Enjoy Inspiring Art at RHS Garden Wisley

Thursday 18 September 2014

Season of art and creative exhibitions in RHS flagship garden, Saturday 4 October 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015



This autumn the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley offers visitors a great opportunity to see a wide range of inspiring art including photography, sculpture, painting and other media at the garden’s Season of Art. Art works are set against the magnificent garden backdrop, or displayed in the Glasshouse under cover, giving visitors something to view whatever the weather.

Exhibitions forming the Season of Art include:

Chrysanthemums Botanical Art in the RHS Lindley Library, Wisley
Saturday 4 – Friday 31 October 2014
A display of a selection of woodblock prints by artist Keikwa Hasegawa created during the chrysanthemum craze of the 1890s. Each work is digitally reproduced from the volume A Hundred Chrysanthemums (Kyoto, 1891).

International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Saturday 4 October 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015
A selection of striking, prizewinning images from the 7th year of this prestigious competition, together with the best images from the 2013 RHS Photographic Competition.

Art of Nature Exhibition
Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 October 2014 **
A celebration of works created by adults with learning and/or physical disabilities who live locally to the garden. This exhibition is a result of a partnership between the Education Team at RHS Garden Wisley and AboutUs from Surrey Choices Ltd. Members of the group participated in practical workshops creating art, inspired by the nature in the garden, which will be displayed at Wisley in the Glasshouse Gallery. The project included creating easy-read materials – including Wisley picture bingo games; sensory workshops on subjects including seed planting and potting up; training in vegetable growing, and gardening for people with dementia.

Anna Mason Painting Exhibition
Tuesday 14 October – Sunday 2 November 2014
Contemporary art in the Glasshouse, with fruit paintings that look good enough to eat. Anna is a UK-based botanical artist and former RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winner known for her vibrant watercolour paintings.

Royal Watercolour Society Exhibition
Wednesday 19 – Sunday 30 November 2014
A display of paintings by Royal Watercolour Society members celebrating gardens and gardening, in recognition of the Royal Watercolour Society’s 210th anniversary.

Henry Moore’s King and Queen at Wisley.
Due to popular demand from RHS members King and Queen, an original sculpture cast in bronze by Henry Moore in 1953, will remain this winter in the gardens overlooking the Canal in front of the Laboratory.

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Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Claire Gilby in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3126 or email pressoffice@rhs.org.uk

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RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley, 0845 260 9000

Opening times
The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
March – 19 October 2014 Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
20 October 2014 – 15 March 2015 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 £11.00 (£12.20 Including Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £ 4.75 (£5.25 Including Gift Aid)
Children under 5yrs Free
Family (2 + 2) £28.50 (£31.50 Including Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £10.00 per person

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 encouragement 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, our flagship garden, 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. 210 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 www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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About Surrey Choices Ltd
AboutUs, part of Surrey Choices Ltd, offer learning, communication and technology to adults with learning and physical disabilities in Surrey. Surrey Choices is all about helping people and their families to find the best support, care, activities and services for their needs.

The partnership between AboutUs and RHS Garden Wisley has provided a range of activities and workshops for learners from their centres across Surrey, enabling AboutUs, Surrey Choices staff and learners to learn new garden-related skills; and RHS garden staff to develop their skills with a new audience

To find out more visit: www.surreychoices.com

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About the RHS

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 www.rhs.org.uk

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