Tuesday 23 October 2018
1 December 2018 – 2 January 2019
Christmas Glow returns to Wisley this winter, offering the chance to explore RHS Garden Wisley after dark and see some of its most iconic features in a whole new light. Following a twinkling trail around the garden, visitors will discover larger-than-life botanical illuminations, and, for the first time, will enjoy atmospheric music to accompany their walk at certain points.
Now in its fourth year, the popular event guides visitors around a new route for 2018, taking in locations including the Rock Garden, the Seven Acres lake and the Jellicoe Canal. Jigantics, designers of cultivated illumination, will this year bring a number of brand new blooms to Wisley, including arches of gladioli over the new Wisteria Walk and a bouquet of alliums on Seven Acres. Favourite installations such as the waterlilies on the Jellicoe Canal and interactive colour-changing flowers will return to complete the uniquely floral immersive experience.
The paved route will take in not only the floral lights, but also a number of Wisley’s most famous and spectacular trees, bathed in bright colours to showcase their beauty. The magnificent Glasshouse will also be illuminated, where a magical Woodland Realm awaits discovery, with elves, treehouses and Santa’s reindeer all to be found in a beautiful festive display. Look out for sparkling plant-filled baubles hanging from the trees and the towering ‘Christmas tree’ of vibrant poinsettia.
Due to popular demand a priority booking system has been introduced for 2018, and all visitors must book a time slot in advance of their visit. Christmas Glow will be open from 4–8pm (last entry at 7pm) every day between 1 December and 2 January except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Wisley Plant Centre and Gift Shop will be open throughout, with a fantastic range of decorations and gift ideas for all the family, and hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies, cranberry and gin brownies and Christmas cake are just a taste of the warming food and drink on offer.
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For further information, images or to attend, contact Caroline Jones on 020 7821 3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB. 01483 224234 www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
Christmas Glow opening hours from 1 December 2018 to 2 January 2019
The Christmas Glow event is open from 4pm–8pm, last entry to the garden at 7pm
The Glasshouse closes at 8pm, last entry at 7.45pm
Christmas Eve – no Christmas Glow event (garden open 10am–3.30pm)
Christmas Day – closed
2018 Admission prices for Christmas Glow at RHS Garden Wisley
For 2018, all visitors will be asked to pre-book a time slot for Christmas Glow at a cost of £1 per person. RHS members and a guest go free and just pay £1 per person for their time slot. For non-members, the cost of booking the time slot is included in the ticket price. Book online at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
Adult non-member (17 and over) ticket including time slot £11.00
Child non-member (5–16) ticket including time slot £7.00
Child non-member (under 5) free, time slot only £1.00
Member and guest free, time slot only £1.00
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
We are currently investing over £160 million into the future of horticulture, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk
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