RHS Wisley family garden opens

A new garden at RHS Wisley is expected to bring more children to the Surrey attraction

Designer Fiona Lawrenson cut the ribbon at the National Gardens Scheme’s (NGS’s) family garden last week. Wisley curator Jim Gardiner said it will “embrace people of all age groups” and attract more NGS members to Wisley. He added that the site’s model gardens are designed to “provide inspiration and ideas for garden designers and a wider audience”. Floral superintendent David Jewell said 62 per cent of Wisley visitors looked at the model gardens. “They are one of the most popular areas. People can relate to them easily. Huge, long borders can be intimidating for some gardeners.” NGS gave £25,000 for the garden to celebrate the RHS’s bicentenary last year. It will remain in place for five years. Wisley attracts 700,000 visitors annually, including 50,000 children. - Two more gardens will open this month at Wisley. Jewell said the Society of Garden Designers/RHS competition-winning gardens will tackle “the conscious need for smaller gardens for new houses”. Eight £14,000, nine metre by six metre gardens will open next to each other in the next three years. Juliet Sargeant and Andy Sturgeon are designing the first two. They are intended to “provide a series of up- to-date designs for people moving to new gardens” and are sponsored by the Witan Investment Trust.

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