George Fergusson Wilson, a keen grower of fruit and orchids, bought the site in 1878 and established his ‘Oakwood experimental garden’.
After Wilson’s death in 1902, Sir Thomas Hanbury, founder of La Mortola garden in Italy, purchased Oakwood and adjoining Glebe Farm and donated it to the Royal Horticultural Society for its perpetual use.
A hub of garden inspiration
Wisley is all about inspirational gardening, rather than a museum of plants and conservation. We’re constantly assessing and upating our plants and planting schemes to ensure there’s always something new to excite and inspire.
In particular, visit our Mixed Borders or Glasshouse Borders during summer and you’ll be sure to get plenty of inspiration (and maybe a little envious). And a visit wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside the spectacular Glasshouse, where you can take a journey around the world in plants.
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