On a freezing cold day, interspersed with fleeting rays of weak wintery sun, we made our way to the large Millenium glasshouse containing the temperate and tropical zones with their amazing collections of plants. What we hadn’t expected to see were several fantastic animal models, made from thousands of lego bricks, being set up for a new ‘Brick Safari’ exhibition (on until 3rd March).

We split into a number of small groups, some visiting the Kitchen Gardens and Bonsai displays whilst others went to look at the Winter garden displays. These inspirational plantings around the lake have been designed to show people what plants, trees and shrubs can be grown to provide maximum colour and effect in the winter garden. Imagine the scene: the coloured stems of dogwoods; the scented yellow and orange wavy flowers of the witch hazels; the pink coloured bark of the acers; the golden leaved Pinus ‘Winter Gold’; the lightly fragrant yellow flowers of the Edgeworthias; the lime-green flowers of the Hellebores. Hopefully, the pictures will show something of their magnificence.

Everyone had an interesting time and as an educational visit, it was a great success. So many animated questions, so much enthusiasm . . .

Our thanks to RHS Wisley for a wonderful day out!