RHS Garden Wisley Autumn Events Programme

Tuesday 12 May 2015

September 2015 – November 2015

This autumn the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley hosts a range of events, talks and activities.

Highlights this autumn include the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show with RHS Ambassador Mary Berry opening the show. Here are just a few – for full listings details see rhs.org.uk/wisleywhatson


8 – 13 Sept: Wisley Flower Show
RHS Ambassador & celebrity chef Mary Berry opens this spectacular six-day floral extravaganza. Browse, buy and seek advice from more than 60 nurseries and garden trade stands. A great day out for all, it includes inspiring displays, expert advice, outstanding shopping and the opportunity to explore the gardens at their colourful late-summer peak. It will include the National Dahlia Society Annual Show and The People’s Dahlia Competition.

23 Sept: 10am – 4pm Dahlia Study Day
Talks, demonstrations and displays linked to the RHS Plant Trial of Dahlia. Featuring flower and photographic displays, plant sales, educational displays and the chance to ask the experts your questions.

26 Sept: 8am Photography Morning
See the garden in a different light and take advantage of the early morning opening to capture some memorable sights and sounds.

26 – 27 Sept: Bird of Prey Displays
A great weekend for discovering all about birds of prey. See these magnificent birds up close, with agility displays at 11am and 2pm on the Seven Acres Lawn.

29 Sept – 4 Oct: The Art of Nature exhibition
See art inspired by nature in the Glasshouse Gallery. Created by adults with learning and/or physical disabilities, this is a partnership event with Surrey Choices ‘About Us’ learning service and the Education Team at RHS Garden Wisley.


3-4 Oct: Autumn Woodfest (activities, dates and times may vary)
Traditional crafts, artisan demonstrations and family activities inspired by the natural beauty of wood. This weekend focuses on different ways to explore wood, and while you visit take a walk in the Arboretum, Pinetum or the winding woodland paths of the Wild Garden.

10 – 11 Oct: Seeds on Show
Sale of seed and seed displays by the RHS Seed Team, Alpine Garden Society, Cyclamen Society and Plant Heritage.

11 Oct: 10am – 4pm The Cyclamen Society Autumn Show
Meet the experts and see the exhibits of autumn-flowering cyclamen and companion bulbous plants.

17 Oct: Mushrooms Course
This one-day course offers a closer look at mushroom growing, as part of ornamental and edible gardening, with mushroom identification and a walk around the garden.

24 – 25 Oct: Harvest Festival
Visitors can celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season on a big autumn day out, with tasty produce from food stalls and Wisley apple tastings. There are also talks, demonstrations and fruit identification.

24 Oct – 1 Nov: ‘Spooky Woodlands’ October Half Term (activities, dates and times may vary)
Families can discover the spooky woodlands at RHS Garden Wisley this Halloween with a fun-filled week of family activities and workshops.

25 Oct – 24 Dec: The Wisley Christmas Shop
Find decoration for every seasonal style be it chic, vintage or glittery. From foliage and wreaths to cyclamen and poinsettias, and of course a Christmas tree – your Christmas look starts at Wisley. Gifts for all the family and some treats for you too!

31 Oct – 15 Nov: Ruhleben Exhibition at RHS Garden Wisley Library
Curated by the RHS Lindley Library, this exhibition tells the story of the horticultural society established at Ruhleben detention camp in Germany during the First World War. With the support of the RHS, a group of British prisoners grew food for their fellow internees and boosted morale by organising flower shows.


6 Nov: FREE Day Friday – Open Day
An opportunity to visit the four RHS Gardens for free and enjoy them as they bed down for winter.

25 – 30 Nov: Christmas Craft and Design Fair
Browse and buy from more than 150 of the finest craftspeople in the country for original and unusual Christmas gifts. Please note the Craft Fair is held outside the garden.


Notes to editors

For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Hannah Dolby in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or emmapike@rhs.org.uk

Photographs are available to download at www.rhs.photoshelter.com. Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact pressoffice@rhs.org.uk to gain access.

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

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event.
Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/wisleywhatson
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens (entitlements may vary according to membership type) and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

Admission prices

Adults £12.00 (£13.20 Including Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £ 6.00 (£6.60 Including Gift Aid)
Children under 5yrs Free
Family (2 + 2) £29.75 (£32.75 Including Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £10.80 per person
Green travel by bus or bicycle £9.90 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, 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. 211 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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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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