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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's happy hippos

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 26 Jan 2010 at 11:57 AM

'Hippo and Baby' by Stuart McCarthy was one of the most popular sculptures in the garden last September when we hosted the Surrey Scultpure Trail. 


Back then they were on the grassy area of Seven Acres.  Stuart's hippos were requested for purchase by a so many of our visitors that he ran out of them, such was demand.  And, due to their popularity, they are now back at Wisley.

You can find them wallowing in the lily pond in the Tropical Zone, where the butterflies are, flitting about or sitting still on flowers and fruit.  More about them next week.

Elsewhere, the snowdrops are emerging and the air is full of scent from glorious winter-flowering plants.  January is one of Wisley's best kept secrets, in my opinion, and is perfect for exploring, either on your own or for a perfect romantic excursion.  And if you're in the mood for romance you might like to know that we are holding a Valentine's Dinner event. 

The specific events are detailed below, with our general events page at the bottom. 

Snowdrop Walk

Plant Centre Snowdrop Event

Valentine's Dinner Event

Wisley Events Page



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