On Wednesday, I was invited to RHS Wisley by the RHS Press Office. And what a wonderful day it was! Wisley is the RHS’s flagship garden and it looked absolutely stunning in the beautiful summer sunshine. I thought I’d share some of the photos which I took on our guided tour, to give you a little look around too…
Leading our tour were three garden managers, Markus, Lucy and Matthew. It was so interesting to hear about the history of Wisley and learn about the different planting schemes and styles, plus have a tour of the glasshouse.
Over lunch, RHS Director General Sue Biggs told us the ‘hot off the press’ news about the RHS’s 10 year Strategic Investment Programme to invest £100 million for the future of horticulture. Then there were presentations from two scientists, Anna and Tijana. Now, I’m not really into creepy crawlies (!), but I was totally captivated by Anna’s presentation about the Invisible Garden, which will be at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next month. The exhibit features animals in our gardens, which are invisible to the naked eye. Using a microscope, Anna showed us nematodes, aphids, ladybird larvae and the cutest tiny animals I’ve ever seen, called water bears! A must-see if you’re at the show. Then we went to the herbarium, which is the largest herbarium dedicated to ornamental plants in the UK. And of course, I was fascinated by the pressed flowers. Our final stop was a behind-the-scenes look at RHS science work.
RHS Wisley is one of those places that each time you visit there’s always something new to see, as the scenery changes with the seasons. I highly recommend visiting this jewel in the RHS crown…such a wonderful day for the whole family!
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)