Day out at RHS Wisley

Some of the group on Battleston Hill under a monumental statue of a horse's head pic: Rosemary Stewart

Members of the Ventnor Botanic Garden Society had a day out to RHS Wisley, the home of the Royal Horticultural Society, near Woking.

The large group was split into three smaller tours for an introductory walk around the garden which gave an insight to its history as well as an introduction to more recent changes.

Sally Peake, of the Ventnor Botanic Garden Society, said: “The new Hilltop building, which now houses the library and science laboratories as well as the visitor facilities, was much admired. The landscaping which surrounds it gave a strongly optimistic view of horticulture and its value to society.

“For many, the old friends are champion trees – the largest and finest of their kind in the UK; the most enormous climbing rose was truly a spectacle in full flower scrambling up an ancient oak to some fifty feet or more.”

The Society encourages all kinds of activities related to horticulture and organises walks, talks and trips for its members as well as supporting the work of the curator and his team at Ventnor Botanic Garden through volunteering and fund-raising. Contact for more information.