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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

Updated - What can you do when wintry weather shuts Wisley?

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 07 Jan 2010 at 12:04 PM

The garden will be open today (Friday) from 12pm – 4pm. (Last entry into the garden at 3pm). Saturday and Sunday we will be aiming to open the garden from 10am - 4pm.  (Last entry into the garden at 3pm) These are obviously subject to weather conditions. Also please note that there is limited car parking facilities as we are still clearing this area.

Many of our garden staff live in Wisley village, and have walked in to work.  They've been busy taking care of the plants and structures by knocking off the snow - heavy snow can cause substantial damage to trees and shrubs and it is worthwhile doing in your own gardens. They're also busy removing snow from poly tunnels and glasshouses around the Garden for the same reason, and clearing paths. The Pinetum is out of bounds even to staff.  It is essential to think of your personal safety around snow-covered trees - you never know when a bough might break.

Other jobs still to be done in these conditions include looking after the wildlife.  We're keeping our bird feeders topped up and, where possible, providing drinking water, although with the freezing temperatures this is an ongoing task.

And what better time to plan your horticultural treats for the forthcoming season, be it ordering seeds (RHS Members seedlist) and plants, researching which gardens to visit (have you been to all 4 RHS gardens or our 140+ partner gardens?), RHS Shows and events to buy tickets for, or even a course to enrol on to improve your knowledge?  And if you're after inspirational images have a look at our RHS Prints.

Take care in this cold weather, and we hope to see you soon.



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