RHS garden secures funding for garden projects

Wisley will be the location for two new features within the Surrey garden

Two projects costing more than £40,000 are in development at one the UK’s leading gardens. The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has given £25,000 to create the NGS Family Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden, Wisley. NGS chairman Nicholas Payne made the announcement at the launch of the NGS 2004 London Gardens Guide at Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice. RHS director general Andrew Colquhoun welcomed the donation, saying: “The Family Garden will be testament to the spirit of the NGS and its generous garden owners, and its 77 years of opening gardens of quality, character and interest for charity.” The garden, designed by Fiona Lawrenson, will be built by the RHS this autumn. It will be 11.5m by 23m and will include plants with historic links to Woking such as Clematis ‘Jackmanii’. Work has begun on a £17,000 Japanese-style waterfall at Wisley. The money was donated through the RHS Giving in Memory Scheme. Commemorative plaques near the waterfall, which was designed by Osaka University arts professor Masao Fukuhara, will signify donations of more than £2,000. The waterfall will include rocks of up to 2.5 tonnes and 14,000 litres of water per hour will run through it. Landscaping is due to be completed by the end of this month, followed by weed clearance and planting this autumn.

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