Summer Events at RHS Garden Wisley June – September 2016

Friday 26 February 2016

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) offers an array of gardening-inspired activities for all ages this summer at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Activities for garden lovers and family days out include plant fairs, art in the garden, half-term educational workshops and early morning opening for photographers. There will be horticultural highlights come rain or shine, outstanding mixed borders, fragrant rose gardens and sensational panoramas that create a feast for the senses.

If you would like to attend or cover events please contact . Here are a few highlights (for full details see


May Half Term and Budding Gardeners 28 May – 5 June
As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, local schools will build their own mini show garden, to be judged by the garden’s curator. The gardens will be on show until 5 June and there will also be the chance for the public to vote for their favourite. During May half term, bring the family for scouting-themed activities with an interactive orienteering trail around the garden. Normal garden admission applies.

Late evening opening – every Thursday in June (2, 9, 16, 23 & 29 June)
Make the most of our late-evening opening. Enjoy an evening stroll and experience the tranquillity of Wisley after hours. Last entry 8pm. Normal garden admission applies.

Berry Fest, June – July
Wisley is particularly famous for its strawberries, and grows more than 20 different cultivars, but did you know it also holds the National Plant Collections of gooseberries and redcurrants? With such a wide variety of fruits to choose from, the Taste of Wisley kitchen is filled with the fragrance of the finest summer fruits.

Birds of Prey 4 – 5 June & 6 – 7 August
Meet wonderful birds of prey up close and learn all about them during this weekend. Watch the birds in agility displays at 11am and 2pm each day.
Normal garden admission applies.

Mammillaria Society Show 5 June 10am – 4pm
Talks about Mammillaria (pincushion cacti) to suit experts and novices, plus informal chats, plant displays and sales, and photographic displays. Normal garden admission applies.

Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party 6 – 12 June
The garden is dressed for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, a week of horticultural displays with a royal theme. Normal garden admission applies.

Peony Society Show 11 – 12 June, 10am – 4pm
Featuring competitions, talks, plants and photographic displays. Tours of peony plantings in the garden. Plant sales and experts on hand for advice.
Normal garden admission applies.

Fuchsia Display in the Glasshouse 18 June – 28 August
Normal garden admission applies.

Plant Society Show 18 – 19 June
Staged in partnership with a wide range of Plant Societies, this weekend will deliver spectacular displays, specialist plants for sale, the opportunity to meet and ask advice from the Plant Society experts, and the chance to attend free master classes in plant care and pruning. Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Normal garden admission applies.

Father’s Day 19 June
Treat Dad to a two-course lunch. Alternatively, enjoy our high tea for all the family with Dad in the Restaurant. Each Dad will receive a gift to take home.
Lunch or afternoon tea £25 per person. For all Restaurant reservations call 01483 225329 or book online on
Normal garden admission applies. All prices exclude garden entrance fee, booking essential.

National Insect Week 23 – 26 June
Immerse yourself in the hidden world of insects. As part of National Insect Week (20 – 26 June), visit RHS Garden Wisley to discover details of insects hidden to the naked eye. RHS entomologists will be on hand to help you find out more and answer your questions. Watch the action of garden insect predators magnified, explore the delicate features of familiar insects such as honeybees under microscopes, and find out how to study the insect life in your own garden.
Normal garden admission applies, 11am – 3pm, 23 – 24 June and 10.30am – 4pm on 25 – 26 June in the Glasshouse Gallery. Suitable for all ages.


Flavoursome Fridays every Friday from 1 July – 2 September inclusive
Each Friday try a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables and pick up some tips on cultivation from the RHS team. Normal garden admission applies.

Wisley Late 7 July, open until 9pm
Make the most of our late-evening opening. Enjoy an evening stroll and experience the tranquillity of Wisley after hours. Last entry 8pm. Normal garden admission applies.

Summer Nights Open-air Cinema Screenings 15 – 16 July
Outdoor film screenings of The Martian (12A) and Dirty Dancing (12A) for a relaxing summer evening in the garden. Ticket price for RHS members and non-members, £13 per person for each screening, early-bird price £11pp (up to six weeks in advance). Under 5s go free.
To book visit  or call QUAD Box Office 01332 290606.

Arts Fest 16 – 17 July
Be prepared for live music, theatre performances and craft demonstrations, and a programme of poetry. Watch the performances or take part in an interactive workshop in the beautiful surroundings of the garden in full summer colour. Normal garden admission applies.

Photography Morning 23 July & 24 September, 7.30am
Capture the beauty of summer mornings as the garden opens early for photographers. Normal garden admission applies and tickets can be booked in advance.

Rocket Science 23 July – 31 August
The RHS teamed up with the UK Space Agency to send 2kg of rocket seeds to the International Space Station for the Rocket Science project. These seeds have returned to Earth and been distributed to 10,000 schools across the country, so that children can carry out their own experiments to discover the effects of space travel on food production. Launching this summer will be a free activity every weekday including gardening, music, and arts and crafts linked to the mission. Look out for rocket-filled dishes at Taste of Wisley cafés and the Food Hall, or pick up star and rocket cookies for your picnic. Bring your family along for a full day of fun every day of the holidays.
Activities every day, some bookable in advance, visit   for what’s on when.
Normal garden admission applies.

All About Penstemons 28 July 11am – 3pm
Visit the Trials Field and find out how the plants are assessed, hear speakers talk about using penstemons in garden design, attend a workshop on propagating penstemons, buy plants and speak to the experts. Normal garden admission applies.

British Pteridological Society 125-year celebration 30 – 31 July, 10am – 4pm
This anniversary celebration features displays of specialist and garden ferns; advice on planting, care and use of ferns; and tours of fern plantings in the gardens. Normal garden admission applies.


Herb Fest at Taste of Wisley, August – September
Taste of Wisley dishes are celebrating the best of British herbs this summer. More than just parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Surrey Sculpture Society Trail 20 August – 25 September
Contemporary or traditional, find your favourite from around 60 inspirational sculptures by some of the South East’s finest, established and emerging artists. All sculptures are available to buy. Normal garden admission applies.

Bat Walk, RHS Garden Wisley 25 August
Discover the secret world of bats at sunset, in a walk organised by the Surrey Bat Group.
Price for RHS members and non-members: Adults £9 and £5 per child. Book on 020 3176 5830.

Coleus Display in the Glasshouse, 31 August – 27 September
Normal garden admission applies.


Wisley Flower Show 6 September – 11 September
Enjoy the delights of this spectacular, yet informal late-summer RHS Flower Show. Browse, buy and get advice from more than 50 specialist nurseries. There will also be a range of garden furniture, accessories, art and more. Surrey NAFAS returns with its colourful displays: this year’s theme is 'The Floral Ballroom'. Don’t miss the National Dahlia Society Annual Show for spectacular dahlia displays and bring your own blooms to enter The People’s Dahlia Competition at the weekend (10 – 11 Sep).
Normal garden admission applies.

Dahlia Study Day 23 September, 10am – 4pm
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. Normal garden admission applies.

The Fritillaria Group Autumn Show 27 September, 11am – 4pm
The Annual General Meeting and autumn meeting of The Fritillaria Group of the Alpine Garden Society. Bulbs for sale during the day, plus displays, advice and talks. Normal garden admission applies.

For more details and images, please contact Emma Pike, 01483 479798 or

Photographs are available to download at Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact  to gain access. 


Notes to editors

About RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
0845 260 9000
(Calls to RHS ‘08’ numbers cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider`s access charge.

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements vary according to membership type).

Adults £13.00 (£14.50 Including Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £ 6.50 (£7.25 Including Gift Aid)
Children under 5yrs Free
Family (2 + 2) £33.25 (£36.75 Including Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £11.70 per person
Green travel by bus or bicycle £9.75 per person
Group visits must be booked in advance.
New admission prices, effective as of 11 January 2016

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

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. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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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

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