing itself for an exciting year ahead. Join RHS Garden Wisley's enthusiastic curator, Colin Crosbie, on a walk and talk around the garden. Learn about the plants that put on their show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve a considerable walk outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Willow Weaving - Decorating your Garden

  • 10 May 2014 10:15am-4pm

Discover how to make fabulous willow decorations for your garden including spheres, lanterns, dragonflies and chains. Join Nicki Rowling, a local willow weaver, to learn the basics of the craft and create contemporary decorations to take home. All materials will be provided on the day and are included in the course price. The course may be held outside in nice weather, so please come equipped with suitable clothing and gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Drawing with Pen and Wash - A Beginner's Guide

  • 3 — 10 June 2014

Discover the fabulous potential for drawing with water soluble pen and wash, or 'Magic Pen' as it is known! Have fun and unlock your creativity, taking advantage of the awe-inspiring views of RHS Garden Wisley. Working in a small, relaxed and informal group you will learn how to create impressive images in this very forgiving medium with renowned tutor Naomi Lyons. Over two days, Naomi will demonstrate techniques, tricks of the trade and shortcuts before providing guided support as you capture Wisley's beautiful gardens for yourself. The workshops will take place outdoors with a covered space provided if the weather is inclement. Absolute beginners very welcome.

Admission

Course takes place on two days, Tuesday 3rd and Tuesday 10th June. Includes refreshment vouchers

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The Productive Greenhouse in Summer

  • 7 June 2014 10am-1pm

Further your knowledge and skills, develop the use of your greenhouse and make your space more productive. This illustrated talk and practical demonstration will include advice on managing the glasshouse environment throughout the summer, growing salads, fruits and vegetables, a close look at feeding and watering and how to control pests and diseases.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Getting Started with Soft Fruit

  • 11 June 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Soft fruits are immensely rewarding to grow and can be incredibly productive even in minimal space. Learn how to get the taste of summer in your garden from strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more. This session will cover different soft fruits and their care, planting, soils, siting, training, pruning and maintenance.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Wet in Wet Techniques for Flower Painting with Billy Showell

  • 12 June 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Join renowned botanical artist Billy Showell for a day of drawing flowers and an in depth look into wet-in-wet painting techniques. This one day course aims to help you to broaden your painting skills and create new effects for seamless pictures. Billy will be demonstrating techniques and providing guided support throughout the day while you get to grips with this style of painting. This course which aims to teach, encourage and support all levels of ability.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Colour Washes for Flower Painting with Billy Showell

  • 13 June 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Discover how to enhance your watercolour flowers by building up colour washes with renowned botanical artist Billy Showell. This one day course aims to develop your botanical painting skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Billy will be demonstrating techniques and providing guided support throughout the day while you get to grips with this style of painting. This course which aims to teach, encourage and support all levels of ability.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Creative Plant Photography with Andy Small: Two day course

  • 14 — 28 June 2014

Andy Small is one of the UK's most original and influential fine art flower photographers. Spend two days with Andy learning about his creative approach to garden and plant photography and discover how he creates his iconic images. The first day will include indoor talks on plant photography and the fundamentals of creating stunning images as well as sessions of practical photography out in the garden and studio sessions indoors with an emphasis on close-up macro work. The second day will cover further practical techniques, image processing and a review of your photographs. Please bring your own camera, a digital SLR is preferable.

Admission

Course takes place Saturday 14th June and Saturday 28th June. Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Design Solutions: Cool Solutions for Practical Problems

  • 21 June 2014 1:30-4pm

We all have a corner of the garden that's used for dumping, or a shed that has seen better days. In this short afternoon session we'll explore creative design solutions for dealing with the practicalities of every-day life, sheds, composting, bins, ugly fences, trampolines and unfortunate borrowed landscapes. We'll consider great planting solutions that not just hide those problems but enhance your garden.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Design Solutions: Designing Kitchen Gardens

  • 21 June 2014 10am-12:30pm

With the popularity of growing your own food soaring the kitchen garden has once more become a must have for gardeners. In this morning session Andrew and Jo will look at creative and practical solutions for kitchen garden design, integrating spaces into the wider garden, planting to create space and form, and extending your garden with other elements such as outdoor kitchens.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Botany for Gardeners - Leaves, Stems and Roots

  • 24 June 2014 10:30am-4pm

Have you ever wondered what plants look like under the microscope? What exactly do leaves, stems and roots do? In this practical workshop you will look at different parts of plants under the microscope and find out more about their structure and function through an illustrated talk. There will also be a taste of the mysteries plant scientists are currently investigating. This course is suitable for those with no experience of botany or microscope use, and will cover the basics up to GCSE level theory

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Budding and Grafting

  • 25 June 2014 10:30am-1pm

For the more experienced gardener this is an opportunity to learn the technical skills of grafting to propagate and manipulate your plants with increased precision. Fruit trees and ornamental trees will be covered, including the techniques and aftercare of chip budding and side-veneer grafting. Selection of scion wood, rootstocks and the compatibility of the two will be covered, as well as the techniques used to achieve a successful graft.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

What Now? July and August

  • 10 July 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. July and August will include taking cuttings, watering, summer pruning of shrubs, trees and fruit, harvesting seed and hedge trimming with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

A Closer Look at the Long Term Performance of Perennials

  • 12 July 2014 10am-4pm

How long will plants survive? Will they spread? How will my new border look in five years' time? This full-day garden-based workshop with renowned plantsman Noel Kingsbury aims to encourage participants to observe garden and landscape plants, focussing on their growth through the year. The session will look at how plants compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Gardeners and designers can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for the maximising of interest and the minimising of maintenance at all seasons.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Summer Walk and Talk with the Curator

  • 18 July 2014 1-3pm

The garden is in full swing and at its most floriferous and colourful. Join RHS Garden Wisley's enthusiastic curator, Colin Crosbie, on a walk and talk around the garden. Learn about the plants that put on their show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve a considerable walk outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Design Solutions: Designing for Shade

  • 19 July 2014 10am-12:30pm

Nearly every garden has some shade whether it's from an overhanging tree, a high hedge or other buildings. In this morning course we will look at planting design solutions for shade, both wet and dry including plant selection, microclimates and especially under trees.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Design Solutions: Structure in the Planted Border

  • 19 July 2014 1:30-4pm

One of the most common planting design challenges faced by many gardeners is how to structure a great border. In this afternoon course we will look at the key steps for putting together a great border, focusing on mixed planting schemes including shrubs.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Summer Fruit Pruning

  • 19 July 2014 10:30am-1pm

Your fruit trees and bushes spend their summer lavishing you with delicious treats and will reward you further for a little love and attention at this time of year. Discover how to correctly prune a range of fruit trees and bushes, including restricted forms for maximum productivity in the current and coming years, in this talk and demonstration with RHS expert staff.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Summer Walk and Talk with the Curator

  • 23 July 2014 1-3pm

The garden is in full swing and at its most floriferous and colourful. Join RHS Garden Wisley's enthusiastic curator, Colin Crosbie, on a walk and talk around the garden. Learn about the plants that put on their show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve a considerable walk outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Willow Weaving - Basket Making

  • 23 July 2014 10:15am-4:30pm

Join Nicki Rowling, a local willow weaver, for an introduction to basket weaving. Learn the basic skills of this ancient craft and spend a relaxing day creating your own basket to take home. All materials will be provided on the day and are included in the course price. Please come equipped with suitable clothing and gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The University of Scones - 10.30am

  • 29 July 2014 10:30am-1pm

With Claire Clarke MBE. Headlining this summer is our University of Scones. Helping you bake sweet and savoury versions of these teatime staples to perfection using Baby Belling ovens will be master pastry chef Claire Clark MBE, who first started cooking scones professionally at London's Ritz Hotel in 1984. Do you prefer the British or American style of scones? How do you bring the dough together without kneading? Should you leave the scones to rise? Expect flour-dusted hands and scrumptious results. The morning course includes lunch featuring the scones with the chef, and the afternoon course includes afternoon tea.

Admission

Includes lunch

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The University of Scones - 2pm

  • 29 July 2014 2-4:30pm

With Claire Clarke MBE. Headlining this summer is our University of Scones. Helping you bake sweet and savoury versions of these teatime staples to perfection using Baby Belling ovens will be master pastry chef Claire Clark MBE, who first started cooking scones professionally at London's Ritz Hotel in 1984. Do you prefer the British or American style of scones? How do you bring the dough together without kneading? Should you leave the scones to rise? Expect flour-dusted hands and scrumptious results. The morning course includes lunch featuring the scones with the chef, and the afternoon course includes afternoon tea.

Admission

Includes afternoon tea

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Summer Ornamental Pruning

  • 30 July 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Many early summer flowering shrubs and trees require pruning at this time of year to ensure their longevity and to maximise their performance for years to come. This talk and demonstration by expert RHS staff will teach you the theory behind pruning shrubs in the summer along with vital pruning principles which will allow your plants to be at their best for the years ahead. General maintenance and pruning shrubs and climbers such as Deutzia, Philadelphus, Spirea and Wisteria will be covered. This session will involve walking outdoors and practical demonstrations, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Summer Ornamental Pruning

  • 31 July 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Many early summer flowering shrubs and trees require pruning at this time of year to ensure their longevity and to maximise their performance for years to come. This talk and demonstration by expert RHS staff will teach you the theory behind pruning shrubs in the summer along with vital pruning principles which will allow your plants to be at their best for the years ahead. General maintenance and pruning shrubs and climbers such as Deutzia, Philadelphus, Spirea and Wisteria will be covered. This session will involve walking outdoors and practical demonstrations, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Plant Pests and Diseases

  • 6 August 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Are you fed up with your plants being nibbled or keeling over without warning? Learn about the pests and diseases most likely to attack your plants, how to spot them and what to do about them. This session will cover the identification and control of a variety of common garden enemies. There will also be a walk around Wisley to show pests and diseases in context and the controls used.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Printing and Bookbinding

  • 7 August 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Discover how to print and bind your own stylish notebooks in this one day course, new for 2014. Professional paper designer Alice will guide you in the morning to carve a shape for your print and design your own, personalised paper. In the afternoon professional bookbinder Katherine will then show you how to bind your paper into a book using two different binding structures
pamphlet binding and concertina. All materials will be provided on the day and are included in the course price.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Plants and Poisons

  • 8 August 2014 10:15am-12:45pm

Discover the darker side of the plants we know and love. Chemists Dr Kathryn Harkup and Dr Anna Tanczos will take you on a stunningly visual journey through some of the most potent plant poisons in the world. The session will look at their make-up and effects on the human body as well as some of their most spectacular applications in history. They will be joined by a member of the RHS team to take you on a tour of the garden at Wisley to show you just how close some of these plants are to home.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Tree Identification in Summer

  • 8 August 2014 1:30-4pm

Join our expert team at RHS Wisley for a look at various types of tree and how to correctly identify them. You will be taken through a range of different diagnostic features including leaves, twigs, bark and habit on the most common types of tree you will see in Britain as well as a few of the more obscure. This session will involve a walk around the garden so please come prepared with appropriate footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Designing with Water

  • 9 August 2014 10am-4pm

One of the biggest challenges in garden design is to understand how water works and how we can bring this key element into our gardens. This one day course will look out solutions for different types of water from natural and formal ponds, contemporary water features to natural bog gardens and wetland planting. It will focus not only on the design and practical construction issues but also on the plants that will engage the design in its setting.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Getting Started with Plant and Wildlife Photography

  • 9 — 23 August 2014

Discover the trick of digital plant and wildlife photography on this two day introductory course with renowned photographer and tutor Adrian Davies. You will spend at least two sessions in the garden where camera settings, lenses and camera supports will be demonstrated whilst photographing plants, insects and other natural history subjects. Sessions indoors will include an introduction to natural history photography, basic image processing and printing. Please bring your own camera, a digital SLR is preferable.

Admission

Course takes place Saturday 9th August and Saturday 23rd August. Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Hot Hot Hot! Chillies in Watercolour with Anna Mason

  • 14 — 15 August 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Learn how to capture fruit and foliage in watercolour with the exceptionally talented Anna Mason (previously Anna Knights). This two day course will detail how to accurately represent colour, texture and form through Anna's demonstrations and guided support of your own work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Some experience is an advantage but by no means essential.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Working with Biocontrols

  • 16 August 2014 10am-12pm

The control of pests and diseases is never far from the horticulturist's mind. With a reduction of available chemical controls and an increased tendency towards organic growing, many people are turning towards biocontrols
natural predators for the pest species you may find in your garden. Join Nick Morgan, Wisley's Glasshouse specialist for a look at the available biocontrols, how to source them, how to create a suitable environment and how to implement a successful pest control programme in your garden and glasshouse.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Flowers and Fruit in Coloured Pencil with Ann Swan

  • 19 — 20 August 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Discover how to capture the intricacies of flowers and fruit in coloured pencil using layering and blending techniques in this two day workshop with botanical artist Ann Swan. Ann will demonstrate her techniques and guide you as you develop your technical skill and composition. This two day workshop is suitable for improvers or those who have completed the beginner's workshop.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Behind the Scenes in the Glasshouse

  • 21 August 2014 10:15am-12:15pm

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in Wisley's iconic glasshouse? Take a backstage tour with Glass Department Team Leader Peter Jones to discover the wealth of work which goes on throughout the year to keep the displays looking great. You will be shown around the arid, temperate, tropical and orchid service houses which keep the glasshouse stocked with plants as well as looking at the technical side of hothouse workings. Peter will also be demonstrating some of the skills required by the glasshouse team, such as staking and tying, repotting orchids and pest and disease control. This course will involve considerable time standing up and walking so please come prepared with suitable footwear.

Admission

Includes a refreshment voucher

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Formative Tree and Shrub Pruning

  • 21 August 2014 1-4pm

Ensure young trees develop a good shape to avoid poor branch unions and shapes in later life. This half day session with Garden Manager Matthew Pottage will also cover the correct pruning cuts and systems of pruning to avoid damaging plants by pruning with incorrect technique or timing. You will also discover how to get the best from your shrubs, what to prune and when, and how to get a good show from your flowering shrubs. This talk and demonstration will involve a considerable walk around the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Willow Weaving - Basket Making

  • 22 August 2014 10:15am-4:30pm

Join Nicki Rowling, a local willow weaver, for an introduction to basket weaving. Learn the basic skills of this ancient craft and spend a relaxing day creating your own basket to take home. All materials will be provided on the day and are included in the course price. Please come equipped with suitable clothing and gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Designing a Family Friendly Garden

  • 5 September — 3 October 2014

There is a particular skill to creating a great family garden and this course will look at creative solutions to practical challenges such as integrating play equipment and providing child friendly spaces whilst retaining an element of adult style and enjoyment. This course will especially suit those with a young family who want to maximize garden enjoyment for the whole family.

Admission

Course takes place on Friday 5th September and Friday 3rd October. Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Starting from Scratch

  • 6 — 20 September 2014

If you're new to gardening and are feeling a little overwhelmed this is the course for you. Over two days we will take you back to basics and grow your knowledge from the ground up. Subjects introduced will include
plant naming, growth and structure, planting and plant care, basic propagation, ground cultivation, growing media, pruning, lawn care, feeding and watering. By the end of the course you should have gained a solid base from which to build further knowledge. The sessions will involve some lecture based sessions and some indoor and outdoor practical sessions, so please come prepared with appropriate clothing, footwear and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

What Now? September and October

  • 9 September 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. September and October will include dividing perennials, planting trees and shrubs, protecting tender plants over winter, developing new lawns and storing tubers over winter with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Jams and Preserves

  • 11 September 2014 11am-1pm

Late summer is the time to think about preserving the season's most-prized fruits, herbs and vegetables to enjoy during the colder months. Our summer preserving workshop will help you get to grips with jam-making, using luscious Wisley berries, plus other garden treats such as rose petals and fresh spices. We'll be looking at the myriad different ways - sweet and savoury - that tomatoes can be preserved and digging through the vegetable plot for crunchy piccalilli ingredients. Recipes for elegant herb jellies, fun cordials, chunky chutneys and piquant mustards will ensure your larder is well-stocked for the cold months, and that you have a ready supply of delightful food gifts for friends and family.

Admission

Includes a two course lunch featuring the preserves

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

An Introduction to Felting Flowers with Gillian Harris

  • 16 September 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

LDiscover how to create felt roses, pansies, daisies, or anemones, all from merino wool tops. You will even learn to make leaves and stamens! This full day course will cover wet felting and needle felting techniques and is suitable for beginners or the more experienced. You will learn how to wet felt the basic shapes using soap and water, and then use dry needle felting for decorating and joining. Materials are included in the price of the course.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Propagation - the Next Steps

  • 17 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Take a step onwards in propagation with Wisley's propagation team. Learn how to increase your stock of plants with shrub propagation, hardwood cuttings, division, root cuttings and bulb propagation. There will be a guided tour around the propagation glasshouses of Wisley where thousands of plants are raised for the garden every year. This session will involve practical activities and items to take and grow on at home, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves. Some plant knowledge, or previous attendance on the Beginner's Propagation course is recommended.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Getting Started: Painting Landscapes in Watercolour

  • 18 — 25 September 2014

Discover how to capture landscapes in watercolour with expert tutor Naomi Lyons. Have fun and unlock your creativity, taking advantage of the awe-inspiring views of RHS Garden Wisley. Working in a small, relaxed and informal group you will have the opportunity to experiment and develop your skills. Over two weeks, Naomi will demonstrate techniques before providing guided support as you capture Wisley's beautiful gardens for yourself. Among many skills the course will cover composition, how to be selective when confronted with a view and basic colour mixing. The workshops will take place outdoors with a covered space provided if the weather is inclement.

Admission

Course takes place Thursday 18th and Thursday 25th September. Includes refreshment vouchers

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Garden Photography Masterclass with Clive Nichols

  • 19 September 2014 10:15am-4pm

This course begins with an illustrated lecture followed by practical sessions in the garden where students can learn about the techniques honed by Clive over a twenty year career as a professional flower and garden photographer. Clive is a very experienced teacher and will show you how to get the most from your camera whatever your skill level. Please bring your own camera - a digital SLR camera is preferable.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Propagation - the Next Steps

  • 23 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Take a step onwards in propagation with Wisley's propagation team. Learn how to increase your stock of plants with shrub propagation, hardwood cuttings, division, root cuttings and bulb propagation. There will be a guided tour around the propagation glasshouses of Wisley where thousands of plants are raised for the garden every year. This session will involve practical activities and items to take and grow on at home, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves. Some plant knowledge, or previous attendance on the Beginner's Propagation course is recommended.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The Vegetable Garden - Autumn into Winter

  • 24 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Learn how to get more out of your vegetable garden all year round. This day will focus on which vegetables can still be grown in autumn and winter months and how to sow and plant them, plus harvesting and storage methods for existing autumn crops. A range of practical jobs such as soil preparation, composting and planning crops and rotation for the next year will also be covered. This session will involve practical activities, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The Vegetable Garden - Autumn into Winter

  • 25 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Learn how to get more out of your vegetable garden all year round. This day will focus on which vegetables can still be grown in autumn and winter months and how to sow and plant them, plus harvesting and storage methods for existing autumn crops. A range of practical jobs such as soil preparation, composting and planning crops and rotation for the next year will also be covered. This session will involve practical activities, so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Autumn and Winter Pots and Containers - 2pm

  • 26 September 2014 2-4pm

Discover how to make the most of your seasonal containers with plant suggestions and planting demonstrations. Learn about the correct care and maintenance of your containers for a fantastic display and create your own winter container to take home. This session is run by RHS expert staff and will involve practical activities, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Autumn and Winter Pots and Containers - 10.30am

  • 26 September 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Discover how to make the most of your seasonal containers with plant suggestions and planting demonstrations. Learn about the correct care and maintenance of your containers for a fantastic display and create your own winter container to take home. This session is run by RHS expert staff and will involve practical activities, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Creative Plant Photography with Andy Small - Two days

  • 27 September — 11 October 2014

Andy Small is one of the UK's most original and influential fine art flower photographers. Spend two days with Andy learning about his creative approach to garden and plant photography and discover how he creates his iconic images. The first day will include indoor talks on plant photography and the fundamentals of creating stunning images as well as sessions of practical photography out in the garden and studio sessions indoors with an emphasis on close up macro work. The second day will cover further practical techniques, image processing and a review of your photographs. Please bring your own camera, a digital SLR is preferable.

Admission

Course takes place Saturday 27th September and Saturday 11th October. Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Close-up Photography with Adrian Davies

  • 4 October 2014 10am-4pm

Join Adrian Davies, renowned photographer and tutor on this one day course aimed at more experienced camera users (DSLR or compact) concentrating entirely on close-up photography and how to achieve the best results. There will be at least one session in the garden or glasshouse, where camera settings, different lenses, and the use of flash will be covered. Please bring your own camera, tripod and any other appropriate accessories.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Botanical Painting of Exotics with Billy Showell

  • 4 — 5 October 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Discover how to successfully capture the beauty of exotic plants with renowned botanical artist Billy Showell. Covering colour mixes, wet-in-wet techniques and much more, this is a course which aims to teach, encourage and support all levels of ability. Billy will be demonstrating techniques and providing guided support throughout the day to help you develop your skills. Attendees will all receive an exotic plant to paint and take home. All levels are welcome but some previous watercolour experience would be an advantage.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Japanese Woodblock Printing - Landscapes

  • 21 — 22 October 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Join renowned printmaker Laura Boswell for this two day course in the wonderful art of Japanese woodblock printing. Traditional Japanese woodblock is a sensitive and beautiful print process using watercolour and rice. The ancient method produced the iconic woodblock prints from Japan's Edo Period. It is a tabletop method, requiring no press and uses totally non-toxic materials. This course focusses on capturing landscapes using traditional Japanese woodblock techniques. Laura welcomes all levels of experience, especially beginners who would like to take away the basic skills to be able to print successfully with watercolour at home. Laura is one of the only practitioners of the art in the UK, so don't miss this opportunity to learn from her in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Apples in Watercolour with Anna Mason

  • 23 — 24 October 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Discover the intricacies of accurately capturing apples in watercolour with the exceptionally talented Anna Mason (previously Anna Knights). Learn how to accurately represent colour, texture and form through Anna's demonstrations and guided support of your own work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Some experience is an advantage but by no means essential.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Autumn Walk and Talk with the Curator

  • 24 October 2014 1-3pm

Join RHS Garden Wisley's enthusiastic curator, Colin Crosbie, on a walk and talk around the garden to see the spectacularly vibrant autumn colour. Learn about the plants that put on a show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve considerable walking outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Nuts and Bolts - Two day studio study course

  • 30 October — 13 November 2014

This professional level course aims to marry design detailing with the production of successful construction drawings from a design perspective for practising garden designers and keen amateurs. A design scenario will enable you to work through a range of details such as retaining walls, paving, water and steps. You are more than welcome to bring your own work if you have more specific issues to consider. Day one will explore the development of details, considering junctions and level changes in particular, combinations of materials, ground preparation and specifications. Day two will look at the production of working drawings and the conversion from loose sketch sections into finished drawings.

Admission

Course takes place on Thursday 30th October and Thursday 13th November. Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

The Root Zone: Growing Media, Composting and Plant Nutrition

  • 1 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

The soil, compost or other substrate in which your plants grow is vital to their success and a highly significant factor in their care and nutrient requirements. The move away from growing in peat creates further questions about how to successfully select and improve growing media. Join Nick Morgan, Glasshouse Specialist and Paul Alexander, Principal Horticultural Scientist for a day of looking at the root zone both indoors and out, finding out how to improve your soil out of doors, how to compost well and successful substrates for container cultivation. You will also learn about the nutrient requirements of plants and how to build a successful feeding programme. This course will involve some walking so please come prepared with suitable footwear.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

What Now? November and December

  • 4 November 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. November and December will include ground preparation, winter fruit pruning, taking root cuttings, taking hardwood cuttings and winter vegetables with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Trained Fruit Trees

  • 5 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Would you love to grow fruit but lack the space, or are you simply looking for a different decorative feature for your garden? Discover how to train fruit trees into shapes to suit your space, from fans and espaliers to cordons. You will learn how to select the optimum tree and how to train it when young to ensure maximum success in the future. Maintenance pruning at different times of year will be covered in detail to keep your trained trees happy, handsome and fruitful.

Admission

Includes tea & coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Seedpods and Bark in Coloured Pencil with Ann Swan

  • 11 — 12 November 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

Discover how to accurately capture seedpods and bark in coloured pencil using layering and blending techniques in this two day workshop with botanical artist Ann Swan. Ann will demonstrate her techniques and guide you as you develop your technical skill and composition. This two day workshop is suitable for improvers or those who have completed the beginner's workshop.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Winter Pruning of Tree Fruit

  • 19 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Winter is the time of year that many types of tree fruit including apples, pears and quinces receive their main prune of the year. Join Wisley's expert fruit team for a demonstration and explanation of how to prune various tree forms in winter for maximum benefit to fruit production, aesthetics and space constraints. Please note that stone fruit such as plums will not be covered as pruning in the winter should be avoided. This course will involve walking outside so please come prepared for the weather.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Making and Using Plant Dyes

  • 20 November 2014 10:15am-4:15pm

If you are new to plant dyes and would like to learn the basics of producing rich, warm and subtle colours from them, this is the workshop for you. Sarah Chesters, ex-costume designer will provide short demonstrations of various processes followed by plenty of time for you to experiment. You will use common and unusual plant material for the colours, natural plant fibres and sheep's wool for dyeing. You will learn about mordants, extracting the colour and overdyeing, how to use a microwave for small quantities and a conventional hob and dyepan for larger amounts. All materials will be provided and you will leave with a range of fibres dyed with different colours, a suppliers list and plenty of ideas. Please wear old clothes or an apron and bring a pair of washing up gloves.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Care of the Fruit Garden in Winter

  • 22 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

Do you have overgrown apples, unproductive pears and trees that only crop well every other year? How you care for your fruit garden in the winter determines its success for the coming year and for the future. Join Wisley's fruit experts to learn how to plant trees and bushes, correctly establish them in good forms and prune them every year for maximum productivity. This full day course will cover both soft fruit and top fruit and will involve an outside session in the fruit garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.

Admission

Includes a light lunch and refreshments

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Christmas Decorations in Willow - 1.45pm

  • 3 December 2014 1:45-4:15pm

Get in the festive mood while you learn how to make natural Christmas decorations for your house and garden in this practical workshop. Local willow weaver Nicki Rowling will demonstrate and instruct while you make chains, lanterns, wreaths and Christmas trees to dress your home for the festive season. All materials will be provided on the day, please bring a pair of gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Christmas Decorations in Willow - 10.15am

  • 3 December 2014 10:15am-12:45pm

Get in the festive mood while you learn how to make natural Christmas decorations for your house and garden in this practical workshop. Local willow weaver Nicki Rowling will demonstrate and instruct while you make chains, lanterns, wreaths and Christmas trees to dress your home for the festive season. All materials will be provided on the day, please bring a pair of gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

What Now? January and February

  • 13 January 2015 10:30am-1:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting to brush up on your skills? Let the RHS experts help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal tasks so that you know what you could be doing when. January and February will include spring and renovation pruning, seed sowing, getting to know your soil and preparing a seed bed with opportunities for you to have a go yourself. The session will include practical activities and a walk outside in the garden, so please come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and gardening gloves.

Admission

Includes tea and coffee

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

Winter Walk and Talk with the Curator

  • 16 January 2015 1-3pm

Not everything in the garden is sleeping in winter. Join RHS Garden Wisley's enthusiastic curator, Colin Crosbie, on a walk and talk around the garden. Learn about the plants that put on a show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve considerable walking outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/gardens/wisley/index.htm

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