Jim Arbury

Curatorial Specialist

I have had a lifelong interest in growing fruit and vegetables and have cultivated them since I was a child

After studying Botany and Geography at Sheffield University, I started working at Wisley in 1982 . For most of that time I have worked in the Fruit section, carrying out all aspects of fruit growing.

I enjoy instructing trainees, staff and visitors. I have written articles and sections of books including the tree fruit section of the RHS Vegetable and Fruit Growing.

I have also written a book on pears and one on plums which describe some of the more well-known cultivars. In the autumn I am involved in fruit identification at the four RHS Gardens and at events.

In my spare time I grow fruit and vegetables on an allotment with my wife Ewa - we never seem to have enough space to grow everything that we would like to. I have kept bees since 1992 which aid the pollination of the orchard. 

Jim's posts and conversations

  • Waking and working to an orchard chorus

    It’s pruning time, and we are progressing well with the pruning in the orchard, accompani

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  • Waiting for the apples

    So far this year has not been perfect for apple growing - the gardening team are keeping their

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  • It's still warm in the orchard

    There are pros and cons to the mild winter weather when working with fruit trees

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  • A sunny September saves the wine from a whine

    Mid autumn in the orchard means that apples and pears are still being picked but it's the g

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  • Apples aplenty, grapes a-growing, almonds ahoy

    We're picking the season's apples and grapes in the orchard - plus the squirrels

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  • Fickle frosts and pesky pigeons

    There's a mass cover-up going on in the orchard - the risk of a freeze and avian marauders

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  • April’s tales from the Orchard

    If you’re a fruit lover, this has to be the most beautiful thing about spring… the

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  • Pruning and preparing for the next generation

    After a sunny day spring seems around the corner, the cobnuts and filbert catkins are out and e

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  • Autumn in the orchard

    As the wind whips through the trees, it's time to make sure all your apples are safely harv

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  • It's all about apples and pears in the orchard at Wisley

    After an ideal spring and summer, it's now time to pick, eat and, importantly, identify you

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  • Summer fruitfulness

    Midsummer is upon us following a fairly early spring, and the mix of sunshine and showers has b

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