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The Gardens of the RHS Part Six – Orchids at Wisley

The new Centenary Glasshouse at Wisley is one of our favourite, regular places for visiting and enjoying.


In our September wander we made several detours through its big sliding doors and into its warm, dry interiors as thunder storms threatened to periodically drown us. We always enjoy the glasshouse plants but Jude the Undergardeners favourites have to be the orchids, although here she is admiring a Passionflower.


If we visit any garden with orchids hardy or greenhouse varieties she is drawn to them. But I don’t complain – they are unbelievably beautiful, the blooms richly coloured and eccentrically shaped. Here under the protection of Wisley’s glass roof they flourish.

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With such a stunning, varied and comprehensive collection of orchids what glasshouse could wish for more?

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

9 replies on “The Gardens of the RHS Part Six – Orchids at Wisley”

A greenhouse so beautiful it is beyond my imagination. Although I’ve never tried to grow orchids because I don’t have a lot of good space for indoor plants, I do love them, and these are gorgeous. And, of course, what a wonderful picture of the Undergardener.

You and I have talked about greenhouses in the past. But this one–it’s love at first glance. How lucky you are. I’m off this week to see Longwood Gardens’ annual orchid extravaganza, which is always spectacularly memorable.

Okay, I just played catchup and oh my, I missed a lot! No words to describe the beauty you captured in your posts from Wisley. Wow! Loved your melting photos too. I swear your camera trigger finger is getting better and better! Margie

They really are very beautiful, I can see why Jude is drawn to them. Your photos are lovely too, showing off the vivid colours and interesting shapes. I have left a couple of blog awards for you over at my blog. Don’t worry too much if you don’t wish to play along with the rules of these things.

Thanks for the kind thought. I enjoy the idea of nominating for awards – gives a chance to show appreciation. Orchids are amazing – we often wish we could afford a separate heated greenhouse for them.


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