Visiting RHS Wisley, the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, is always a delight. No matter what month. So when an opportunity arose that would enable me to revisit my favourite garden I jumped at it. My last visit was on a cold December morning in 2013 so it was a real pleasure to return on a hot summers day in August when not one, not two, but three events were running simultaneously. Celebrating 150 years since the novel Alice in Wonderland was published the garden was buzzing with excited children hunting down Alice and the Queen of Hearts, or maybe it was the mums because I doubt that many of the small children I saw even knew who Alice was. The second event was a sculpture trail to which I paid scant attention and then there was the fuchsia event. I suspect that was in the Glasshouse, but I never even got that far as I was more interested in looking at and photographing all the wonderful plant-life in the garden.
Not so much a walk, rather a sedentary stroll through some of the 60 acre site on a very warm, late summer’s day.
Full of colour and texture, the famous Mixed Borders are a 128m-long horticultural wonder.
In summer these borders are at their absolute peak. Colour, shape, form all designed to stun and wow the visitor. The cool and pastel-inspired perennials contrast with the hotter sections intermingled with tall grasses, salvias and dahlias. It can take a while to simply peruse this part of the garden.
True blue and beautiful, agapanthus feature across the garden.
The Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden and Mixed Borders.
There is an older rose garden too called the Jubilee Rose Garden where you will find older varieties planted in the traditional pattern of rose-beds with a modern twist provided by the new wrought-iron obelisks and fencing for the climbers to wrap themselves around.
And do pop into the Country Garden where you are sure to find a bench on which to ponder the visual delights surrounding you.
More lovely walks can be found over at my friend Jo’s place.