Why Wis­ley?

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I was ini­tially so dis­ap­pointed with the re­sults of the Wis­ley Ap­pren­tice shoot in issue 63 (Septem­ber 2016). Af­ter a day of tu­ition and good weather, as read­ers, we still knew lit­tle about the gar­dens from a pho­to­graphic point of view. The sweep­ing path­ways lead­ing to Hid­cote-like viewpoints, the wildlife, the in­ti­mate scenes from the hide or smaller gar­dens, sweep­ing land­scapes link­ing the gar­den to its sur­round­ing ar­eas, exciting bor­ders filled by con­trast­ing colours, the ma­jes­tic trees planted singly or in groups, rare plant life and so much more… all miss­ing. So much to be taught from one venue.

Then I looked at your shots. I could take those in my gar­den. Then I got it! But that did not mean I did not want to learn about the other things I men­tioned. Jeremy Lamey, via email

With the Ap­pren­tice, we try to give tips on shoot­ing a type of sub­ject, rather than a spe­cific one, so we were keen in this case to help peo­ple take bet­ter pho­tos of gar­dens rather than just bet­ter pho­tos of RHS Wis­ley, which not ev­ery­one can visit. If you could take the shots in your own gar­den, that’s fan­tas­tic!

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