From kids’ space adventures to dry stone walling
Here are August’s main events at the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens – please check at www.rhs.org.uk if you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Until 21 August: Rocket Science Exhibition, Rosemoor, Devon.
Made up of photographs and panels from Exeter University together with those from the RHS Rocket Science exhibition at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2015. Vote for the vegetable you think would be best to take into space.
Until 29 August: Rocket Science Summer Holidays, Rosemoor.
Drop-in activities for families run Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. The activities vary daily and include cosmic crafts, storytelling and puppet theatre workshops. Intergalactic trails are available every day 10am-6pm, collect a guide from the visitor centre.
4 and 12 August: Scything for Beginners, Rosemoor.
UK Ladies Scything Champion Andi Rickard has held her title for five years. The skill has been making a comeback, partly helped by a scene in Poldark, and is an environmentally-friendly way to cut grass and wildflower meadows. Scythes and other tools will be available to buy from Andi.
4-7 August: RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, Essex.
Four-day floral extravaganza, free for RHS members. About 60 specialist nurseries and trade stands will be there, including 16 suppliers and nurseries that have never been at the show before. There will also be a diverse selection of gardening sundries and furniture. The Floral Art Marquee has displays created by Essex floral artists to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. New for 2016 is the Artists’ Pavilion.
6-7 August: Orchids for Everyone weekend, Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire.
See large displays of orchids by three Northern societies, watch potting demonstrations and get growing advice.
12 August: Gardening with Bats in Mind, Hyde Hall.
A one-hour guided tour of the Hyde Hall Hilltop Garden, plus advice on growing bat-friendly plants.
13 August: Romeo and Juliet Theatre Performance, Hyde Hall.
The Pantaloons give Shakespeare’s tale of ill-fated love a fresh twist, featuring music and audience interaction. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets.
13 August: Growing Vegetables for Autumn/Winter, Harlow Carr.
Make the most of your plot by learning how to grow vegetables for harvesting during winter and spring.
18 August: Fruit for Smaller Gardens, Rosemoor.
Tutor Peter Earl discusses which types of fruit can be grown in a small garden.
19 August: Space Tea Party, Hyde Hall.
Enjoy an intergalactic experience with a space-themed tea party.
19 August: Botany for Gardeners – Flowers, Fruits and Seeds, Wisley, Surrey.
A practical workshop finding out about the function and structure of plant parts through an illustrated talk. Suitable for those with no experience of botany or microscope use, covering the basics up to GCSE level theory. Includes a light lunch and refreshments.
20-21 August: Dry Stone Walling (Advanced), Harlow Carr.
Two-day training course where you will dismantle and rebuild a section of dry stone wall with structured tuition. Open to any reasonably fit and well adult. Tea and coffee and all workshop materials and tools are included, but bring your own lunch and protective and suitable clothing for working outdoors (including steel toe cap boots or strong boots, gloves).
21 August: Classic Car Day, Hyde Hall.
Classic and Sports car clubs on show.
25 August: Harvesting and Preparation of Seed, Wisley.
How to harvest seed from your own plants.