Back for a second year, Christmas Glow (1st December-2nd January 2017) promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever. Designers of cultivated illumination, Jigantics will be creating a captivating light installation with giant, botanically inspired blooms, set to spark the imagination.
This event offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season in a beautiful garden setting. There will be even more gigantic blooms to discover than last year, as visitors get the chance to wander through the garden, as well as seeing all the natural Christmas decorations. In addition, we will also be lighting up some of our own magnificent Wisley trees, including the liquidambar on Seven Acres West Lawn, giant redwood around the Pinetum edge and the scots pine in the Loggia. There are 10 trees for visitors to come and find across the garden.
The Glasshouse will be decorated in the style of a magical gingerbread lodge complete with colourful floral displays of poinsettias and seasonal plants such as Christmas cactus and bromeliads. There will also be an exhibit of the Wisley Citrus Collection in The Glasshouse Gallery. The lake surrounding the Glasshouse will be illuminated with lanterns, offering magnificent views. There will be a special Light Switch-On ceremony at 6.30pm on 30th November with a late-night Christmas shopping evening. A special parade is also planned by Jigantics, who have been working with The Rayleigh School, based in West Horsley near Guildford, to create and design paper lanterns from tissue paper and willow.
The garden will operate extended opening times during the month of December until 8pm (last entry 7pm) to allow visitors time to enjoy their visit, grab a bite to eat or browse the fantastic range of gifts on offer in the Wisley Plant Centre and Gift Shop (the shop will close at 5pm on Sundays and 24th December).
The Wisley Plant Centre will be transformed into a magical grotto to welcome Santa and Mrs Claus. Come along for Stories and Songs with Santa and receive a small gift or, for an extra special treat, book into an exciting gingerbread-decorating workshop at the Clore Classroom. Booking in advance is essential: prices can be found online at rhs.org.uk/wisley
Find everything you need to transform your home this Christmas at the Wisley Christmas Shop which will be open until 24th December. Choose from unique gifts, baubles and wreaths including Christmas trees as well as gifts for the whole family. A new seasonal café will also be opening to provide shoppers with hot and cold drinks while they shop.
For those visitors interested in exploring the garden, you won’t be disappointed by the range of stunning winter vistas that RHS Garden Wisley has to offer. Frost-covered snowdrops will cover the ground, together with crocus and cyclamen these can be found throughout the Pinetum as well as many other areas of the garden including the Alpine Meadow. The coloured stems such as the red Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ that surround Seven Acres Lake and ornate seed heads on display in the Glasshouse Landscape also help to provide a magical spectacle for all.
It’s a special time to visit the garden – there is still a surprising amount of colour to be found, so don’t delay, make a date to visit RHS Garden Wisley and enjoy a fantastic festive day out this Christmas.
For full details, please visit the website at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley.