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Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: Visit to the Alpine House at RHS Wisley April 2007

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Includes a visit behind the scenes at Wisley's Alpine Area

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Contribution from John Humphries 17 April 2007, 19:46top / bottom of page
Iris Society Species day at Wisley

Af if you need an excuse to visit Wisley. The British Iris Society Species Group hosted a day at the Hillside Event Centre. A wonderful day it was too.

With talks from Tony Hall, Jim Archibald and Brian Matthew, the day was packed with more information than you'll find in many books, not that this will necessarily lead to better cultivation by yours truly as all too often a tantalising slide was displayed with the commentry, "almost impossible in cultivation".

However, opportunity was given not only to marvel at the slides and accumulated experience, but also some splendid plants on display.

We also were given the opportunity at lunchtime to have a peek behind the scenes in the Alpine Yard.

Contribution from John Humphries 17 April 2007, 23:10top / bottom of page
The South Africa House

When I first saw this last March it was empty having just been built.

The South Africa House

Now however there are two main plunge beds, for summer and winter flowering plants, allowing one to be dried off while the other comes into growth.

I haven't asked specifically, but the bottles of gas outside would suggest there is the opportunity to keep this house "frost free"

Access Frames

Outside there are two major access frames. Saxifraga

Access Frames

Sempervivums

Contribution from John Humphries 17 April 2007, 23:41top / bottom of page
The main Stock House is very impressive

With several raised plunge beds all half filled with sand and the lower half filled with rubble.

The main Stock House is very impressive

Only a year ago these were simple aluminium benches only a few inches deep.

There are still 2 of the old benches, housing the cyclamen collection.

Which do have the advantage of providing some shade for the lower layer under the bench.

Contribution from John Humphries 18 April 2007, 00:44top / bottom of page
This is especially true in the Arisaema and Fern house
This is especially true in the Arisaema and Fern h

Sorry about that being a bit lop sided.

Underneath the bench was absolutely crammed, and in very deep shade.

Contribution from John Humphries 18 April 2007, 01:00top / bottom of page
Next door and completely painted out
Next door and completely painted out

Again crammed as you might expect with an excellent collection.

Which has additional shading in addition to the whitewash.

Also spilling over to outside shaded plunge beds

More woodlanders under slatted shade

Trillium chloropetalum With the slatted shading very evident.

More woodlanders under slatted shade

Anemonella and others besides

Finally, the smallest house

With the greatest treasures.

Finally, the smallest house

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