A pleasure for the senses
A visit to RHS Wisley is a delightful experience all year round, as the beautifully kept gardens have something different on display all through the seasons.
We arrived on a bright autumn morning with a slight chill in the air, but the day ahead was looking promising.
It had been about 20 years since I’d last visited RHS Wisley and it brought back some lovely memories.
I came here with my grandad who was a very keen horticulturist and often exhibited his delphiniums that he had nurtured at home through blood, sweat and tears.
A visit to RHS WisleyNurtured over the years
Armed with our map, we went off to discover the alluring wonders of the garden and the beautiful fragrances that followed.
RHS Wisley has grown and grown over the years and the gardens now currently cover 97 hectares (240 acres).
You won’t be alone if you don’t manage to cover it all in a day.
You can enjoy one of RHS Wisley’s 3 self-guided ‘plants trails’ or like us just wander amongst foliage and enjoy where your senses lead you to.
RHS Wisley's LaboratoryWhere the magic happens
Exploring RHS WisleyGo with the flow
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The planting here is so lovingly thought out, just take a seat and enjoy your surroundings.
I loved the delicate water features within the walled garden and the serene pond bordered by evergreen planting of conifers, ferns and grasses.
Discovering the gardens at RHS WisleyOakwood
We then stroll further through the gardens into Oakwood. This one of the older parts of Wisley Gardens and was established within an existing wood in 1878.
These woodlands were so peaceful, and you would not believe that the M25 (London’s orbital) was only one a mile away.
Following the path back towards the rear of RHS Wisley, we pass by the base of the rock garden and by the side of the charming pond. Thoughtfully planted out for with low borders so the full extent of the water lilies could be seen. I should think some little pondlife critters have made their home here too.
The Glasshouse at RHS WisleyDiscover a tropical paradise
Depending on the time of year will obviously determine the plants that you see; however, I love the cactus and succulent displays, and you can see these all year round.
Each section is a real pleasure to experience, and the moistness created in the air of the cloud forest with its gushing waterfall feels so natural.
The Alpine garden at RHS Wisleyto the Rock Garden
I really didn’t expect to see crocus, cyclamen and colchicum flowering in autumn.
The rock garden has been created with tranquil Japanese ambience and is such a pleasure to stroll around.
The many sides to RHS WisleyAlpine Houses
The Vegetable Patch RHS WisleyThe fruits of their labour
Just nearby here is the Bonsai Walk and also the Vegetable Garden.
The Bonsai walk has a wonderful display of this delicate species that can be seen throughout the changing of the seasons. Some of these little Oriental trees are up to 80 years old.
A good time to visit RHS WisleyHarvest Time
Charming and relaxed atmosphere
Looking around RHS WisleyThe Hilltop Border
The wander around RHS WisleyA touch of exotic
More gardens at RHS WisleyThe Cottage Garden
The facilities at RHS WisleyGood to share
As mentioned, there really is plenty to see and enjoy for a full day at RHS Garden Wisley. There are eateries dotted all around the gardens and also picnic areas nestled amongst the grounds.
Then when you have finished for the day stroll through the Wisley garden shop, where you can purchase that longed for plant and pick the brains of the experts on hand to give advice.
Useful things to know about RHS WisleyUpdated for 2021
- There is a sizeable onsite car park, which is free of charge. However, car-free visitors are able to obtain a discount on your ticket price.
- Guildford to RHS Wisley is around 30 minutes by bus
- Wear comfy shoes
- Adults - £16.5 incl Gift Aid
- Children 5-16 years - £8.20 incl Gift Aid
- Family 2+2 (2 adults + 2 children) - £42 incl Gift Aid
- Additional child £7
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