Behind the scenes of the Laboratory: March–July

Every second & last Wednesday of the month
Have you ever wondered what happens inside our iconic Laboratory, or about the research that takes place? Our 'Behind the scenes' tours are a chance to take a look at the day-to-day work of the Herbarium, the Science Library, Botany and Entomology at this world-class garden.

Paphiopedilum 'Lilian Greenwood'

Orchid portraits in the Wisley Garden Library: 19 March–2 May

Enjoy framed facsimiles from the Lindley Library's art collection. 
More about the orchid portraits exhibition

Close-up of orchids

Orchids in the Glasshouse: 2 April–2 May

Be wowed by a colourful array of orchids from our collection, displayed in the Tropical Zone of the Glasshouse.
More about the Glasshouse

Ceramics by Jane Cox

Spring Craft Fair: 28 April–2 May

Buy direct from more than 170 of the best artists and craft makers in the UK. 
More about Spring Craft & Design Fair at Wisley

Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada'

Rhododendron Camellia & Magnolia Group Centenary Event: 7–8 May

A celebration of 100 years of the group will feature stunning displays, competition classes, features on new cultivars and advice on using these plants in various garden situations. Join tours of Wisley’s magnolias and the rhododendron collection at Battleston Hill. 10am - 4pm, Seven Acres
More about the Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group

Pelargonium Pink ChampagnePelargoniums in the Glasshouse
9 May - 5 June

Enjoy a vibrant display of Wisley's Pelargonium collection, featuring many different groups. 
Normal garden admission 

Design for A Suffolk Retreat gardenRHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 display: 10 - 30 May

Visit the Glasshouse Gallery to see Show Garden designs for this month's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 
Normal garden admission 

Boy building a denMay half term: 28 May–5 June 

Enjoy our outdoor adventured-themed activities this May half. Take our trail around the garden, build a den in the play area, go bird watching in the Bird Hide and enjoy our art & craft activities.
More about May half term

Girl planting a raised bedBudding Gardeners, sponsored by Guildford Rotary: 28 May - 5 June

As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, see mini show gardens built by local schools. 
Normal garden admission 


Iris Goring SunriseBritish Iris Society summer show
29 May

Browse displays of plants and images, and ask the experts your questions.
11am (following judging) - 4.30pm, Hillside Events Centre
More about Plant Society events at Wisley

National insect week: 23–26 June (Glasshouse gallery)

As part of National insect week (20–26 June), discover details of insects hidden to the naked eye with our RHS entomologists. See garden insect predators magnified, explore delicate insect features under the microscope, and find out how to study insect life in your own garden.

  • 23–24 June: 11am–3pm & 25–26 June: 10.30am–4pm

Summer Nights open-air cinema screenings: 15–16 July

Enjoy outdoor film screenings of The Martian (12A) and Dirty Dancing (12A) for a relaxing summer evening in the garden.

  • Tickets: RHS members & non-members £13 per person for each screening. Early-bird £11 per person (up to six weeks in advance). Under 5 years go free.
  • Book your open-air cinema screenings online or call QUAD box office on 01332 290606.
Visitors looking at dahlias

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show: 6–11 September

Join us for this quality show against the spectacular backdrop of the late summer garden. 
More about the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Wisley courses and workshops 2016

We have introduced exciting new courses in every RHS Garden. We hope you will find a course to match your needs and capture your interest.

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