We are excited to announce the launch of a new William Robinson exhibition, opening on Thursday 16th May at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey.

The exhibition will be accessible throughout the summer, enabling gardening and nature enthusiasts to learn of William Robinson’s life, work, and his significant influence on modern gardening techniques.

The exhibition has been created and installed by the expert team at Wisley and is located within the Wisley Gallery. This immersive space is the perfect setting to quietly absorb William Robinson’s story, view the fascinating exhibition pieces, and reflect on the importance of his ethos to the challenges facing our natural world today – climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

The exhibition features rare drawings by H.G. Moon, unique paintings and William Robinson original books and letters, plus artifacts and imagery from over 100 years ago. All bringing the experiences, work, and teachings of the father of modern gardening to life.

William Robinson and RHS Garden Wisley are intrinsically connected, and his methods of wild gardening and resilient planting are still practiced within the environment there. William Robinson worked alongside George Fergusson Wilson on the original Oakwood Garden, this wild and serene garden can be found in the heart of Wisley.

It’s powerful that William Robinson is being recognised in this way and in such a well-loved setting. The exhibition will enable all visitors to learn about his influential work and the ongoing work of the William Robinson Gravetye Charity and the stewardship of the important woodland environment at the Gravetye Estate.

‘We are thrilled that the RHS is shining a light on the pioneering work of William Robinson. His wild gardening and resilient planting techniques were ahead of their time. The William Robinson Gravetye Charity is managing his beautiful estate in Sussex to continue his work and adapt his methods to address the challenges of climate change and nature loss, while allowing better public access to the estate. Any support you can offer the Charity to help us continue William Robinsons work would be gratefully received.’

Julia Grant, Chair – William Robinson Gravetye Charity

You can visit the summer exhibition with a RHS Garden Wisley general admission ticket. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm.