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"The scarecrow trail at RHS Wisley - great family fun…"
The flagship garden of the RHS is located in Wisley, Surrey. Even with a toddler in tow, it oozes peace and tranquility. Set in 240 acres, you can expect to lose hours while you take in its immense gardens, loggia and canal of waterlilies.
The nearby walled garden is the perfect place to stop and take it all in amidst a sea of purple and white flowers. The Jubilee and Bowes Lyon Rose Gardens are in full bloom and up to Battleston Hill is the towering Henry Moore sculpture ‘The Arch’.
A state-of-the-art Glasshouse is like a magical jungle with palms, creepers and a waterfall. Three climatic zones provide the perfect a haven for difficult to grow, rare and endangered species and Orchids.
Wisley has varying events on throughout the year – one of which is The Scarecrow Trail. Designed by local Women’s Institute members, 100 uniquely designed scarecrows are dotted around seven acres.
With the theme ‘Strictly Scarecrows’, mostly were based on the TV programme although there were a couple made of straws and bubble wrap.
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"Beautiful place for children to wander and parents enjoy spectaular planting…"
Very beautiful - miles of space to wander. Good cafe and greenhouse. We had a lovely picnic under apple trees - designated area and play park for children is nice with spots for parents to sit. No balls allowed but drawing is good to do there. Ponds and koi fascinate.
All in all I think more beautiful than Kew - we went in height of summer.Read moreLess
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"Wisley Gardens are beautiful and offer plenty of space for…"
Wisley Gardens are beautiful and offer plenty of space for varied walks.
Great cake selection on offer and yummy stews in the winter if you fancy lunch.
A BIG warning to mums with babies though if you want to visit the Butterfly exhibition in January February be ready to leave your pushchair outside of the glasshouse in the rain and have to carry baby, bags and coats as they have a policy of banning pushchairs at all times for this exhibition - even on weekdays!Read moreLess
"We go the Wisley through the year and as RHS…"
We go the Wisley through the year and as RHS members it's free to get in. The gardens transform in colour as the seasons change and, as you would expect, the gardens are wonderful, immaculate, imaginative. There are also some really amazing fish (I think carp of some sort) in one of the lakes who feed at your feet and always put on a show.
At the moment, however, the main green house has been transformed in an incredible butterfly house.
I can confess to knowing next to nothing about butterflies but the multicoloured works of art fluttering around are truly remarkable. And HUGE! Took my three year old with some school friends and other mums and we had a lovely time. The children could run wild on the grass (it's in no way stuffy) but were captivated by the butterflies. Knowledgeable people were on hand to answer the numerous questions and do so happily and with excitement which is catching.
Large cafe and lots of child seats. Good coffee and delicious cake!
Several restaurants to cater for everyone and in summer its lovely to sit outside and eat.
Well worth a visit and really easy to get to being right beside the A3 and M25.Read moreLess