RHS gardens reopen

The Royal Horticultural Society welcomed the public back to their four UK gardens on Monday 1 June, subject to pre-booking. The gardens at Wisley are currently open from 10am-4pm, with guests allocated to hourly entrance timeslots. Due to reduced staffing levels, the gardens close slightly earlier than previously, but the plant centre remains open until 5pm. See rhs.org.uk/gardens for more details and booking information. I visited today from 2pm and found it to be really carefully and safely organised – I was able to find plenty of space to enjoy a quiet couple of hours amongst plants and garden areas that have been kept immaculate in the meantime, as you would expect. Here’s a glimpse.

the jellicoe canal from the laboratory at rhs wisley gardensterracotta pots and entrance to the new wisteria walk rhs wisley gardenswinter by philip haas sculpture by laboratory of res wisley june 2020the jellicoe canal wisley gardens sunny day june reopeningthe new wisteria walk at rhs wisley gardenscornus in flowerwalk to the bowes lyon rose garden in summer at rhs wisleypink roses in bowes lyon rose garden wisley

It’s no surprise to find the Bowes Lyon rose garden looking spectacular in June. The bank of white roses below is Rosa Iceberg ‘Korbin’.

white rosa iceberg 'korbin' at RHS wisley gardens

I always enjoy the display of this one below (as well as its name!) – Rosa For Your Eyes Only ‘Cheweyesup’.

rosa for your eyes only cheweyesup wisley rose gardenRHS wisley gardens in midsummer reopened to the publicthe bowes lyon rose gardens at RHS wisley

The herb garden is one of my favourite spaces – the fragrances trigger the brain’s biochemistry to lower stress and to lift your mood.

bench in herb garden, RHS wisleysalvia and formal gardens at rhs wisleybattleston hill rhododendron in early summer light

Another favourite area is the Trials Field, and these swathes of tangerine-coloured Eschscholzia californica were really glowing in the sunlight.

trials field RHS wisley gardens tangerine-coloured californian poppies

And the peonies – oh my goodness! The colours, the variety, the floofiness… I’ll try and name the ones I remember: below left is Monsieur Jules Elie.

Monsieur Jules Elie again. He is so frou-frou.

Below left is Moon of Nippon; right is Paeonia lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’.

Below left is Paeonia lactiflora ‘Cora Stubbs’; right is Paeonia lactiflora ‘Hari-ai-nin’.

Cora Stubbs again.

Below middle: ‘Barrington Belle’ ; below right: ‘Myrtle Gentry’.

New dates are being released each Monday for visiting the RHS gardens – see rhs.org.uk/gardens for more.



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