The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Osborne held a topping out ceremony this week (Tuesday 24 September) to mark the completion of the steel structure for the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey.
The new Centre, which will open in 2021, will be a ground-breaking centre for horticultural science and learning, helping to inspire the next generation of horticulturists and showcasing the RHS’s previously unseen scientific work.
Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne and Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS tightened the final bolt of the steel frame of the building and she was presented with an engraved spanner to mark the occasion. Around 100 people including key donors and supporters of the project attended and enjoyed a dynamic discussion about the future of gardening science and the horticultural skills crisis with botanist and broadcaster James Wong and RHS scientists Professor Alistair Griffiths and Dr Tijana Blanusa.
The National Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £4 million to support the project, which includes three new gardens surrounding the Centre.