View the opening day presentations taken from our live feed and screened on the 10 June - be one of the first to have a look inside the new building.
The state-of-the-art Welcome building at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, will enable the RHS to do more than ever to help people get Greening Great Britain.
We launched 'Greening Great Britain' in April to encourage everyone to grow more plants across the UK to bring significant benefits to our health and the environment.
The new Welcome building features a beautiful, spacious and airy arrivals hall with a 100-seater table-service restaurant, cafe and shop selling gardening and artisan products.
Alan Titchmarsh said: 'Millions visit Wisley every year to be inspired by the horticulture on display and now the RHS flagship site will be a permanent showcase to celebrate specialist UK growers, just as it does at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and its other world-famous events. These plant specialists lovingly grow the rarest, most unusual and beautiful varieties in the world, which thrive in UK gardens because they’re so used to our climate.'
Spectacular Plant Centre
The Plant Centre, covering 5000sqm and the size of four Olympic swimming pools, will stock tens of thousands of plants and feature displays by specialist UK growers all year round. This means there will be a larger variety of rare and unusual plants available for people to buy for their homes and gardens.
Country Garden Plant Sales (Dorset) will display ferns, including the new ‘Jurassic Gold’ which has golden leaves and can withstand very cold temperatures. W.D Smith and Sons (Essex) will display pelargoniums, many with unusual scents including orange, pine, rose and cola. A large range of dahlias, including some the size of dinner plates, will be presented by Pheasant Acre Plants (Bridgend). Peonies by Primrose Hall Nursery (Milton Keynes), hostas by Stafford Lake Nursery (Woking) and acers by Credale Nursery (Herefordshire).
To meet the growing houseplant trend, there will be more houseplants available than ever before. Plants with air-purifying qualities are being bought in greater numbers by gardeners, ferns are enjoying a resurgence and cacti are becoming even more popular.
Alan added: 'If the UK’s army of 27 million gardeners were to only buy from specialist UK growers, we would be protecting the UK from pests and diseases coming in from abroad; helping pollinators which need a diverse range of plants in order to survive; and supporting this vital industry that is worth more than £24 billion to the UK economy.'
Alan Titchmarsh, RHS Ambassador.
Elegant and beautiful landscape
Visitors can enjoy world-class horticulture on arrival with new landscaping by multi-award-winning designer, Christopher Bradley-Hole. We will plant 250 native trees around the car-park and visitors will enter the 240-acre garden through an avenue of cherry trees.
Once inside the garden, visitors can explore new areas including the 75-metre long Wisteria Walk, The Exotic Garden and Heather Landscape with ornamental grass borders.
The Welcome building and landscape is the first of three major projects that make up a wider £70 million transformation of RHS Garden Wisley. The second is the creation of the UK’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, opening in 2021, and the restoration of its iconic Laboratory.
Get social with us
Alan Titchmarsh will promise to get Greening Great Britain by continuing to promote and buy from specialist UK growers.
Get involved and share your promise too by using the #GreeningGreatBritain hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Post a photo or video to show us what you’re growing and tag the RHS, we'll be sharing our favourite posts.