A Wisley winter wonderland

PUBLISHED: 10:49 14 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:30 20 February 2013

Cotoneaster berries (Rebecca Ross); a frosty vista of The Glasshouse; the Chinese pagoda (Leigh Hunt); and The Glasshouse shot from the front (Carol Sheppard)

Cotoneaster berries (Rebecca Ross); a frosty vista of The Glasshouse; the Chinese pagoda (Leigh Hunt); and The Glasshouse shot from the front (Carol Sheppard)

One of our readers' favourite places to visit at any time of year, RHS Garden Wisley is simply stunning in the winter, when the frost and snow bring an almost fairy tale quality to its spectacular landscape.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2011


One of our readers favourite places to visit at any time of year, RHS Garden Wisley is simply stunning in the winter, when the frost and snow bring an almost fairy tale quality to its spectacular landscape. Here, we showcase some of the beautiful views that can be enjoyed


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Did you know?
The flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and a state-of-the-art glasshouse. Also home to RHS trials and teams of scientists and botanists, here are 12 facts that you may not know about the place



  • Presented to the RHS in 1903 by Sir Thomas Hanbury as a new experimental garden, RHS Garden Wisley comprises 172 acres of garden set in 334 acres of land.

  • The plant collection at Wisley is one of the largest in the world, with close to 30,000 varieties.

  • The garden was the winner of the 2010 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.

  • The first building visitors see when they arrive is called the lab because its where the scientists are based.

  • Opened by the Queen in 2007, The Glasshouse covers an area equal to 10 tennis courts and rises 12metres (40ft) in height.

  • The Glasshouse supports more than 5,000 tender plants, making it the largest collection of cultivated glasshouse plants in the UK.

  • At the famous Wisley School of Horticulture, 24 students are currently being trained.

  • In 2011, 28 plant trials were carried out at Wisley, including asparagus, spring cabbage and delphinium.

  • 2011 was also the 100-year anniversary of the Rock Garden.

  • The new Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden was also opened in the same year featuring over 4,000 roses.

  • The scientists at Wisley discover five or six new plant diseases and pests every year.

  • The on-site library contains items dating back to the 16th century.

NEED TO KNOW:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB. Admission: RHS members: Free. Adults: 10.90. Children (six to 16): 3.90 (including Gift Aid). Children under six: free. For more details, call 0845 260 9000 or visit the RHS website at rhs.org.

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