Outing 2021   POSTPONED

This year's outing will be to RHS GARDEN WISLEY in Surrey on Thursday 1 July 2021

 

£12.00 per person (£14.00 non-members)

 

 

General Information:

  • The coach will leave at 9.00am from the Bear Car Park. We will leave RHS Garden Wisley at 3.30pm for our return journey to Burwash

  • If you would like to join this outing or find out more, please send an email to Richard Maude Roxby at maude555@btinternet.com or complete the booking slip at the bottom of the 2021 Society Newsletter

  • The price for the trip includes the coach and a tip for the driver. Entry to Wisley is free as the Society is an affiliated member of the RHS

  • The venue has a restaurant and several cafes but drinks/ meals are not organised nor included in the price. You may wish to bring your own picnic

 

Brief History of RHS Wisley

The RHS was given Wisley in 1903, although at that time only a small part of the 24ha (60 acres) estate was actually cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. The original garden was the creation of George Fergusson Wilson. He was a businessman, scientist, inventor, keen gardener and a former Treasurer of the Society.

In 1878 he purchased the site and established the 'Oakwood experimental garden', with the idea of making 'difficult plants grow successfully'. The garden acquired a reputation for its collections of lilies, gentians, Japanese irises, primulas and water plants. Oakwood (formerly known as the Wild Garden) is the direct descendant of that original garden and despite changes is still true to the original concept.

After Wilson's death in 1902, Oakwood and the adjoining Glebe Farm were bought by Sir Thomas Hanbury, a wealthy Quaker who had founded the celebrated garden of La Mortola, on the Italian Riviera. In 1903, Sir Thomas presented the Wisley estate in trust to the Society for its perpetual use.

Today it is a hub of horticultural excellence. Wisley is the flagship garden of the RHS and one of the UK's most visited and best-loved gardens. It is home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe and showcases inspirational gardening. Planting schemes are constantly evolving to ensure there's always something new to excite and inspire visitors.

Key highlights throughout the seasons include The Glasshouse, Rock Garden, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, The Mixed Borders and the newly-created Exotic Garden.