Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley is Britain’s best loved garden. It contains 97 hectares (240 acres) offering 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, but a closer look reveals the real value of Wisley.

In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions. Elsewhere in the garden, cultivation techniques, such as composting or pleaching, are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances.

Wisley demonstrates British gardening at its best in all aspects. Highlights include the Alpine Meadow carpeted with daffodils in Spring, Battleston Hill, brilliant with rhododendrons in early Summer, the heathers and Autumnal tints. All this together with the Glasshouses, Trials and Model Gardens are all features for which the Garden is renowned. Facilities include Restaurant and Cafeteria, The Wisley Shop containing the finest collection of horticultural books in the world as well as other gifts and The Wisley Plant Centre with over 10,000 varieties of plant for sale.

Plant people associated with this garden include: Lanning Roper.

In 1878, George Ferguson Wilson purchased the property and established "The Oakwood Experimental Garden." Under his leadership, the garden became known for collections of lillies, gentians, Japanese iris, primulas and water plants.

Sir Thomas Hanbury bought the estate at the death of Mr. Wilson in 1903. He donated it to the Royal Horticultural Society for use as a demonstration garden.

Special areas throughout the facility range from perennial borders, fruit fields, vegetable gardens, rock gardens, water features and many more. Trial gardens display collections of new and improved cultivars of ornamental plants. A laboratory on the grounds researches pest, disease and other garden problems.

Wisley garden holds National Collections of Crocus, Colchicum, Daboecia, Epimedium, Erica, Daphne, Galanthus, Hosta and Pulmonaria.

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RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley near Woking
England GU23 6QB

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We have visited this garden several times and hope to return to it many times in the future. It is a full range garden having just about everything a horticulturist could want to see. Beautiful ornamental gardens of all types including beds and borders, rock gardens, ponds and display beds. Practical gardens for vegetables and fruit. They also have small landscape display gardens to help the novice gain ideas. Included on the grounds is a full-service garden center. Wow!

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