RHS Garden Wisley Announces Spring Events Programme

Thursday 5 February 2015

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley offers an array of gardening-inspired activities for all ages this spring.

Put a spring in your step with bursts of colour and scent across the garden. Activities for garden lovers and family days out include plant and craft fairs, half-term educational workshops and early morning opening for photographers.
If you would like to attend or cover events please contact emmapike@rhs.org.uk. Here are a few highlights (for full details see rhs.org.uk/wisleywhatson):

Butterflies in the Glasshouse 17 Jan – 8 March

Banish the winter blues with a visit to our tropical display of exotic butterflies and plants from far off shores in the Glasshouse. Normal garden entry applies. Beat the queues and pre-book a time slot for weekends at rhs.org.uk/wisley

Lindt Daffodil Pot Decorating, 14 March 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm
Come and see the early spring flowers and decorate a daffodil pot to take away before Mothering Sunday. Normal garden entry applies.

Mothering Sunday, 15 March
Treat mum to a relaxing stroll among the early spring flowers. For a treat, enjoy a two-course lunch or a Wisley rhubarb afternoon tea in the Restaurant (£25.00 per person, available from 12noon–3.30pm). Normal garden entry applies.

Taste of Wisley Rhubarb Fest 2 February – 3 May
Wisley holds a National Plant Collection of the vegetable that thinks it’s a fruit. Come and celebrate our bumper crop of more than100 cultivars of rhubarb. In conjunction with produce from the Rhubarb Triangle in Yorkshire, enjoy the very best of the early forced and maincrop cultivars, which is the only non-ornamental National Plant Collection held by the RHS.

The Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring Show, 21 March 11am – 4pm
Featuring competitive classes and displays by members and affiliated societies. There will also be unusual species for sale, and advice for all. Normal garden entry applies.

Orchids in the Glasshouse 28 March – 26 April
This display is a celebration of all things bright and beautiful. It combines exotic colour and innovative planting displays to create an oasis for orchid lovers and enthusiasts. This year you’ll find a floral paradise in our Glasshouse, a jungle retreat where you can experience new and exciting plants. Normal garden entry applies.

Cyclamen Late Spring Show 28 March 10am – 4pm
Late-spring-flowering cyclamens will be exhibited and on offer along with companion bulbous plants and expert advice. Normal garden entry applies.

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt 28 March – 12 April
Hop through the garden on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppiest Easter ever! Bring your family along for a full day of Easter fun every day of the Easter holidays and make an Easter bunny bonnet inspired by Lindt on Easter Sunday. See birds of prey soaring above the garden as well (11 – 12 April). Activities every day; visit rhs.org.uk/wisleywhatson for what’s on when. Normal garden entry applies.

World of Alpines 29 March 10am – 4pm
Enjoy displays of alpine plants and bulbs as well as photographs and pictures of splendid alpines from around the world. Normal garden entry applies.

Spring Plant Fair, 27 – 29 March
A must for all plant lovers. Meet the growers and choose quality plants from specialist nurseries. Plants on sale include many with an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Some specialists will show rare or heritage plants that are not commonly found elsewhere. Normal garden entry applies.

Scent of Wisley in the Glasshouse, 4 – 26 April

Visit this spring and take away ideas of how to fill your house or greenhouse with scent and colour. This creative display will demonstrate what can be achieved at this time of the year featuring large swaths of heavily scented sweet williams, daffodils and other colourful flowering bulbs, among some of our collection of tender rhododendrons and camellias. You’ll also be surprised to see masses of sweet peas in full flower! Normal garden entry applies.

National Open Gardens Day, 17 April
The first time a national garden open day has been organised as part of National Gardening Week, including FREE entry to all four RHS Gardens and many partner gardens.

Spring Gardening and Wildlife Weekend, 18 – 19 April
National Gardening Weekend culminates with a weekend celebrating the year of gardening ahead. Find out more about how to grow different plants and encourage wildlife in your garden from RHS gardeners, with talks, expert advice and tips to take home. James Wong, RHS Ambassador, ethnobotanist and television presenter, will join us on Saturday 18 April. Normal garden entry applies.

Early Morning Photography, 25 April & 23 May 8am
Capture the garden as it comes alive in the early morning light with vivid spring colours in April or summer blooms in May. Book in advance on 020 3176 5830 (line open weekdays 9am – 5pm). Normal garden entry applies.

Spring Craft Fair, 30 April – 4 May
Meet some of the finest craftspeople in the UK and browse a range of contemporary and traditional crafts, which have been inspired by the beauty of the garden at this time of year. These include jewellery; wood craft; glass, pottery and ceramics; clothes; and art. Normal garden entry applies.

Taste of Wisley Herbs and Edible Flowers 4 May –28 June

Celebrate the best of British herbs and taste different cultivars. Our Taste of Wisley dishes will be uniquely flavoured with Wisley herbs and edible flowers. Enter our summer competition and the winner’s dish will be featured in the Food Hall. Normal garden entry applies.

Pelargoniums in the Glasshouse 9 May – 7 June
A vibrant display of Wisley’s Pelargonium (geranium) collection featuring many different types, such as Regals, scented-leaved and Zonals. This year’s display will incorporate a feel of the Mediterranean. Plants will be arranged to evoke the impression of warmer lands, using additional plants such as tender lavenders, cycads and agaves. Normal garden entry applies.

Super Power Flowers May Half Term, 23 – 31 May
Get planting and learn about how plants battle against the elements with their super powers. See the ‘Wonderland’ themed mini show gardens created by budding school gardeners and vote for your favourite. Marvel at birds of prey (30 – 31 May) and sow a sunflower to take home and grow on. Come back later in summer to compare your sunflowers with the People’s Choice Award sunflowers. Activities every day; visit rhs.org.uk/wisley for what’s on when.


Notes to editors

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

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

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

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. 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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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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