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My word, there's a lot going on at Wisley!

Posted by Sara Draycott on 23 Nov 2010 at 04:45 PM

November is a quiet yet wonderful month at Wisley. Frosty, sunny weather makes the grasses, berries and seed heads sparkle. And the trees start to take on their statuesque silhoutted form of winter. There is still a fair amount of autumn colour about though, and a number of flowers, including camellias (see our Plant of the Month) and mahonias, plus the occasional kniphofia.  Look up our Garden highlights for more inspiration.




You have just a few more days to see our splendid chrysanthemum display in the Glasshouse before we start assembling our Christmas displays. And if you walk by the Golden Jubilee Rose Garden the bright pinky-red fruits on the crab apple Malus 'Adirondack' (above) will certainly catch your eye. We grow crab apples all over the Garden, and they are looking wonderful now. As the weather gets colder they start to get more attention from the birds too.  We have a collection in the Jubilee Arboretum, and from this Friday, we have new Arboretum walks for you to enjoy. 


November is a great month for planning.  We've launched this year's Seed list this month, one of the perks of being an RHS member, so you can plan which plants to grow next year that have come from one of our four RHS Gardens. 


We're also busy making improvements here too.  We're updating our irrigation system around the garden (700m of it!!), and up in the Alpine area we've a great new development - our first Crevice Garden.  We've installed all the rocks this month, and we'll plant it up in the spring. 



Our prestigious project, the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, is now at a really exciting stage, with the turf installed, and the first delivery of 1500 out of a total of nearly 4000 David Austin roses due in this week.  We've put canes in the ground to represent each new rose in the garden, and with the main diagonal path open, you can get a great view and a real feel for how it's all developing.  This is a genuine case of watch this space!! 
We've got so much going on at the moment.  Check out our What's on at Wisley page to find out more about our big tree giveaway this weekend, kids eat free, and the events in the Garden.  Or why not simply take a late autumn stroll to enjoy the quiet beauty of late November at Wisley?



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