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.

Designing a Family Friendly Garden

  • 5 September — 3 October 2014 *on now

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 *on now

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

Getting Started: Painting Landscapes in Watercolour

  • 18 — 25 September 2014 *on now

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 *on now

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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