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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

Smiling sunflowers: colour on the Trials Field in September.

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 23 Sep 2009 at 02:47 PM

Flowers continue to take centre stage in September at Wisley. If you've not been down recently, this is the perfect time to stroll around the Trials Field to enjoy a myriad of colour.


If you're in need of cheering up, I promise the sunflowers will help your smile spread across your face.  It's a bit like crop circles on a smaller scale!  The birds will soon be enjoying the seeds they bear too. 

Celosias, cortaderias, chrysanthemums, begonias, delphiniums and alstroemerias are all in flower, with virtually every colour represented.  I think the overall effect is spectacular, and if you inspect the flowers up close they are beautiful.  For some of the trials and displays you have a chance to give us your opinion as to which ones you like best.


Our new intake of eager trainees started on their new departments this week.  Dave Green is among them, working in the Trials Department, and deadheading the display of dahlias.  We would like to welcome him and his fellow new recruits to the RHS and wish them all the best of luck on their course.


Our annual climbers trial is blooming well with ipomoeas, thunbergias and some more unusual plants are among them.  Please do come and have a look. 



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