RHS to open welcome centre at Wisley

A welcome centre will open at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey next year, as the first phase of a major transformation.

The new arrivals hall will have a 100-seat restaurant, cafe, shop and expanded indoor plant centre.

They will sit within a landscape created by leading designer, Christopher Bradley-Hole, with an avenue of 100 cherry trees (pictured), and more than 250 native trees around the car parks.

The horticultural masterplan for Wisley also includes a new National Centre for Horticultural Science and surrounding gardens, which are due to open in 2020.

Melissa Hackney, groups sales and marketing manager, said: “Over the next two years we will be making some of the most exciting and significant changes in our history, with developments across all our gardens and shows, from stunning new horticultural experiences in the gardens themselves to new restaurants and entertainment areas.

“We will be investing some £160 million in the future of horticulture, allowing us to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people – including our group visitors.”

Last year, the attraction opened its first Exotic Garden with plants ranging from palms and bananas to flowers such as dahlias and cannas.

The attraction will also feature a sculpture trail (June 23-July 31) and six-day flower show (September 4-9).

Picture credit: Forbes Massie.