The RHS Bothy at RHS Garden Wisley

After making its debut appearance in the Great Pavilion at RHS Chelsea Flower Show back in May, the RHS Bothy then made its way down to RHS Wisley in Surrey, where it is now happily settled amongst the apple trees in the Orchard – the perfect spot beyond the World Food Garden and just across from the Vineyard.

Painted a beautifully deep shade of aubergine, as chosen by award-winning garden designer Pollyanna Wilkinson, the RHS Bothy complements the landscape of twisted old apple trees and grassland perfectly. Next year it will be surrounded by wildflower meadows and meandering paths that lead to its door.

The RHS Bothy amongst the apple trees

While the RHS Bothy is currently used to store bunches of dried flowers and grasses from the gardens and meadows, it won’t be long before it opens its door to visitors keen to learn more about the history of the Orchard, apple harvest, and sustainable practices.

The RHS Bothy stores dried flowers and grasses

Stepping through the oak stable doors of this model of the RHS Bothy, visitors will find a desk made from English ash, based on a traditional potting bench and detailed with laser-engraved sketches from Gertrude Jekyll’s personal sketchbooks – all the more cosy and welcoming thanks to the addition of an electric radiator and 240v electrics.

The English sweet chestnut door opens out to the Orchard

Find out more about the RHS Bothy and what you could use yours for by visiting our dedicated website page here

If you would like to watch a short video tour of The RHS Bothy at RHS Wisley, head over to our Instagram

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