Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley

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Address and contact details
Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
Tel: 01483 224234
Fax: 01483 211750
Email: info@rhs.org.uk
Web site: www.rhs.org.uk
Latitude: 51° 18' 50" N / 51.3139839
Longitude: 00° 28' 22" W / -0.4728724
Background to the collection
Year founded:1904
Ownership:Royal Horticultural Society
Garden code:WSY
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Personnel
Director of Horticulture: Jim Gardiner
Director of Gardens: James Rudoni
Curator: Colin Crosbie
Plants Record Officer: Gill Skilton
Head of Science: Roger Williams
Principal Scientist Botany: Christopher Whitehouse
Chief of Horticultural Informatics: Janet J. Cubey
Principal Scientist Entomology: Andrew Halstead
Principal Scientist Plant Pathology: Beatrice Henricot
Librarian: Barbara Collecott
Contact person: Gill Skilton
Total Staff:80
Total Horticultural Staff:87 staff, 84 volunteers
Policies
Accessions:Plant Collections Policy
Collections:Yes, in accordance with the Royal Horticultural Society's Mission Statement
Physical environment
Altitude:18-47 m
Soil type:Sand, acid
Aspect:Varied
Total area:60 ha
Area heated:4200 m²
Other sites of collection:RHS Garden Rosemoor
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Weather records Records kept
Temperature
Average daily:10 °C
Av. monthly max:14.1 °C
Av. monthly min:5.6 °C
Absolute maximum:37.8 °C (2003)
Absolute minimum:-15.1 °C (1982)
Wind
Direction:Southwest
Strength:Average
Rainfall
Average annual:652 mm
Month of maximum:October
Month of minimum:February
Plant collection
Families:266
Genera:1928
Species:10010
Taxa:24770
Accessions:43226
Plants:52 516
Notable plants within the collection:
42 Champion Trees
Special families within the collections:
Orchidaceae, Magnoliaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Epimedium, Crocus, Galanthus, Rheum, Narcissus, Daboecia, Erica, Calluna, Magnolia, Malus, Pyrus
Special collections:
Calluna, NCCPG – 514 Taxa, 614 Accessions.
Crocus, NCCPG – 224 Taxa, 796 Accessions.
Daboecia, NCCPG – 44 Taxa, 53 Accessions.
Epimedium, NCCPG – 90 Taxa, 203 Accessions.
Erica – 454 Taxa, 576 Accessions.
Galanthus, NCCPG – 178 Taxa, 423 Accessions.
Magnolia – 134 Taxa, 174 Accessions.
Malus domestica – 622 Taxa, 1091 Accessions.
Pyrus communis – 153 Taxa, 197 Accessions.
Rheum (culinary) – 134 Taxa, 174 Accessions.
Target 8 Species:
TARGET 8 PROJECT TAXON LIST       UK Red Data List 2005 SAP lead partner WELSH Red Data List 2008 IRISH Red Data List 1987 IRISH Red Data List 2005 TARGET 8 PROJECT datasheet Garden(s)
Salvia pratensis
Meadow Clary
B W NT CR T8 RHS Wisley
Record Keeping:Kept since 1902
Computerised since 1993
Record System:BG-Base
Plant-collecting trips:International and national
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 20,000 wild collected & 80,000 cultivated specimens. Code WSY in Index Herbariorum
Library:16,000 items. Garden Libraray open to public.
Research facilities:General biological laboratories, molecular
Publications:Garden guide. Catalogue available on the Internet; The Garden, The New Plantsman, Orchid Review, Trials Bulletin
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the RHS membership. Apple naming. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic, public education, special courses including Horticultural Diploma
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, audio guide, practical demonstrations, Plantsman days, Apple festival.
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, book shop, gift shop, coffee shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:690,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm (Mar-Oct) 10-4.30pm (Nov-Feb)
Guiding principles behind the collection
The encouragement and the improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches. To be the leading organisation demonstrating excellence in horticulture and promoting gardening.

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