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Having never been to RHS Wisley before I wasn't sure what to expect, I was hoping it would be pretty amazing and inspiring - it was that and a whole lot more! After a full day there we'd only really seen half of it so we just had to go back the next day!! I know, you're probably thinking how on earth did it take you so long to get around it....well plain and simple for me, there was so much to see. I could easily write lots on the different areas we walked through but instead I'll just tell you my three favourite areas.
I have a really big interest in hot houses and tropical plants, I am by no means an authority on them but I just love being around these plants, for me it's almost escapism. (There is a hot house at college with wonderful and exciting plants and I often pop in and just wander around!). RHS Wisley say that their glasshouse is as big as 10 tennis courts, it does feel really big inside and is about 40ft tall too. There are three different climatic zones, tropical, moist and dry temperates with the most amazing plants - you could easily spend over an hour in there even if you weren't such a huge fan like me!
The curved borders outside the glasshouse
This by far has to be my favourite place of all at Wisley. It has a huge array of perennials all planted in huge swathes and the effect is just wonderful even before you get near to it you can see the Stipa gigantea swaying in the gentle breeze.
The Glasshouse Borders leading to Fruit Mount
These are just breathtaking. The borders must be 4 or 5 metres deep with thousands of plants many of them planted in their 20s or 30s or more to give that huge visual effect that is just stunning. From tall grasses, evergreen back drops to small delicate front of the border perennials it all works wonderfully. We walked up one side and at times just standing, looking and taking photographs, the amount of insects there were amazing too! When we reached the top we went back down the other side and it does definitely give the effect that Wisley wanted - that of walking through a meadow.
Needless to say when we went back the second day these three areas were visited again! I am planning to go back before the year is out to see how the garden changes in the seasons....I'll keep you updated!!
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Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.