The Wisley Laboratory'Behind the Scenes' tours - selected dates

Have you ever wondered how Wisley is run - perhaps how our plants are nurtured, or about the research that takes place in our iconic Laboratory? Our summer 'Behind the scenes' tours are a chance to take a look at the day-to-day work of this world-class garden.
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Whether you're an art lover or art creator, get some 'greenspiration' at one of our exhibitions, or join a course or workshop to hone your own artistic skills. Our exhibitions are spread across the garden and Glasshouse Gallery, meaning there's something to enjoy whatever the weather.
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Seedhead of Baptisia australisPlant society events for all

Wisley hosts many Plant Society events, dedicated to particular plant groups. Meet experts for advice and inspiration, attend displays, talks and competitions and buy unusual seeds and plants. Forthcoming events include:
Seeds on Show, 10 - 11 October
Cyclamen Autumn Show, 11 October
An afternoon with Delphiniums, 14 November
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Apple 'Rival'Wisley Harvest Weekend
24–25 October

Celebrate the harvest at Wisley and visit exhibitors including The Chilli Group and Surrey Bees. See displays, join in with workshops and tastings. Plus come and meet the RHS Fruit team for apple tasting, pressing and identification. More about Harvest Weekend

Children playing with autumn leavesSpooky Woodlands
October Half Term
24 October–1 November

Discover the spooky woodlands at Wisley this Halloween with a fun-filled week of family activities and workshops. Learn about hedgehogs, plant some seeds, make a spooky woodland hat and build a den. There’s a free family activity every day!
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Acer 'Bloodgood' on Battleston HillFree day Friday
6 November

Enjoy free entrance to the garden and take a walk to see the autumn colour throughout the garden. Visit the Late Fruit and Vegetable Competition in the Glasshouse, including apple identification – bring your mystery apples!

Mary BerryChristmas Glow light switch-on
2 December, 5pm

Watch RHS Ambassador and author Mary Berry switch on the Wisley Christmas lights at 5pm, and then enjoy a late-night Christmas shopping evening until 8.30pm. There will be sparkling seasonal decorations, and unrivalled RHS gifts, plants and books for sale to make Christmas shopping a pleasure. The Wisley Christmas Shop will be open until 24 December.

Illuminated tulipsChristmas Glow at Wisley
3 December – 3 January

Enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season with the Jigantics light installations dotted around the garden in the shape of magical, giant illuminated flowers. Look out for the natural Christmas decorations around the garden, from holly wreaths to carpets of ivy. Visit at dusk as the garden opens until 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Christmas displays in the GlasshouseChristmas display in the Glasshouse
5 December – 4 January

At Christmas, the Glasshouse display is turned into something magical. Hundreds of plants are specially grown by the team including poinsettias for a large Christmas tree, Fittonia and Anthurium. The Tropical Zone is transformed by vibrant colours and pillars are adorned with Calanthe and miniature Phalaenopsis. Look for exciting pond displays, and don’t miss the ropes made of soft Tillandsia, hanging like tinsel.

Girl wearing a Santa hatDecorating gingerbread and storytelling with Santa
5 – 20 December (weekends) & 23 – 24 December

Each weekend of December, come and decorate festive gingerbread and listen to stories with Santa.
Suitable for 6+ years, accompanied by a responsible adult. Price for storytelling with Santa: £5 per child for RHS members and non-members. Book Storytelling with Santa

Fresh mince piesFestive lunches and
afternoon teas
1 – 24 December

The Restaurant’s tempting seasonal menu will ease you into the festivities. There is nothing like something warming and spiced after an invigorating walk to see the winter colour. Gift vouchers for an afternoon tea make wonderful presents, too. £14 per person for a two-course menu.
Book your table online  or call 01483 225329.

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