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Brief description of site

The 97-hectare gardens (65 hectares registered) at Wisley belong to the Royal Horticultural Society. Individual areas include alpine plants, fruit and flowers, model gardens, an arboretum and trials of new plant introductions.

Brief history of site

The site originally featured experimental wild gardens covering 24 hectares, developed between 1878 and 1902 by G.F. Wilson. The Royal Horticultural Society acquired the gardens in 1903, which were laid out and extended under S.T. Wright and later superintendents.

Location information:

Address: Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

Locality: Woking

Local Authorities:

Surrey; Guildford; Wisley

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 187 Grid Ref: TQ063581
Latitude: 51.3121 Longitude: -0.476235


The site is south of the M25 at junction 10, off the A3. Please see:

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open all year from 10am to 6pm, closing earlier in the winter.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: Horticultural

Context or principal building: education

Site first created: 1878 to 1903

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 97

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