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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

Wisley Bonfire and spectacular autumn colour at Wisley this week

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 21 Oct 2009 at 10:39 AM

At the beginning of this week we had some glorious sunshine, and great crowds at our incredibly successful (and enjoyable) Taste of Autumn festival.  Next week we have a host of half term activities plus something fun for Hallowe'en to look forward to, and the final week for submitting entries to the RHS photographic competition.  Wisley could inspire you for this...

Our famous Nyssa sylvatica 'Wisley Bonfire' takes centre stage on Seven Acres.  Here, it is set off by the pink berries of a Sorbus, with butter-yellow leaves on a birch tree behind it, and the Liquidambar styraciflua just beginning to colour up on the left.  Over the next few weeks this tree will turn deep red and look stunning, and you might spot more of them around the garden, especially over in the Arboretum.


You can find autumn leaf colour on a smaller scale on the shrubs and trees in the woodland areas of the garden.  Look out for both trees in general, and leaves in close up, like this Hamamelis viginiana where the leaf margins are turning first.

On a grander scale again, this Liriodendron on the top of Weather Hill by the Alpine section is resplendent in its seasonal colours. 

Come along and be inspired. 



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