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RHS Wisley September 2015 - Part 2


Following on from my earlier blog on the Plant Fair at Wisley … we discovered that Wisley is the second most visited paid entry garden in the UK, after the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

After a light lunch of jacket potato, served on a plastic tray with a plastic lid and plastic cutlery, not impressed with all the plastic, but the potato and filling was good, we moved on to the glasshouse.

In 2005 construction began on the Bicentary Glasshouse which covers three-quarters of an acre and overlooks a lake. It is divided into three main planting zones. They are Desert, Tropical and Temperate Climates. It was opened in 2007. The Root Zone was added at a later date.

The glass panels either side have the names engraved of some of the 1,700 RHS members who have donated £200 or more towards the funding of the Glasshouse.

I really enjoyed walking around … hope you will enjoy seeing the plants too.

I thought this was a Banana tree too … like many before me!

This pink Passiflora was glorious

Just look at the size of it cascading down!

Another attractive Passiflora but is named ‘Silly Cow’ … shame!

Orchids in differing colours and sizes

These are weeping subshrubs Russellia equisetiformis, known as Firecracker Plant and native to Mexico and Guatemala … beautiful.

Loved this Cupressus cashmeriana too

So many amazing plants!

The Dry Temperate Zone is warm by day but cool at night and resembles the deserts of the world.

Time to leave the Glasshouse to wander outdoors … it had become even cloudier than earlier

There is a teaching garden, designed by Cleve West, to encourage school groups, families and adults to get gardening.

We made our way to the rock garden and alpine meadow, created on a sloping site.

Pinus wallichiana ‘Nana’

Loved this Tulipa saxatilis …

and the cones on this Pinus parviflora ‘Negishi’ …

Just as we had climbed the slope and entered the Bonsai avenue, my camera battery chose to give up! Shame as I cannot show you the Bonsai, long borders or Rose garden, but I’m sure there will be another visit to RHS Wisley in the Spring. Thanks for reading … happy gardening.

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Thank you - as good as a visit (almost...)What a shame your battery gave out - but its a good excuse to go again.

20 Sep, 2015


Ahhhhhhh! Just wonderful.

20 Sep, 2015


Lovely pictures Shirley. The glasshouse is was my favourite part a few years ago.

20 Sep, 2015


Lovely blog and photo's ,Shirley..and we' walked the walk' too :o) I would love to revisit too..I bet it will look great if you go again in Spring..:o)

21 Sep, 2015


brilliant love the glass houses, reminded me of my surprise 60th birthday treat with the two youngest to Kew we had a fantastic time there, made me want to visit Wisley will put it on my Wish list. :O)

21 Sep, 2015


Rock garden is my favourite, thank you for sharing.

21 Sep, 2015


Lovely diligent blog, Shirley, thank you for such a fascinating tour :)

21 Sep, 2015


Thank you Shirley. I enjoyed your photos. I specifically liked the grounds.

22 Sep, 2015


Sorry not to have commented before, but I have not been able to log on to GoY, no idea why but finally made it today!

Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting, I know some of you have been there before and wonder if, like us, you noticed some changes, for the better I think! We will definitely return in the Spring, it should be a mass of colour from Daffodils and Tulips.

22 Sep, 2015


Really lovely, thank you :-)

22 Sep, 2015


Really enjoyed this Shirley ! Thanks for sharing ! I can't imagine we would ever get round a place as big as this as it would be so difficult for Rick to walk so far .
Shame about the camera though ! Thats happened to me before.Its so maddening , isn't it !

23 Sep, 2015


Dawn, I am pleased you enjoyed seeing a small part of RHS Wisley ... :o)

Rose, I found it quite difficult to climb around the rockery, lots of benches to rest on though. I was sad when I realised the camera battery had given up, serves me right for taking so many photos at the Plant Fair, should have thought about it earlier!

25 Sep, 2015

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