Friday 27 January 2017
• The four RHS Gardens have now welcomed a combined total of
2 million visitors in the past year*
• The two millionth visitor walked through the gates at RHS Garden Wisley at 10.33am on Friday 27 January 2017
• The lucky visitor was given Lifetime Membership of the RHS
Today, Friday 27 January, the RHS welcomed its two millionth RHS Gardens visitor in this financial year*. Jenny Paxman from Guildford visited RHS Garden Wisley at 10.33am this morning with her children James and Anna, and was greeted with a Lifetime Membership of the RHS to mark this auspicious moment.
RHS Director General Sue Biggs says: “We are thrilled to have welcomed two million visitors to the RHS Gardens over the past year. As we grow our garden visitor numbers, we hope to further inspire a passion for gardening among more people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds through our stunning horticultural displays.”
Two millionth RHS Garden visitor, Jenny Paxman, says: “I am completely overwhelmed and so grateful to be able to bring my children to RHS Gardens forever.”
In autumn 2015 the RHS launched its Vision, to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Through its gardens, the RHS aims to reach wider audiences and bring new experiences to people who may never have visited a beautiful garden or horticultural show before. A fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester will open in 2019.
* RHS Gardens count visitor numbers from 1 February until 31 January the following year.
For further information contact Caroline Craig at the RHS Press office on 020 7 821 3177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
0845 260 9000 www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
(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 www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS Garden Wisley is open every day except for Christmas Day
Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm (to 8pm throughout December 2016)
Saturday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays) from 9am – 6pm
(Closes 4:30pm 30 October 2016 – 12 March 2017). Last admission is one hour before closing time
2017 Admission prices – 10% off with all online ticket purchases (except groups)
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)
Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Family (2 plus 2) £36.00
Children 5 – 16yrs £7.00
Children under 5 years Free
Groups (10+ adults) £11.70 per person
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 help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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