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Royal Horticultural Society's Garden, Wisley

United Kingdom - Surrey - Woking

Institution Code: WSY

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

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: Mar14 Dr Tim Upson (Director of Horticulture), Jim Gardiner (Executive Vice President Horticulture)
    Curator's Name: Colin Crosbie
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Gill Skilton
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 80
    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: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 100000
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y

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: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Education: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Sustainability: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

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