RHS Wisley – A Winter Visit

RHS Wisley Gardens Weather Vane

It feels like we’re very nearly there: the end of winter (hurray!).  I have to admit that I find February the most wearying month, despite the signs of spring, because it seems to be persistently grey. I had been eyeing up the weather forecast for a few weeks and had spotted a sunny day on one of my days off, so I planned a visit to RHS Wisley in Surrey with my good friend Hayley.

I knew there would be lots for us to see at Wisley, even in winter.  And there was: snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores, the odd daffodil.  They currently have a butterfly display in the glasshouse (visit at lunchtime  – the queue is shorter).  The willow and dogwood stems were stunning as was this little Robin who sat on this tree singing for ages.

If you’re sick of hibernating, I really recommend a trip to Wisley.  It’s about an hours drive from central London.  There is a nice pub about five minutes drive from the gardens if you fancy lunch or dinner: The Anchor on Pyrford Lock.

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Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, Surrey

Richmond is a really nice day trip for those visiting or living in London, particularly because the wonderful Petersham Nurseries is just a short detour from the river Thames and a visit is worthwhile even if you’re not purchasing plants.  They have a Michelin star awarded restaurant and a low key teahouse – I have yet to eat at the restaurant but every dish I have had from the teahouse has been delicious. We went for lunch (at the teahouse) on Sunday with a relative visiting from New Zealand and it was very sunny and very, very hot and a bit of a respite from the busy river’s edge.