Cara Smith

Team Leader, Wisley Curatorial

I have a particular interest in South African flora and visited South Africa twice to study succulent plants in their natural habitat.

I originally trained in horticulture with the National Trust before moving to the RHS six years ago. I began my career at Wisley working outside with hardy ornamental plants before moving to the glasshouse to specialise in xerophytic (arid tolerant) plants. I have a particular interest in South African flora and visited South Africa in 2010 and 2013 to study succulent plants in their natural habitat.
 

Cara's posts and conversations

  • We need the rain – or do we?

    Exploring the prickly delights of growing outdoor cacti and succulents, some of which are much

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  • Why have a rock garden?

    Nooks and niches, cracks and crannies galore – plenty of pockets for plants

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  • Alpines out of Africa

    Turquoise flowers and tiny hedgehogs that smell of jasmine…? All part of the joy of Sout

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