97. RHS Wisley Meet Up

Victoria chats to Mario,who runs the vegetable garden at RHS Wisley, about a chili plant problem
Victoria chats to Mario,who runs the vegetable garden at RHS Wisley, about a chili plant problem

Last week saw the second Meet Up at RHS Wisley. Despite a torrential start to the day the sunshine came out of hiding as we arrived and shone bright until we left, happy times indeed. Lovely blogging chums joining me included Victoria who blogs at Southbourne Gardens, Charly who blogs at PODcast with her daughter Poppy and Kriss who blogs at  Over there to Here with her children Luce and Theo.The children ran playing, the grown ups chatted and explored, cameras in hand.

We set off for the Fruit Field first, where blossom is in abundance in Spring (something I must make time to see next year) and fruit in Autumn. The RHS Wisley Fruit Field is described as a ‘Living Library’, with over 1000 different fruit cultivars, including 700 apple cultivars. The orchard, of which you can see a tiny snapshot below, was started in 1948. Later in the year, I believe Wisley holds a windfall fruit collecting where you can help collect the fallen fruit and take some home.

Brambley Apples
Brambley Apples
Brambley Apples
Brambley Apples
RHS Wisley fruit garden
RHS Wisley fruit garden

Pears hanging on the tree
Pears hanging on the tree
Apples tree trained to an arch
Apples tree trained to an arch

I loved seeing fruit free trained to arches, a way I’ve not seen before, highly effective and a longer lasting display that a wisteria!

Juicy redcurrants
Juicy redcurrants
Luce watches on, intrigued
Luce watches on, intrigued
Poppy and Ozzy engrossed in slug spotting
Poppy and Ozzy engrossed in slug spotting
Sunflowers at RHS Wisley
Sunflowers at RHS Wisley
Victoria shows Poppy the finer art of floral photography
Victoria shows Poppy the finer art of floral photography
Red sunflowers
Red sunflowers
Red sunflowers
Red sunflowers
Sunflowers at Wisley
Sunflowers at Wisley
Picnic time - cupcakes courtesy of Kriss went down VERY well
Picnic time – cupcakes courtesy of Kriss went down VERY well
Running free by the Alpine House
Running free by the Alpine House
Pink roses at RHS Wisley
Pink roses at RHS Wisley

One of the things I LOVE about Meet Ups is that they always involve cameras. You can sit in sessions at blogging events learning great camera tips and tricks but to actually get outside with different real people and watch what they do, the angles they take and the idea they have is incredibly inspiring. Below Kriss gives the perfect example as she experiments with flowers and bright light behind them (you can see the results in her Flower Light post here)

Kriss gets down low to experiment with light behind petals
Kriss gets down low to experiment with light behind petals

Our day ended with a stop to admire the lilies on the way out and a day dream of some waiter serviced tea and scones from Victoria and I.

Stopping to admire the lilies on the way out
Stopping to admire the lilies on the way out
Stopping to admire the lilies on the way out
Stopping to admire the lilies on the way out

One thing I love about Wisley is that everywhere you walk there’s colour and focal points. It’s not so huge that you’ll never manage to get children to walk around it all but big enough to offer more than enough horticultural action for a full day out. RHS Wisley puts on little trails for children and their restaurant and grounds cater for all ages, Kitty and Ozzy love it to bits there – as do I. So much so that there’ll be another Meet Up there on Tuesday September 2nd, which just o happens to be the first day of the  Wisley Flower Show and also as part of that the National Dahlia Show – it’s going to be floral heaven people – floral heaven. Details in the Meet Ups section here. Seeing as it’s the day before school goes back, I’ll be going along child free to give those blooms my undivided attention! The more the merrier, with or without kiddos.

Kitty and Victoria take five in the glasshouse
Kitty and Victoria take five in the glasshouse

Thanks to all who came – lovely to see you! x

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