It’s here. We have a bright and cheerful snowman welcoming everyone into the Garden for the next few weeks. As a seasonal citrus twist on our annual Apple Mosaic that features during Wisley's ‘A Taste of Autumn’ festival, the Fruit Department have designed and built a Citrus Mosaic for Christmas. Located in front of the Laboratory Building, he is made of white and pink grapefruits, oranges and limes to marvellous effect.
Our 38 Nordmann Fir Christmas trees are now all in place, charmingly decorated and adding a touch of natural festive flair to the garden. Subtly adorned with citrus decorations, berries and pinecones, they add a lovely touch to our garden this Christmas.
Outside there is a major change underway on Weather Hill. We have started to carry out some major hedge renovation to open up the vista over the new Bowes Lyon Rose Garden on Weather Hill and the view over to the Glasshouse (when walking down the path). We’re doing this work now for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this is the ideal time of year for the work, with minimal impact on wildlife. Secondly, we’re taking the long-term approach; the rose garden will be constructed over the next couple of years, so by renovating the hedge now it means that by the time the new garden is ready the hedge should be looking wonderful.
The hornbeam hedge is currently 2.1m high. We’re cutting it to 1.4m and will allow it to re-grow before maintaining it at 1.5m. Meanwhile, the hedge on the other side of the path will continue to offer shelter and protection. You can find more information on hedge renovation here