Wakehurst Place

Last updated: 22 November 2022

Address and contact details
Ardingly, Haywards Heath, W Sussex, RH17 6TN
Tel: 01444 894000
Fax: 01444 894069
Email: [initial.name]@rbgkew.org.uk
Web site: www.rbgkew.org.uk
Latitude: 51° 04' 06" N
Longitude: 0° 04' 59" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1965
Ownership:Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director: Professor Stephen D. Hopper
Curator: Andy Jackson
Head of HorticultureDavid Hardman:
Contact person: David Hardman
Total Staff:175
Total Horticultural Staff:35
Accessions:Accessions only taken for specific planting schemes in areas of the estate (targeted).
Collections:Wild-source material to fit phytogeographical scheme. Cultivated material to fit 50-year landscape plan.
Physical environment
Altitude:400 foot
Soil type:Clay, acid
Total area:202 ha
Area heated:1000 m²
Other sites of collection:Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Castle Howard
Weather recordsRecords kept
Av. monthly max:20 °C
Av. monthly min:0.5 °C
Absolute maximum:38.9 °C (10 Aug 2003)
Absolute minimum:-10 °C (Jan 2009)
Average annual:893 mm
Month of maximum:October
Month of minimum:June
Plant collection
Plants:For the combined Royal Botanic Gardens Kew collection see the entry for the <a href="k.htm">Royal Botanic Gardens Kew</a>.
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Northern Europe, Southwestern USA, South-Central USA, Southeastern USA, Soviet Far East, Australia, New Zealand, Caucasus, Northwestern USA, Western Asia, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Western South America, China, North-Central USA, Southern South America, Eastern Asia, Northeastern USA
Special families within the collections:
Pinaceae, Cupressaceae, Araceae, Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Ericaceae, Taxodiaceae, Hypericaceae, Rutaceae, Zingiberaceae, Aceraceae, Taxaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Arisaema, Betula, Nothofagus, Skimmia, Hypericum, Rhododendron, Erica, Calluna, Sequoiadendron, Pinus, Quercus, Abies, Picea, Chamaecyparis, Cardiocrinum, Hedychium, Acer, Taxus, Telopea, Hebe
Special collections:
Betula, NCCPG
Skimmia, NCCPG
Nothofagus, NCCPG
Hypericum, NCCPG
Record Keeping:Kept since 1834
Computerised since 1968
Record System:UNIX SYBASE
Plant-collecting trips:International and national
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Library:Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Research facilities:Millennium Seed bank
Publications:Garden guide, Index seminum (for seed bank only)
Identifications:Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, lectures.
Interactive displays in Millennium Seed Bank building
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, book shop, gift shop, Wellcome Trust Millennium Seed Bank 'Orange Room'
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:450,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm summer, 10am-4.30pm winter
Guiding principles behind the collection
The mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is "To inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life"
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