Last updated on 15 January 13

RHS Garden, Wisley

  4.9/5 (7 ratings)
  • RHS Garden Wisley, August Photograph © Gardenvisit.com
  • Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley Photograph © Gardenvisit.com
  • Glasshouse Lake and Borders, RHS Garden Wisley Photograph © RHS Garden Wisley/Allan Pollock-Morris
  • Carpet Bedding Photograph © Marcile Fowler
  • Delphiniums, Wisley Photograph © Marcile Fowler
  • Japanese Garden, Wisley Photograph © Marcile Fowler
  • RHS Garden Wisley, Woking Photograph © Marcile Fowler

Gardenvisit Editorial

A garden at Wisley was established by G F Wilson, a chemist and horticulturist, and was bought along with other land by Sir Thomas Hanbury and gifted to the Royal Horticultural Society on its centenary (1903). It has been developed and added to over the years with the whole area covering some 240 acres with 135 acres open to the public. Lanning Roper designed a planting scheme for the new walled garden designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1969 according to The Lanning Roper Papers which can be found at RHS Lindley Library. The second century of the Society has seen the Garden develop and grow into a world class garden.

Head Gardener's Comment

Situated near Pyrford just off the A3, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley was crowned Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2010. Wisley is the historical home of the RHS and is undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world – at over 200 acres in size and with over a million visitors to the garden each year, Wisley is a wonderful day-out. With sights to see including the stunning Glasshouse (housing over 5,000 different varieties of tropical plant), Battleston Hill, the Fruit Orchard and dramatic Rock Garden, Wisley is the perfect place to relax or enjoy a stroll with the family. The garden aims to develop growing skills in the beginner, amateur and professional gardener, and a wide variety of inspirational events for people of all ages take place throughout the year, including family activities during school holidays, Craft and Design Fairs, the Wisley Flower Show and A Taste of Autumn.

History

The Royal Horticultural Society was given Wisley in 1903, although at that time only a small part of the 60-acre estate was actually cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. Today the garden covers over 200 acres and offers a fascinating blend of the beautiful with practical and innovative design and cultivation techniques. For many, it is the beauty and tranquility of the garden that captures the imagination, with its richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the exotica of the glasshouses. Wisley is also a leading experimental garden however where many cultivation techniques are tried and tested.

Address - Wisley, nr Woking, Surrey, England, GU23 6QB
Opening times - All year. Daily except Christmas. See RHS Garden Wisley website for opening times.
Admission - Adults 10.75; Children 5-16yrs 4.60; Family (2 adults + 2 children) 27.60; Groups of 10 or more booked and paid for 14 days in advance 9.75. (with Gift Aid: 11.85; 5.10; 30.40)
Website - Visit the RHS Garden, Wisley website

Designers and Influences

This garden has been designed and influenced by Lanning Roper

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Reviews and Comments

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  • 9 months ago P Harding said

    My wife and I visited rhs gardens on 13 7 2012. We were both amazed at the excellent layout and upkeep of the whole gardens and buildings. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, the cafes and restaurants are also very good and your afternoon tea and and scones were out of this world. In my opinion it was one of the best days out I've had for years. I will be telling my friends about our visit. I rate this 10

    (5.0/5)
  • 12 months ago edward rademeyer said

    We have been members for almost a year now and visit the gardens more than once a month. The kids love it and there is always something new and exciting on.

    (5.0/5)
  • over 3 years ago Rob Wilson said

    Haven't been for a while, so yesterday (23/8/10)it was a real delight to find the Gardens much improved yet again. The grass as you come round the house was a stunning frame for the pond and beds. If you have never been to Wisley make it a day out and enjoy,not only the wonderful garden,but the excellent food and of course the superb glass-house.

    (5.0/5)
  • about 4 years ago Marcile Fowler said

    I loved this garden...much more than Kew gardens. Lots of diversity. I liked the trials fields where there were row upon row of every possible variety and color of some of my favorite flowers such as sweet peas and delphinium.

    (5.0/5)
  • over 4 years ago Anonymous said

    it has to be 5 stars an excellent set of gardens and very educational as you'd expect. It almost makes you forgive the mess of a carpark and entrance planting as you enter! but thats its only draw back. There is alot to see for those of us interested in plants and walking although they do need to save the Pinetum from neglect. Its best to go off peak to avoid the hoards of kids towed behind their mums who seem to have little interest in plants and abuse it like a inner city park, but such is the way of ignorant modern society. Well done RHS gardeners keep up the good work.

    (5.0/5)

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