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Introducing Wisley's new Bonsai Walk

Posted by Sara Draycott on 01 May 2012 at 10:22 AM

Our garden is continually evolving. There is always something new to look forward to, whether it is a brand new planting, exciting redevelopment, or simply the way the plants change with the seasons.

On Thursday 3 May 2012 we will be officially opening our latest addition.  May we present the Herons Bonsai Walk. 


Over the last few months the plants from the Monocot Borders have been carefully lifted and relocated to other parts of Wisley, including the champion tree Yucca trucleana which is now in the corner of Seven Acres, near the Garden Library. 

Since then the two parallel beds between the Vegetable Garden and Alpine area have been transformed with an avenue of beautiful, hardy bonsai trees courtesy of Herons Bonsai.  Up on pedestals, you can admire the intricacies of the incredible trees at close quarters.  They are truly magnificent specimens.


Yesterday, in the sun, Lucie Ponsford put the finishing touches to the area, and installed new wooden benches.  These are already being enjoyed by the visitors! 

To find out more about bonsai and Herons Bonsai click here



pv123 said:

All - The Bonsai walk is spectacular - be sure not to miss it.

Sarah - can you tell me what the two bright red-leafed maples are? I visited early May, so that would be the new foliage. Thanks

on 21 May 2012 at 12:00 PM

Sara Draycott said:

Hi. The really bright red ones are Acer palmatum 'Deshojo'. The orangey-red ones in the photos are Acer buergerianum, which are now green but with a reddish margin and red young foliage. Sara

on 11 Jun 2012 at 03:45 PM

Sara Draycott said:

This week's blog is by Lucie Ponsford, an enthusiastic and bubbly gardener who has loads of inspiring

on 19 Sep 2012 at 05:14 PM