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Royal Horticultural Society's Garden, Wisley

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United Kingdom - Surrey - Woking

Institution Code: WSY

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

The Canal at Wisley Garden
The Canal at Wisley Garden

About the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden, Wisley

TAXA 23,000 (9,000 spp., 1,616 genera, 36,900 accessions, 42,500 plants)

Main Address:
Royal Horticultural Society's Garden, Wisley
Surrey GU23 6QB United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 (0)1483 224234
Fax: 44 (0)1483 211750
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr Tim Upson (Director of Horticulture)
    Curator's Name: Matthew Pottage
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Gill Skilton
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 87
    Educational Staff Number: 25
    Research Staff Number: 20
    Administration Staff Number: 15

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 1904
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 60 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.310672
    Longitude: -0.47541
    Annual Rainfall: 652 mm
    Altitude: 18.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 4200 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 200000
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 690000
    Number of Volunteers: 84

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 43226
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 24770
  • Special Collections:Orchidaceae, Epimedium, Crocus, Colchicum, Galanthus, Hosta, Rheum, Cyclamen, Narcissus, Daboecia, Erica, Calluna. Rhododendron, rock-garden plants, conifers, heathers, Mediterranean and Near East bulbs, apples.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes