England’s Finest Gardens & Chelsea Flower Show 2010
May 25th – June 2nd, 2010

 

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Most of the group arrived today and we met this evening for our Welcome to London Dinner. I took the time to rest up and get things organized for them.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Wisley ‘Britain’s best loved garden’

We had a beautiful relaxed day here as we wandered around these gardens.

The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and of course, the state-of-the-art new Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, only a small part of the original estate was cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. Over time, the face of Wisley has changed, so it is now world-class garden in its own right, but a closer look reveals the real value of Wisley. In the trial fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions. Elsewhere in the garden, cultivation techniques, such as composting or pleaching, are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances.

I have been to Wisley many times and each and every time I am seeing things I had not before. This time I visited the orchards and vines area…it was pleasing to see the grape buds popping out..what a haul of grapes they will have this year! The apple trees were covered in flowers and while taking closer looks I found many pollinating insects hovering around me too. The Chinese Mahogany Toona sinensis ‘Flamingo’ was glorious. It was high on the hill and you could see it’s magnificent colour from quite a distance. I always make time to visit the rhodos and azaleas. At this time of year they are in splendid form.


 

 

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row