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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 enchanted Wild Garden this Easter

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 31 Mar 2010 at 09:37 PM

At the physical and historic heart of Wisley, the Wild Garden is bursting into life at this time of year.  With the winter plants still hanging on (see the witch hazel in my last blog) the seasons seem to be colliding, and the effect is truly enchanting!  



Billy and his colleagues have been weeding out invasive wild garlic - an important, slightly aromatic, job - and he was very keen to show me the large, plump, furry buds of some of the more mature and imposing magnolias in this part of the garden.  If we are frost-free then these glorious plants will be blooming magnificently in the next week or two. 


Other highlights now are the beautiful parterres of the Walled Garden East, full of spring bedding, and the wildlife getting into the seasonal spirit.


I hope the weather gets warmer over the holidays.  Remember that the garden is open every day, but the Plant Centre and Gift Shop are closed on Easter Sunday due to the trading laws.  We have the spring guide/visitor map for all visitors to point out parts of Wisley you might not realise were there, and we have plenty of family activities to keep youngsters occupied. Click here for more info on Easter at Wisley. And from Thursday 1st April the Orchard Cafe reopens as "The Honest Sausage at the Orchard".  Happy Easter.




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