Six on Saturday | Easter Saturday

This week’s post comes from another garden, not mine as I am away celebrating the 18th birthday of my second eldest granddaughter who lives in Surrey. I couldn’t miss SoS this week though as it is my 4th anniversary of joining in with the gang of sixers, warmly hosted by the Prop, who despite spending more of his time running than propagating, is still the Boss Man. I am not focusing on individual plants this week, instead I will show you some of the views of one of the world’s greatest gardens.

Wisley Glasshouse

RHS Wisley used to be a favourite of mine. My first visit was in 2004 and I was a regular visitor when I lived in Surrey until 2011. During those years the gardens didn’t change too much. On my last visit in 2015 there were several major changes to parts of the garden, including a new rose garden, but nothing like what has changed since then, including the Welcome Building with the visitor entrance, shop, cafés and plant centre and a brand new library and resource centre called Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science which cost £35 million! Here you will find three new gardens which surround the building.

Wellbeing Garden
A wildlife garden with lots of natural ponds and planted with pollinator plants.
World food garden, modelled on a traditional kitchen garden.

Another new garden is the Cottage Garden, which used to be known as the Country Garden, currently full of tulips and other spring delights. Next to this is a new Exotic garden which probably is at its best in the summer.

Cottage Garden planted in the soft informal style of a typical English cottage garden

It is a big garden and walking around for several hours can be tiring, but there are plenty of seats available, many so lovely I would like to take one home!

Bench with hedgerow of Exochorda macanthra ‘The Bride’

Normal service will resume next week when the focus will probably on tulips!

As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.

See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday


  1. I can easily spend all day exploring in a garden like this. So gorgeous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It does take a few hours, but it’s tiring. There were areas we didn’t get to.

  2. Cathy says:

    Really interesting to read this Jude. The last time I went the new reception building was in place but I think that was at the start of the work so a lot will have been added since then.

    1. Heyjude says:

      A lot has changed since I was there in 2015

      1. Cathy says:

        I have been more often since one daughter moved down to Surrey, but less so now The Poppet is older and has all sorts of activities to be taken to

        1. Heyjude says:

          It’s handy when a family member lives nearby plus having a membership card!

        2. Cathy says:

          Sadly, I was also looking forward to more visits to Harlow Carr when my younger sister moved to Harrogate, but a week after our first visit to her new house she was no longer with us… 🙄

        3. Heyjude says:

          Oh, no, that is so sad. Sorry for your loss Cathy.

        4. Cathy says:

          It was sad, but she had just seen virtually all the extended family the week before, and had made the long-planned move from London, so in many ways it was a ‘good’ death

  3. Suzanne says:

    Well, that’s a surprise regarding the tulips 😉 We enjoyed WHS Wisley when housesitting near there. The best image is the World food garden now that is one place I could easily spend some time.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The food garden will be amazing in the months ahead as the different crops are grown. Shame I won’t be there.

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