There’s so much to see at RHS Garden at Wisley, check out their website first to see the season’s highlights.
Discover ideas for your own garden, visit the greenhouses with tropical plants, orchids and cacti or enjoy the herbaceous borders and heather landscape.
Explore the Woodland Garden, the Equinox Borders, the Model Gardens and the Orchard.
The recently opened Hilltop is surrounded by the Wellbeing Garden, the Wildlife Garden and the World Food Garden.
RHS members visit for free.
In 1878, Glebe Farm was bought by George Fergusson Wilson, a London businesssman and grower of fruit and orchids. Influenced by William Robinson, Wilson began an experimental garden on part of the land. Gertrude Jekyll helped with the digging and wrote: ‘I have had the happiness of visiting Mr G F Wilson’s garden at Wisley, a garden which I take to be about the most instructive it is possible to see’.
Wilson died in 1902, and the following year Sir Thomas Hanbury bought the 24 hectare estate and gave it to the Royal Horticultural Society for use as an experimental garden and to promote scientific horticulture. In 1904, the RHS moved from Chiswick to Wisley. Since then they have expanded the gardens.
Built on the site of Glebe Farm is the Laboratory. It was designed as a lecture theatre in the Arts and Crafts style by Messrs Pine-Coffin, Imrie and Angell of London in 1914-16.
On 24th June, 2021, Hilltop, the ‘Home of Gardening Science’ was opened. Replacing the Laboratory, it contains: ‘three purpose built laboratories that support research; a herbarium and digitisation suite; two learning studios and a teaching garden; three new gardens designed by RHS Chelsea medal winners’. Hilltop also contains a cafe selling produce grown in the garden.