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Wisley Garden

Listed under Gardens in London, United Kingdom.

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This garden provides a wonderful contemporary reference for garden design and plantsmanship.

This wonderful 240 acre garden at Wisley is the largest of four botanical gardens in England owned by the members of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Everything here is immaculate and up-to-date with labels to identify plants and trees. The latest garden equipment, techniques and plant hybrids are trialled and results are published monthly in the Society's lavishly produced colour magazine.

Originally established as the Oakwood Experimental Garden from 1878, the garden was bought and presented to the RHS in 1902. The garden has never stood still and is continually being renewed and developed to designs and plantings by acknowledged leaders in garden design. A members' library, laboratory, glasshouses, trial gardens, woodland, an enormous rockery, herbaceous borders, rose gardens, fruit cages and just about every other aspect of horticulture are covered.

The garden will delight and inspire in any season of the year. It is full of ideas and information. There is always part of the garden at its best.

The shop offers as large a collection of books on gardening as anywhere in the world. The plant centre not only sells a wide selection of plants but is also staffed to provide professional advice on the full gamut of gardening issues.

Written by  Tony Sissons.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

Does it cost anything to get in to the garden or the greenhouse?

is is possible to hire a buggy to go round Wisley?

I am slightly disabled and cannot walk long distances

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No, there are wheel chairs and a mobility vehicle, which is free of charge and runs from 10am to 4pm (10am to 3pm in winter) each day. It starts from the edge of the conifer lawn and runs continuously around the garden, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete a circuit. There is a pause in service at lunchtime.

I hope that one day I can have the chance to be in such beauty , thank you for the work you have done . please keep doing good for nature .

what is the correct nomenclature of english cooking mint

Which is the correct botanical name for the mint we make mint sauce or mint jelly from? Research seems to repeatedly go back to spearmint which I am sure is not correct as spearmint tastes horrid in cooking. So it is mentha ?? It is a puzzle. Thank you

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