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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

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Christmas sparkle at Wisley

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 15 Dec 2009 at 01:19 PM

We had an exciting time at Wisley last week when, for the first time, we saw the spectacular sight of our iconic buildings and historic trees lit up in a range of colourful ways. 


Lumiere, by Creatmosphere, is lighting up Wisley from late afternoon and into the evening until the beginning of January, and is well worth the trip.  The images we saw beforehand of what is should look like were close to the real thing, only it's turned out even better than anticipated!! For more details about Lumiere and our extended opening hours, click here.

Elsewhere, the festive displays continue with berries, bark and winter flowering shrubs. Strangely, we've even spotted Muscari and Narcissus in flower at the top of the Rock Bank, so it pays to keep your eyes peeled around here.

In the Glasshouse, the Christmas displays again look wonderful.  Poinsettias and cyclamen are presented in spectacular fashion - inspiring. Beautiful home grown chrysanthemums have a smell that simply evokes Christmas to me - maybe because these blooms, that are increasingly difficult to find on sale, have the smell of Christmas past, to me anyway.  But there are plently of planty smells to enjoy around the Garden, including the winter flowering honeysuckles, some daphnes, and the first of the witch hazels. There's more to find as each day passes. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with events and information about the RHS you can register with us here.  See you soon, I hope.



hitcliff said:

It's a dream come true of a place! Nice decorations and beautiful flowers! Everyone of us can plant, but not everyone of us can make that seed grow or make it bloom. It has effects on the gardener psychologically. It manages stress and helps to unwind with reality. But Gardening also requires quality time, effort and knowledge as well (which luckily can be gained by learning; I downloaded great books in mp3 by SE, visited cources and communicated with professionals, still can't say I know everything!) Gardening is doing it with passion.

on 26 Mar 2010 at 09:16 AM