GARDENS FOR THE NEW CENTRE FOR HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE AND LEARNING AT RHS WISLEY

We were honoured to be appointed by the Royal Horticultural Society to design two new gardens with a connecting landscape at the flagship RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

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The gardens cover 2.5 acres around the planned new learning Centre on the Hilltop at Wisley and are currently in build. The National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, will be the UK’s first dedicated scientific centre of excellence – protecting the future of plants, people and the planet.

Opening in 2021, our two new gardens, the Wildlife Garden and World Food Garden, will form ‘living laboratories’ at RHS Wisley.  They will both play an important part in the enhanced learning experience by illustrating how plants impact our daily lives.

The Wildlife Garden draws inspiration directly from the natural environments of the British Isles. The garden will demonstrate the association of nature and gardens, and the importance of using a range of plant diversity to support native British wildlife, especially declining species.

The World Food Garden will be a contemporary ‘plot to plate’ experience inspired by the traditional large vegetable garden garden. It will incorporate new innovations, ‘good to grow’ vegetable and fruit varieties, edible flowers and new planting ideas for a global taste experience.

RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, says:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Ann-Marie on board to help shape the future of RHS Garden Wisley and excited to see her innovative ideas come to life. Since its very first days under the care of RHS, Wisley has been at the forefront of education in horticulture. Ann-Marie’s designs will provide an easily accessible source of inspiration and learning for all who visit”.