History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Wisley was established by a Victorian businessman named George Wilson. Wilson was an RHS member, at Wisley he established a 60 acre experimental garden where he tried to find new ways to grow difficult varieties of plants.
After Wilson's death the garden was purchased by Sir Thomas Hanbury, who gave the garden site outright to the RHS. From the original 60 acres Wisley has grown to encompass some 240 acres of formal and informal gardens. There are numerous glasshouses for growing delicate plants, an arboretum, and several small show gardens aimed at illustrating to visitors what is possible in their own gardens.
There is also an active laboratory for experimenting with cultivation methods and varieties, and there is a Trials field for experimental planting.
There are almost too many garden areas to take in, but we'll mention a few of the more popular areas at Wisley. There is a rock garden and alpine meadow, taking advantage of a sloping hillside. There is a wild garden, a canal with water lilies, traditional mixed borders and rose borders, a vegetable garden, Alpine houses, glasshouses for temperate, tropical, and desert plants, a learning centre and laboratory, a pinetum, and the National Collection of heathers.
About Wisley Garden
Address: Wisley, Woking, Surrey, England, GU23 6QB
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 1 mile north east of Ripley, on the A3
Website: Wisley Garden
OS: TQ066 583
Photo Credit: Colin Smith, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Painshill Park - 2.5 miles (Garden)
Hatchlands Park - 4.1 miles (Historic House)
The Homewood - 4.4 miles (Historic Building)
West Clandon, St Peter and St Paul Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Clandon Park - 4.7 miles (Historic House)
Claremont Landscape Garden - 4.9 miles (Garden)
Polesden Lacey - 5.8 miles (Historic House)
Esher, St George's Church - 6 miles (Historic Church)
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