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Upcoming Royal Horticultural Society Garden Design Services

Upcoming Royal Horticultural Society Garden Design Services

As keen garden and landscape enthusiasts, Grass Tiger are active followers of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). There are many exciting project plans currently underway and we’re thrilled to be able to share them with you.

Let’s take a look at what we can expect to be developed during the coming years.

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RHS Garden Wisley

This is fairly big news in the world of RHS gardens; the plan is to revamp their flagship garden in Wisley (near Woking), Surrey. Landscape garden designer Christopher Bradley-Hole has been authorised to oversee the project, which is scheduled to be finished before the end of 2019.

Wisley was first developed as a demonstration garden by the RHS, this has resulted in its layouts being a bit disconnected from one-another. The garden design plans for London will hopefully address this issue to create a more naturally flowing experience.

Although classed as a revamp project, there are many new-build elements that will also be included, such as; the Hilltop Building, Science & Education centre (which will be built from wood & glass), as well as a new visitor centre and shop at the main entrance.

With a total budget of £50 million, we can expect some really exciting developments to come from here, and we look forward to seeing more from this particular garden design in South London.

RHS Wisley Gardens

The above shows the laboratory building at the RHS Wisley gardens

RHS Bridgewater

Here we will witness the creation of an entirely new garden at the heart of the Northwest, in Salford, Manchester. The RHS have budgeted £30 million towards the garden and landscape design; Tom Stuart-Smith will over see the operation.

The project is aiming to create a beautiful fifth garden and it is planned to cover 156 acres of land in an attempt to revive the historic grounds of Worsley New Hall, where the remains of a mid-Victorian estate was built in 1840.

The plans are to recreate the walled garden as the centrepiece of the RHS garden. Also being repurposed are the traditional lines of Victorian kitchen gardens, whilst keeping in-line with the RHS approach to emphasise growing at home techniques.

Many buildings will need to be constructed too, such as; a library, arboretum, learning centres as well as a school of horticulture and various other garden amenities.

There are visions to one day create a giant, commemorative glasshouse on the footprint of the Worsley Victorian estate, but this isn’t part of Tom’s plans just yet.

This garden design service is aiming to be completed by the spring of 2019.

It’s been joked amongst RHS employees that this garden has only been named “RHS Bridgewater” to avoid the confusion of potentially running both “RHS Wisley” and “RHS Worsley” gardens.

No Gardens in the Mids

The location of this garden was a surprise to many, as there is already a RHS garden fairly local to the area. RHS Harlow Carr had served the North well thus far, from its location in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

The addition of RHS Garden Bridgewater, in the Northwest, means that there will soon be RHS Gardens accessible to every corner of the Country. Whereas people in the Midlands will remain separated from all RHS gardens in the Country.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director-General, admits that they were looking for a suitable location in Birmingham, but in the end they had “settled quite quickly” on the Bridgewater location.

If plans are completed in accordance to their schedule, then there should be a total of five RHS gardens open by 2019 in the following locations:

  • (Revamped) RHS Garden Wisley. Woking, Surrey
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor. Torrington, Devon
  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Chelmsford, Essex
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Harrogate, North Yorkshire
  • (New) RHS Garden Bridgewater. Salford, Greater Manchester