Thursday 27 March 2014
14,000 tulips to light up the garden this April and May
Over 350 varieties of tulips, which were planted in November 2013 to create the new Wisley Tulip Garden, will be bursting into bloom in early April and delighting visitors until the end of May. The new garden is part of RHS Garden Wisley’s ‘People’s Choice Award’ and will be a riot of colour as the 14,000 bulbs come into bloom.
Colin Crosibe, Curator, comments: “It’s a real treat to see historic and modern tulips side by side in this fashion. Tulips are a huge favourite with visitors to Wisley and we have created this garden so that everyone can see for themselves, the diversity of different tulips that can be grown in gardens in the UK – it will be a sight to inspire all who see it to start growing these gorgeous flowers at home.”
As well as modern varieties that are easy to buy, the new Garden also includes historic bulbs such as Tulipa ‘Duc van Tol Red and Yellow’, T. ‘Van der Neer’ and T. ‘Silver Standard’, some of which date back to the 16th Century. All of these were donated to the RHS by the Hortus Bulborum Foundation at Limmen, in the Netherlands. Visitors to the Wisley can vote for their favourite tulip. Normal garden entry applies. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
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For more media information contact: Samanthabevington@rhs.org.uk or call 01483 479798.
RHS Gardens are open every day, except for Christmas Day. Opening times and admission prices vary. RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest.
Image: Credit RHS. Tulipa 'Beauty of Apeldoorn'
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley, 0845 260 9000
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 Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262