Behind the scenes of the Laboratory

Every second & last Wednesday of the month
Our 'Behind the scenes' tours are a chance to take a look at the day-to-day work of the Herbarium, Science Library, Botany and Entomology teams.

Rose illustrations

Sharing the Wisley Library Treasures: first Tuesday of the month

From 2 - 4pm, the Wisley Garden Library brings out special books from its collections for display. Drop in and chat to our librarians about the objects and why they are important to the RHS.
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Trials Field, Wisley

People's Choice: Have your say 

Visit the Trials Field this summer to have your say in our People's Choice awards. There are three trials to vote for: Cosmos, zonal Pelargonium and new bedding cultivars. On the Hilltop Borders you can also vote for your favourite pelargoniums in containers.

Coleus leaves

Coleus display: 31 August – 27 September

Enjoy Glasshouse displays of Solenostemon (Coleus), grown for their toothed, often colourful leaves; often as decorative house plants.
Normal garden admission


Career opportunitiesHorticultural Careers Day: 1 October
10am – 4pm

A fact-finding day for those interested in horticulture, garden design and plant science or thinking about changing careers. Join in with hands-on workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of the RHS Wisley Garden. Find out more about a variety of  horticultural careers and take advantage of this networking opportunity.

Great Horned OwlBirds of Prey days: 1-2 October

A great day out to discover all about birds of prey. See these magnificent birds up close. Agility displays at 11am and 2pm.

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Stihl Timbersports displaysAutumn Woodfest
8 - 9 October

This special weekend, sponsored by Stihl, celebrates the natural beauty of wood with displays of traditional skills, guided walks, artisan products and exciting lumberjack displays. 
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Selina Lake: Botanical Style: 11 October

Talk & book signing: 12.30pm–1.30pm
Transform your home into a leafy haven with interiors stylist Selina Lake. Learn how to create textures, tones & ambience as she gives her top tips and inspiring suggestions. Location - Wisley Plant Centre
Ticket prices: Adults £8, concessions £7
Book a ticket to the talk or call Guildford Book Festival Box Office: 01483 444334

Jim Buttress: The People's Gardener: 14 October

Talk & book signing: 3.30pm–4.30pm
Trained at RHS Garden Wisley, top gardener, TV personality and RHS judge, Jim Butress talks about his marvellous life’s journey from the Royal Parks and RHS to Britain in Bloom. Location - Wisley Plant Centre
Ticket prices: Adults £8, concessions £7
Book a ticket to the talk or call Guildford Book Festival Box Office: 01483 444334

Johnny Walkers: All about Bulbs - 15 October

Talk & Q&A: 11am & 2pm
Expert Johnny Walkers will be talking about how to achieve a spring garden full of colour & fragrance by planting bulbs in the autumn, along with a Q&A session. Location - Wisley Plant Centre

Visitor tasting ciderTaste of Autumn
19 - 23 October

The orchard is laden with fruit and the garden is awash with colour – it’s time for Taste of Autumn, back by popular demand. Prepare to be tempted by quality food and drink stalls, pick up advice, be wowed by displays and exhibitions, and much more at this must-see autumn event!
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Children's cookery workshops: 19–23 October


During Taste of Autumn, we will be running a series of cookery classes for kids where they will learn about how to create good food and make yummy recipes using fresh, local produce. Workshops are suitable for children aged 5 and over. All children under 8 must be supervised by an adult.

See full details and book ticket

Child carving a pumpkin

October half term: Animals of the Night
22 – 30 October 

We've teamed up with the Wildlife Trust to create a ‘batty’ neighbourhood that encourages bats all year round.  Join us for fun family activities to learn all about bats; plant flowers to encourage bats; and get busy carving pumpkins! 

More about October half term

Book a pumpkin carving session

Mary Berry: Family Sunday Lunches - 29 October

Book signing: from 11am
Mary Berry, CBE, will be signing copies of her latest book Family Sunday Lunches - an all-year-round cookbook that brings together classic Sunday lunch recipes along with her own family favourites. Location - Wisley Plant Centre

Chris Baines: RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening - 30 October

Talk & book signing: 11.30am
Author Chris Baines will be talking about the newly updated RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening book, which is packed full of practical gardening advice and celebrates the rich variety of wild plants & animals that can bring a garden to life. Location - Wisley Plant Centre

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