Step inside the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley to discover a reimagined, abandoned Victorian house reclaimed by its plants – enjoy our spectacular Glasshouse display from 25 January until 1 March 2020.

In a clever twist on the use of houseplants, you can see a parlour palm reclining by the fireplace, playing chess with cacti and succulents, bromeliads lazing in the bedroom, carnivorous climbers munching their way through the kitchen and a giant staghorn fern taking a bath!

Venture beyond the house and explore the wider Glasshouse to find innovative ways of displaying houseplants – succulent picture frames, air plant sculptures and a hanging terrarium avenue – as well as some amazing giant flowers.

The exhibition is aimed at inspiring everyone to think about quirky ways to grow houseplants and garden indoors. Ambitious and surprising, the display allows visitors to wander round a house of six rooms, each showing different kinds of houseplants, which have made themselves far too much at home.

Garden Manager Emma Allen said: “We really didn’t have a choice – the houseplants chose us. We tried to resist, but in the end they won, and we will have to make the best of it. We will keep them well fed and watered and can only hope they will leave our visitors in peace.”

Talks

Amazing aroids

Monday 10 February at 2pm in The Glasshouse (30 minutes)
A brief introduction into the world of Araceae plants and how to succeed in growing them at home. We'll also delve into some of the rarities and delights of this group of plants.

Carnivorous plants

Wednesday 19 February at 11am in The Glasshouse
Find out more about these fascinating carnivorous plants.

Orchid adaptations: understand your plant and make it happy

Thursday 27 February at 11am in The Glasshouse (45 minutes)
Find out why understanding different orchid adaptations of growing naturally can greatly improve the success in cultivation for everyone.


Workshops

Kokedama with houseplants

Friday 6 February, 10.30am–12noon and 2pm–3.30pm – £45
Do you have problematic houseplants, issues with pests and diseases or just not sure, what plant will suit the shadiest areas of your house? Why not visit our Houseplant Clinic, where our team of experts will be on hand to assist you with all your queries.

To book: you can book onto to this workshop either at the Customer Services desk in the Plant Centre or by phone on 01483 211 113 and selecting option 4.

Fabulous ferns

Thursday 13 February, 10.30am–12noon and 2pm–3.30pm – Free
Ferns are one of the most popular houseplant varieties. Join our houseplant experts for a short talk on how to grow and use ferns within your living space and demonstrate interesting ways of displaying these timeless fronds.

Houseplant clinic

Saturday 15 February between 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm – Free
Saturday 29 February between 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm – Free

Do you have problematic houseplants, issues with pests and diseases or just not sure, what plant will suit the shadiest areas of your house? Why not visit our Houseplant Clinic, where our team of experts will be on hand to assist you with all your queries.

Propagating with houseplants

Thursday 20 February, 10.30am–12noon and 2pm–3.30pm – Free
Growing new houseplants from cuttings is a rewarding and easy thing to achieve. During this class, we will cover the basics of plant propagation, looking at stem and leaf cuttings as well as air and soil layering. We will also look into the best tools to use and how to take successful cuttings –you will even get to take a few cuttings home.

Create your own indoor desert

Friday 28 February, 10.30am–12noon – £55
Do you have concerns about plants watering your houseplants? Do you travel a lot and want to fill your house with plants that thrive with little care? This class is devoted to plants that thrive in dry conditions and you'll learn how to create your own desert landscape. You'll learn which soil environment is best for desert-dwelling plants, how and when to repot your cacti and succulents, and most importantly the best way to water them.

To book: you can book onto to this workshop either at the Customer Services desk in the Plant Centre or by phone on 01483 211 113 and selecting option 4.


Plan your visit

Dates: 25 January – 1 March 2020, daily

Times: 10am–4.30pm Monday – Friday; 9.30am–4.30pm Saturday – Sunday; last entry to the event at 3.45pm

Prices: Included with normal garden admission (free to RHS members) – time slot tickets do not include garden admission.

Timed tickets: Pre-bookable time slots are available for weekends, half term and inset days only. Time slots are available every 10 minutes and are free to reserve. Pre-booking is not compulsory but recommended.

We recommend you arrive at the Garden entrance at least 20 minutes before your allocated time slot, to allow time to walk to the Glasshouse. Please ensure you arrive at the Glasshouse 5 minutes before your allocated start time.

Book your time slot

Queuing: During peak times there may be a queue to see the event.
Please note: the area outside the Glasshouse is not covered.
 
Pushchairs: Pushchairs cannot be taken into the Glasshouse during The Giant Houseplant Takeover (25 January–1 March) for health and safety reasons. A buggy park will be available.
 
Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are allowed into the Glasshouse during the event.

Frequently asked questions

Autism-friendly viewings

Join us for a quieter experience of The Giant Houseplant Takeover, with reduced capacity viewings before the Garden opens to the public.

Thursday 6 February and Friday 14 February
9am–10am

Normal garden admission applies and a member of the team will meet visitors at the main entrance from 8.45am. These viewings must be booked in advance.

Book an autism-friendly viewing

Any queries? Go to wisleyevents@rhs.org.uk  or phone 01483 226508 for more information about autism-friendly viewings.


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