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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Rare chance to see new plants at Wisley

Posted by Graham Rice on 16 Sep 2008 at 09:26 PM

There’s one place you can go this week to see masses of new plants. Just a short walk from the RHS garden at Wisley, in nearby Wisley village, is Deers Farm, a trials area which is not normally open to the public – but on Thursday and Friday this week it is.


And on show there you’ll find some fascinating trials which include plenty of new varieties which will be coming into garden centres and mail order catalogues soon. There’s a hydrangea trial - I was there today and they look amazing, a real spectacle. There are abelias, invaluable summer and autumn flowering shrubs with an intriguing number of variegated varieties. Most of the honeysuckles, to be honest, are past their best but the phlox are starting to rebloom. And the berberis, coloured leaved forms of Berberis thunbergii, are looking good with their golf, bronze and variegated leaves.

There are annuals on show too, some Clematis viticella, even pumpkins and rhubarb. But those hydrangeas… they really are impressive.

And everything is labelled so can make a note of your favourites, check the RHS PlantFinder and see what’s available now. If your favourites are too new to be in the RHS PlantFinder, you may have to check next year’s edition.

You can check how to get to Deer’s Farm at the entrance to Wisley garden… Or, coming from the A3, drive past the Wisley garden entrance and about half a mile farther on look for the signs on the right. The trials are open from 11am-3pm.

For more information contact the Trials Office at RHS Garden Wisley on 01483 212440 or by e-mail.

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