Learning to design the wild at RHS Garden Wisley

Join us for a professional development day: 'Wildflowers and naturalistic planting; uses in horticulture' Tuesday 23 June

Annual wildflowersThe day will cover the increasingly popular use of wildflowers and naturalistic plantings in gardens and green spaces.

Wildflowers will be defined in a horticultural context, and both stylistic and practical issues addressed.

The keynote speaker is Matthew Wilson (renowned designer, writer, TV's 'Landscape Man' and former curator of RHS Garden Hyde Hall) with representatives from across the four RHS Gardens, Pictorial Meadows, Wildflower Turf UK and Bristol City Council.

It is an event for professionals working in private and public horticulture including head gardeners, garden designers, those in local authorities, parks and grounds maintenance. This event will count for 5 BASIS points.

9.15 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome: Colin Crosbie, Curator RHS Garden Wisley (Chaired by John David, RHS Head of Horticultural Taxonomy)
10.10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: ‘Designing the Wild’ by Matthew Wilson, Managing Director and Principal Designer at Clifton Nurseries
10.40 What is a Wildflower?’ by James Armitage, RHS Principal Scientist – Horticultural Taxonomy
11.00 Coffee
11.20 ‘Getting to Grips with Dynamic Communities’ by Sue France, Director at Pictorial Meadows
11.45 ‘Guaranteeing Wildflower Establishment – A Practical Insight’ by James Hewetson-Brown, Managing Director Wildflower Turf Ltd
12.10 ‘Floral meadows in the public eye – A local authority perspective’ Teija Ahjokoski, Bristol City Council Horticulture and Projects Supervisor
12.35 Lunch & networking
1.25 Tours (split into 3 groups) of Wisley wildflowers, led by garden staff
2.40 Coffee
3.00 Four RHS Gardens sharing session (Facilitated by Guy Barter, Chief Horticultural Advisor)
  • RHS Rosemoor Helen Round (15min + 5min Q&A)
  • RHS Hyde Hall Robert Brett (15min + 5min Q&A)
  • RHS Harlow Carr Alison Goding (15min + 5min Q&A)
  • RHS Wisley Sabatino Urzo (15min + 5min Q&A)
4.30 Close


Booking information

For further information please see the event page on the RHS website.

Venue: RHS Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Places: 75
Call: 020 3176 5830 quoting booking reference 12260 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Book by: 19/06/2015

Additional info

If you require a VAT receipt please mention this at time of booking. It is helpful if you can also specify the names of attendees when booking.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.