An Explosion of Colour at RHS Garden Wisley

Friday 22 February 2013

Orchids in the Glasshouse (16 March – 14 April)

Orchids in the Glasshouse (16 March – 14 April) is a celebration of all things bright and beautiful. It combines exotic colour, tropical heat and innovative planting displays to create a perfect oasis for orchid lovers and enthusiasts. This annual event is set in the inspiring Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley.

“Upon entering The Glasshouse you will find yourself face-to-face with a huge, volcano of burgundy-leaved Ludisia orchids and fiery-flowered Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis. You can make your way through an avenue of striking yellow-flowered Oncidium which leads to a fantasy island created using Coelogyne, Zygopetalum and other choice orchids,” says Peter Jones, RHS Horticulturist. “As you explore the other zones of the glasshouse look out for the delicate Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis clouds and colourful Vanda.”

Popular Phalaenopsis orchids are ideal plants for the home grower and can be seen displayed to their full potential in a new ‘Living Room’ installation in the Glasshouse Gallery, where these beautiful blooms will be displayed in a real-life situation; a real home from home. Prints from the RHS Lindley Library Orchid Collection* will also be on display and available to buy.

Each year the team behind ‘Orchids in the Glasshouse’ creates a stunning orchid display that shows just how amazing and versatile these plants can be.



Notes to editors

For more information, please contact: Samantha Bevington on 01483 479798 or  

High-resolution images are available to download for free from

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU 23 6QB
0845 260 9000

*The RHS Lindley Library has a collection of more than 7,000 drawings depicting award-winning orchid cultivars. It began in 1897, when Nellie Roberts, the RHS’s first orchid artist was commissioned, with the aim that every orchid awarded a prize at RHS shows should have its portrait painted. This is the most comprehensive collection of portraits of orchid hybrids in existence and regularly consulted by the RHS Orchid Committee. Deborah Lambkin is currently the official orchid artist to the RHS Orchid Committee, a position she has been in since 2005.

The RHS is the International Registration Authority for Orchid Hybrids and the RHS Orchid Database includes scanned reference images of portraits up to 1999.
Opening times
The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
March – October Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
November – February Mon – Fri: 10am – 4.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 4.30pm
The garden opens at 9am on Bank Holidays. Last admission is one hour before closing.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).
Adults £10.75
Children (5 – 16yrs) £4.60
Children under 5yrs Free
Family (2 + 2) £27.60
Groups of more than 10 people £9.75
Group visits must be booked in advance

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the en¬couragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 200 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit  

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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