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RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show 2016

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Lily Evans, four, carries home a fuschia from last year's show. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

Iconic late-season show

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show (6-11 September) will be opened this year by Dame Penelope Keith.

There are a record 55 nurseries and 21 trade stands this year, the National Dahlia Society Show, floral displays by the Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), expert advice and more.

Browse and buy from RHS medal winners (including Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries from County Durham), along with other specialist nurseries and garden trade stands.

Show highlights

Marion Watkinson in the National Dahlia Society Show tent at last year’s show. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

Breakfast preview, Tuesday 6 September, 7.30am: Enjoy breakfast and a tour of the show by one of our curatorial team, (premium parking included). RHS members £28, non-members £40.

Show lunches, every day from 11.30am: In The Restaurant – tables must be booked.

National Dahlia Society Annual Show: More than 100 exhibitors in all classes. Tuesday: noon-6pm, Wed-Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm.

A visitor with a shopping bag of dahlias. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor
A visitor with a shopping bag of dahlias. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

The RHS People’s Dahlia Competition, September 10-11: On either day, bring a single stem (with single or multiple flowers) of any type of dahlia that you have grown. Blooms to be registered in the NDS tent by 11am on either day. Judging will take place at noon, with prize giving at 3pm.

Surrey NAFAS Floral Display: More than 100 floral designers exhibiting under the theme of ‘Not Quite Strictly’ in the Floral Ballroom Marquee.

RHS Wisley gardens: Enjoy the late summer borders, grasses and sculptures on the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail.

Planning your visit

Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-6pm. Sunday: 9am-5pm. Last entry one hour before closing. Normal garden admission applies. RHS members go free.


Monica Gerlach outside the NAFAS Floral Art Display exhibition last year. Picture courtesy of
RHS/Luke MacGregor

Free shuttle bus from Horsley Station: Leaving approximately every 20 minutes from the Horsley Station forecourt, drop-off point near the Glasshouse, a short walk from the main exhibitor area, from 9.30am to 5.15pm, 45 minutes before the garden (and show) closes.

Planned engineering works are due to take place on Sunday, September 11, so a courtesy shuttle service will be running from Woking Station to the garden.

Travel by train: save 25 per cent on your garden entry ticket, present your valid train ticket at the ticket office to claim your discount.

Access needs and car parking

A visitor passes a display of amaryllis on the WS Warmenhoven stand. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

If you have accessibility needs but do not have a blue badge, contact the events team at wisley@rhs.org.uk or 01483 224 234.

There is a limited number of additional parking permits for car park one, allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There are shuttles available from car parks 4 and 5, so permits should only be requested if an absolute necessity.

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