Garden Bloggers Bloom Day December 2009
What do you do in the garden in the winter?

Gardens at night, - Lumiere

I love the Christmas lights at this time of year, especially when they are used to highlight trees.  So when I found out to be that the RHS gardens at Wisley, were going to be putting on a celebration of light, I put it on my list of pre-Christmas event to visit.

The blurb for lumière reads

This Christmas leave a busy world behind, and allow us to tell you what we have in mind.Let us take you by the icy hand,and lead you to a garden winter wonderland; where spectacular lights cast a magic glow, and trees above are lit up from below. Follow the trail where lights lead the way, and enjoy a radiant end to your day.

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Now the photos aren't up to my normal standard as they are taken on my phone, but this evening we wrapped up warm and paid a family after school visit to Wisley to take in the lights.

The large oak tree by the entrance is dressed with red globes, and when I pointed this out to William, he said "I know i saw it from the car", - I thought at this point it might be a short visit, but from then on he was captivated, with the "magic lights" that were shining on some of the largest trees, the colours in the ponds, and the light sabres (upright glow strips) that were highlighting the grasses.

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The Glasshouse is gently lit, and although you can't go up to the top level, the cacti and tropical plants were fascinating shown in a completely different format from usual.

As a bonus, along the trail of lights, are over 70 Christmas trees, decorated by local WI groups, and apparently only using recycled materials. - It was a bit too dark for us to see them by the time we got there, but lots of cd,s foil stars and handmade angels made some spectacular displays, and I hope to go back later in the week to get some more ideas.

 lumiere is open daily from 4 to 6 PM  until the 3 January (last entry 5:30 PM except for certain Christmas holiday days) more details here

 we had a lovely family evening finished off with a mug of hot chocolate, the only downside being that the plant centre had already closed by the time we left, this probably saved me quite a bit of money!

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