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Jim Gardiner

Jim Gardiner Director of Horticulture RHS Garden Wisley

Jim Gardiner is the recently appointed Director of Horticulture for the Royal Horticultural Society and has previously been Curator and Chief Curator based at Wisley for over twenty years. Before that he was Curator at the Hillier Gardens and Arboretum. His primary interest is in woody plants, in particular Magnolias on which he has written two books, “Magnolias, their Care and Cultivation” and “Magnolias, A Gardener’s Guide”.

  • Date Joined: 12 Jul 2007

Find fine flavour and colour in early autumn at Wisley

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 15 Sep 2009 at 01:28 PM

Colourful flowers and tempting vegetables, plus an orchard full of fruit and the promise of autumn leaf colour to come - Wisley is looking wonderful this month.  The Glasshouse is brimming with begonias amongst an outstanding display of temperate and tropical plants. Our brand new Visitor Guide and map, 'An Edible Autumn' is now available, and highlights some of the plants around the garden at this time of year that smell good, taste great or have delicious sounding names.


The Late Summer Borders, between the Mixed Borders and Weather Hill have been redesigned this year.  They are as colourful as ever, with a mix that includes asters, dahlias, verbena and schizostylis.


The Maze Maize is just drawing to a close this week after a phenomenally successful summer.  All the sweetcorn we've grown there will be harvested and sold in the Plant Centre and used in the cafes and restaurants.  We sell all sorts of produce from the garden in the Plant Centre, including a wide range of our apples and pears.  We'll have an ever changing range throughout the autumn as different cultivars come into season.


Have you been 'growing your own' this year?  Take a look around our Model Vegetable Garden.  September is a month full of bountiful harvests, and there is more to come...  Again, it makes me look forward with great anticipation to our Taste of Autumn Festival here at Wisley 16-19th October. And, of course, the plans for next year...  And talking of next year, don't forget this is the perfect time to buy and plant spring bulbs that have recently arrived in the Plant Centre, for which we are holding a special Bulb Bonanza event on 23 September .  The garden teams here will be doing just that with some exciting displays planned for spring.  I can't wait to see them. 



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