WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
A WALK IN WISLEY R.H.S. GARDENS
I visited Wisley RHS Gardens in Ripley, Surrey, about a week or so ago. The weather spoiled us that day as the sunlight seemed to hit the garden just perfectly. The whole of Wisley is meticulously maintained, without feeling artificial or pretentious and makes for a peaceful haven, just off the A3.
Wisely has large and diverse gardens, covering 240 acres. With its water features, glasshouses, arboretum and the abundance of wildlife and the soft breeze that blows there, it’s easy to take a leisurely stroll for hours at a time. We soaked up the calm atmosphere and the green & yellow and pink & purple tones that filled the gardens. With the aroma of the fresh roses and lavender in the air, the soft buzzing of the bees, trickling of the water and birds tweeting, it really is a delight for all the senses and an escape from busy, everyday life.
March is the perfect time to soak up the gardens and to see what this time of year has to offer. We really did lap up all of Spring's delights; the snowdrops, daffodils and sunshine. We explored the Conifer Lawn, Weather Hill, Rock Garden and Bowles Corner. Last on our agenda, and for a little warm relief, we took a trip to the glass house and fell in love with the butterflies there – although they didn't have much appreciation for personal space. I would recommend a visit, as long as you don’t mind flying things near and on your face!
I love exploring wild, hidden beauty spots but there's something so lovely about visiting an English garden. Their quintessentially Britishness with the passionate gardeners’ work abundantly evident, it truly is beautiful to see. If a visit here isn't inspirational and thought-provoking for one's own garden skills… then I'm not sure what is.
Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am-6pm with last entry one hour before closing. Entry is £13 for adults and £6.50 for children (free under 5). If you book online you can get 10% off, or you can become a member starting from £42.75. With special facilities for guided wheelchair walks, visually impaired and hard of hearing and those with learning disabilities or mobility scooter users. It really is a great day out for anyone and everyone, couples, families, friends, in-laws, or even a perfect escape for some alone time.
It’s also worth mentioning that the car park is truly vast. It’s free to park and although so many vehicles seemed present, we had no trouble getting a parking spot! Inside the gardens, it still felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, which was a massive plus.
With delicious cakes from The Coffee Shop, sandwiches from The Glasshouse Café or a hearty soup followed by a roast dinner in The canteen - a whole day can be spent here so effortlessly. There’s even a shop selling gifts, cards, plants, gardening goodies, books, locally made jams, fruit wines and many other delicious treats!
I'll definitely be popping back for a family shoot (or two) and for a peaceful walk in my downtime (I'm sure my camera will be joining me for that too though!).