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April

King and Queen by Henry Moore

King and Queen by Henry MooreCast in 1952-53, 'King and Queen' by Henry Moore, is now on display outside the Laboratory overlooking the Canal. The sculpture will be in the garden until the end of September 2014.

Taste of Wisley - New spring menus throughout March

Chard, leeks and spring cabbages will be ready for harvesting. Come and taste how we are making the most of freshly-picked Wisley produce! More about food and drink at Wisley

Barking Mad Trail

Acer bark For something different, why not try out our Barking Mad Trail? Seek out trees from all around the world, and see how beautiful, and different, their barks can be - from flaky to polished and shiny! Download the Barking Mad Trail (3.9MB pdf)

Orchid display - 5 April – 4 May

Moth orchidsSee our annual orchid display by the Wisley Glasshouse team, from the popular Phalaenopsis (or moth orchid) to lesser-known species from the Wisley orchid collection. Glasshouse times: 10am to 5.15pm, last entry 5pm.

Taste of Wisley Rhubarb Festival - Until 31 May

Rhubarb foolWe’re celebrating the vegetable that thinks it’s a fruit with displays, new sweet and savoury dishes, and homemade rhubarb jam. Book brunch in the Restaurant during the two-month festival and receive delicious recipes to take home.

Adults £17.50, children £9.50 (plus normal garden admission). To reserve, call 01483 225329 or book your table here

Eating Alfresco – Garden Grill open from 18 April

Skewers on the barbecueGrab one of the sunny new tables beside the Food Hall, or head to our Garden Grill, where the cooking is alfresco style. We’ll be serving juicy burgers, lamb, chicken and vegetable dishes hot from the grill every weekend from 18 April and daily from 25 July (weather permitting).

Early Morning Photography - 26 April, 8am

Woman taking photoCapture the vivid colours of spring as the garden opens early for photographers. Book in advance on 0845 612 1253. Normal garden admission applies (RHS members free).

RHS Late Daffodil and Tulip Competitions - 29 - 30 April

Tulipa RococoThe competitions will fill The Glasshouse Gallery with vibrant blooms.
Tue 12 – 5pm, Wed 10am – 5pm

Contemporary Craft and Design Fair - 30 April - 5 May

Pots by Stuart JenkinsThis Craft in Focus fair - one of the largest contemporary craft and design fairs around - brings over 160 of Britain’s finest designers and craftspeople to Wisley over the early May bank holiday. View event details

May

Contemporary Craft and Design Fair - 30 April - 5 May

Pots by Stuart JenkinsThis Craft in Focus fair - one of the largest contemporary craft and design fairs around - brings over 160 of Britain’s finest designers and craftspeople to Wisley over the early May bank holiday. View event details

Orchid display - 5 April – 4 May

Moth orchidsSee our annual orchid display by the Wisley Glasshouse team, from the popular Phalaenopsis (or moth orchid) to lesser-known species from the Wisley orchid collection. Glasshouse times: 10am to 5.15pm, last entry 5pm.

Rhubarb festival lunches - 10 and 11 May

Duck with rhubarbRestaurant guests can enjoy our very special rhubarb-themed three-course menu before Wisley gardeners conduct a tasty tour of the rhubarb collection. You can book two sittings on either date: arrive for lunch at 11.30am followed by a tour at 1.30pm; or arrive for lunch at 1.45pm followed by a tour at 3.45pm.

Tickets £28.50. To reserve a place, call 01483 225329 or book your place here 

Wellers at Wisley garden auction - 18 May

Wellers Auctioneers will have a fine array of period and modern garden statues, furniture and architectural features. Viewings from 8-18 May; auction 18 May (10am). More about Wellers Auctioneers & Valuers

Tree Huggers Trail - from 23 May

Children hugging a treeFollow the new Tree Huggers Trail around the garden and create your own tree spotting guide - just follow the directions to find each tree. When you find it, draw the shape of the leaf, see if you can describe the tree and write down how old and tall the tree gets.

When you’ve finished, put your trees in the right place in the ‘tall o’meter’ and the ‘old o’meter’. Then collect your Tree Huggers sticker from the Plant Centre information desk or garden entrance!

Taste of Wisley Rhubarb Festival - Until 31 May

Rhubarb foolWe’re celebrating the vegetable that thinks it’s a fruit with displays, new sweet and savoury dishes, and homemade rhubarb jam. Book brunch in the Restaurant during the two-month festival and receive delicious recipes to take home.

Adults £17.50, children £9.50 (plus normal garden admission). To reserve, call 01483 225329 or book your table here 

May half-term activities - 24 May - 1 June

Children sowing seedsJoin us for half-term fun! Vote for your favourite garden in our Budding Gardeners Competition, see amazing bird of prey displays, sow your own herbs and more! View event details

June

Survival skills: Father's Day Weekend at Wisley
14 - 15 June

Family in the garden Join forces as a family and let our garden tribes help develop your skills in den building, miniature raft making, tracking and camouflage! View event details

Arts Fest - 28 - 29 June

String Theatre performanceJoin us as we host this new event celebrating a diverse range of talents.

There will be a carnival atmosphere with live music, theatre performances, literary talks and book signings, craft demonstrations, art workshops, marionettes and much more! View event details

 

July

RHS Members’ evening and plant auction - 17 July

Visitors in the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden Wisley in the evening is a wonderfully romantic setting, so take the opportunity to enjoy a long summer evening, drinking in the delicious scents of the evening air. While you’re here, why not pop into our plant auction to bid for some top quality plants? Tickets are free but must be pre-booked at least 3 days in advance. Call 0845 612 1253 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm).

 

Plant of the month

Plant of the Month

This month, look for the hat-shaped, dainty yellow flowers of Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ AGM in the Rock Bank wood, as well as on Battleston Hill.

View our slideshow of seasonal highlights

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Plant Society events

Cyclamen hederifolium

RHS Garden Wisley hosts a wide range of specialist events focusing on particular plant groups. See the calendar of Plant Society events planned for 2014.

 

Courses at Wisley

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Wisley runs a number of workshops and short courses over the year  on subjects from pruning to painting.

Shopping & eating

Take your pick from our caf├ęs and restaurants and enjoy a browse in the Gift Shop and Plant Centre.

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Wild About Gardens

Wild About Gardens

Want to know more about how you can make your garden a great place for wildlife.  Wild About Gardens has a wealth of information.