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Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

By Alternativeeden @markngaz
A couple of weeks ago we visited RHS Wisley, partly to see the Butterfly exhibit, but also to get an exotic plant fix.
Wisley is set in some 240 acres of Surrey countryside, just to the south of London. Whilst the grounds are attractively landscaped  our main reason to visit was the large glasshouse. The main glasshouse is still quite a new addition to the garden, opened by the Queen in 2007, and contains three main climatic zones.
Garden Visit: RHS Wisley
As you enter the first area is lush temperate planting, many of the plants here are hardy enough to try outside, or can be used as accent plants, overwintered in a greenhouse. Although its always enjoyable to see plants we grow at home in a permanently warm environment.
Garden Visit: RHS Wisley
Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Begonia peltata

From the lush area the atmosphere changes as the lush planting gives way to arid conditions, with a series of arid beds. Cacti, euphorbias, aloes, cycads and agaves are the main planting, and with the warm dry conditions are thriving.

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Magnificent Macrozamias


Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Aloe enjoying the winter sunshine.


Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Aloe striata subsp. karasbergensis


Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

A mass of Aloe flowers.


Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

A long standing favorite of ours - Encephalartos horridus


The final large section is where the butterflies were kept, a warm humid section, the plants here are much more tropical, and on a cold January morning were a great plant fix.

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Variegated Cyperus


Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Now this is an idea that we may just borrow!


Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

We have been to Wisley a number of times, yet despite being members of the RHS, have yet to visit in the summer. Hopefully we will correct that omission this year.
Gaz
RHS Wisley

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