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Wisley, latest visit.


Went to Wisley yesterday & actually managed to get in the first CP. The last three times I tried to visit all three CP’s were full & one had park in Wiley village & walk a mile back to the gardens. Trouble is that the garden is so big & beautiful that it has become very popular & people visit from all over the country, there is a big coach park too.
I have been feeling a bit cheesed off with it, not being able to get in & they have put the subs up £2 this year also. Seems one’s best bet is to choose a wet, windy day & go early & enjoy the plants in the glasshouses.

Veltheimia bractata.



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I love the first one feverfew. Like a pink poker (kniphofia).
The fourth looks like freesia. If it is I'll bet it smelt amazing.

7 Mar, 2019


Lovely Feverfew. I would find that very frustrating too. It sounds like visiting Chelsea! Not keen on big crowds these days. I love that first photo. One of your photos hasn’t uploaded, looks like its missing its’jpg’ at the end of its link. Gorgeous plants in the glasshouses...did you manage to see outide as well?

7 Mar, 2019


Well it was worth struggling to find a parking place - aren't they all fabulous!I can't choose a favourite.

7 Mar, 2019


Snap, we were there on Monday, blog yet to be posted

Never had any bother with parking in over 20 years, but we always arrive mid morning, in time for a coffee before going round, maybe earlier arrival makes a difference?

7 Mar, 2019


I wonder if they have plans to create more parking. Some great plants!
I don't think I could stand Chelsea Karen, all those folk crammed in lol

7 Mar, 2019


I don't think creating more parking should be an option, as each CP is enormous & it would mean even more of the surrounding common land being swallowed up. I first went to Wisley in mid 1950's, there was one small CP, not tarmaced, & you entered the gardens singly through one tall, narrow turnstile, no shop, entrance lobby, or anything.
A massive new entrance area is being built, hence the membership increase, going to be finished this year.
Grandadgar, I went last during the warm sunny spell we had recently, arrived at 11am, they were so busy they were using CP's in the village. I ended up having a drink in The Anchor(&cake),. then went for a nice walk along the tow path.
Ck, I did see some of the outside garden, there were a lot of Camellias in bloom & the Hellebores were lovely, also masses of crocus. It is never crowded once inside Wisley
Garden as it is so big.I usually concentrate on one area each visit, like the Pinetum, Battle Hill, or the fruit growing area. I reckon you need three days to see it all. Just remembered, I forgot to visit the Alpine House, well, that's first next time, usually great at this time of year.
Ck, I deleted a photo as one went on twice, my mistake.
Tside, yes, Freesias & I forgot to smell them! :-(

8 Mar, 2019


Fever, Snap again, Anchor was our lunch spot. Game bangers & mash
I think with the new work for entrance etc a lot of CP is taken by contractors at the moment

I did the Alpine house, plenty out at the moment, camera definitely needed

I'm looking forward to when new work is finished, the entrance should be stunning if the cherry trees blossom this year, and new gardens being laid out near the fruit area

8 Mar, 2019

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