It’s the fifth day since I landed in the UK and the weather has been cool and drizzly much like Seattle in the autumn. (On second thought, it’s really like any season other than summer in Seattle.) Though unlike the Pacific Northwest the UK gets regular summer rain, which is probably why everything is quite green and lush here. What’s also different is that the woodland here is primarily deciduous, whereas we are very coniferous in Seattle. I also learned that Surrey – the county Wisley is located in – is the most wooded county in the UK. Either way it feels like home here.
Speaking of home, I will be living with three other people in the house and they are all trainees working towards a RHS certificate or diploma of professional horticulture. Everyone is very friendly here and frankly I am glad that I am not the only one living in the house anymore. Our ‘Induction Programme’ started yesterday with move-in and a barbecue, and ends today with orientation. Next week I begin my work rotation and I start with the Science Department, which is located in the building here:
For the past couple of days I’ve been visiting the different gardens within Wisley and it’s quite a large space. The 240 acres includes, but is not limited to, a glasshouse, orchards, arboretum, and lots and lots of gardens. Wisley is not a botanic garden, so collections of species, ornamental cultivars, and hybrids are curated and used freely. Here are a few photos I took on my walk over to the offices in the morning.
I took more photos, but I am running out of time to post them. There is more coming, so stayed tuned!