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Autumn Brings: Exciting Progress at RHS Garden Wisley

Autumn Brings: Exciting Progress at RHS Garden Wisley

We last reported on the construction of the new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Garden Wisley nearly a year ago in October 2019.

Since then the project continues to make great progress. The internal fit out of the building is in full swing and externally the finished envelope has revealed itself with the magnificent timber cladding.

Outside, work to build the educational gardens that will encircle the new building is well underway with two out of the three gardens now started.

Designed by Ann-Marie Powell and Matt Keightley and being installed by landscape specialist, Landform the first garden to break ground in February was the Wellbeing Garden, closely followed by the Wildlife Garden.

Matt Keightley designed the Wellbeing Garden to provide a series of ‘garden rooms’ which will entice visitors to explore the many ways in which gardens can be used for physical and psychological therapy, natural health care and relaxation. The shapes are clear now with the planting commenced as the hard surfaces begin.

Designed by Ann-Marie Powell, the Wildlife Garden was next to begin. This garden will draw inspiration from the natural environments of the British Isles, demonstrating the association of nature and gardens, and the importance of including a range of plant diversity to support native British wildlife, especially the declining species. The ponds are now filled with water and the RHS has commenced the planting.

The last garden to be started will be the World Food Garden, also designed by Ann-Marie Powell, this will provide an edible maze and outdoor demonstration kitchen to encourage visitors to ‘grow their own’ at home.

We can’t wait to see (and visit!) the final project when it is completed!

Posted on 15/10/2020

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