Children making a seed jarJoin us at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey for a week-long science extravaganza showcasing the research of the RHS, along with hands-on activities, workshops and talks.

From experiments on scent and how it affects our feelings, to finding out why plants are cool and how bees can help us understand technology, this is a brilliant chance to get closer to science and nature.

What’s on for 2020

All activities are free and included in normal garden admission.
No need to book unless marked with *.



Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 March, Glasshouse Gallery 10am – 3.30pm
Learn about all things bee. See how honey is extracted, dress up in beekeeping ‘space suits’, and watch what’s happening in Wisley’s own beehives. Discover how bees can help teach the latest in device programming, and how beehives have evolved from Victorian times to the modern day.

Spectacular plant trail

Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 March, around the garden
Follow our trail around the garden to discover some of Wisley’s amazing plants.

Plant health exhibition

Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 March, Garden Library
Find out about the principles of plant health and how you can help stop Xylella (a bacterial plant pathogen that spreads via insects) coming to the UK.

Fizz Pop – Children’s science workshops

Saturday 7, Sunday 8, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, Clore Learning Centre
Get hands-on with fun and fascinating experiments for kids:
‘Water we going to do’ – Look at water and how slight changes in its acidity can change the environment.
‘Plant Power’ – Discover what plants are made from and what they need to thrive.

Botany for beginners

Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 March, Garden Room 11am–2pm
Enter the botanists’ realm and explore the fascinating world of plant science with interactive activities. Discover how plants can live forever, how and why plants are named, and the wide range of familiar things that we make from plants.

Lab tours*

Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 March
Join a behind the scenes tour of the Laboratory and learn even more about the research we do. Please book in advance.

Science workshops – What makes plants cool?

Wednesday 11 March, Clore Learning Centre Grow Lab 10.15–11.15am, 11.30am–12.30pm and 2–3pm
Learn all about plants and water – how to water plants smartly, reduce water waste and maximise plant growth. Try out an IR camera and other equipment to see how plants cool themselves – plants really are cool!

Plant health workshops – Our diverse planet

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March, Garden Room 11am–2pm
Take a closer look at life in the garden. Find out about plant eaters, predators and parasitoids, and how they interact in the garden food web. Look at invertebrates under microscopes, and learn how they transmit plant diseases.

Online Q&A sessions

Join us on social media throughout Science Week to find out more about the RHS  and take part in Q&A sessions on Twitter and Instagram.

Plan your visit

Dates: 7 – 15 March 2020

Price: Included with normal garden admission. Free to RHS members.
Buy garden tickets online and save 10%.

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