RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview

Yorkshire garden holds second annual show, June 23-25

Harlow Carr Show
Thousands of Alliums pepper the Main Border at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SIRA Studio

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Harrogate’s Harlow Carr plays host to another three-day flower show, set against the backdrop of its stunning gardens.

There is a full programme of talks, demonstrations, and chances to shop for rare plants and unusual gardening paraphernalia at special show prices.

Once you’ve had enough, escape the crowds with a stroll in the garden: don’t miss the Streamside spectacle of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas and almost 8,000 alliums in the Main Border. Continue reading “RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview”

RHS garden events March 2017

Spring at Harlow Carr, Wisley, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor

Violinist Jessie May Smart poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly, at Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. Picture; Luke MacGregor/RHS

Until March 5: Butterflies in The Glasshouse, Wisley.
Step into the Wisley Glasshouse as it transforms into a tropical paradise with more than 6,000 free flying butterflies.

March 1: The Vegetable Garden in Spring, Wisley.
It’s time to get sowing for bumper crops to harvest in the summer and autumn.

March 1-28: Bath House Showcase – Wool & Textiles, Harlow Carr. Continue reading “RHS garden events March 2017”

January 2017 RHS garden events

Clear the cobwebs at one of England’s 4 RHS gardens

RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex. The Dry Garden in winter

Wrap up warmly and defy the elements to enjoy Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall, Rosemoor and Wisley in all their winter glory this month.

Don’t forget Harlow Carr’s spectacular winter walk, which is worth going for itself.

For bookable events and to check availability, visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens. Continue reading “January 2017 RHS garden events”

RHS gardens December and Christmas events

Festive fun for kids and plants and food for adults

Cornus Midwinter Fire and Betula Greywood's Ghost at RHS Harlow Carr
Cornus Midwinter Fire and Betula Greywood’s Ghost on Harlow Carr’s Winter Walk

Until December 24: Festive lunches and afternoon teas, Wisley
Two-course lunch, including a glass of prosecco and tea or coffee, £25 per person. Third course £5 extra.

Until December 31: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, Rosemoor
An exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, spread throughout the garden. Continue reading “RHS gardens December and Christmas events”

RHS gardens October events

Autumn colours and half-term fun

Wisley
The Rock Garden at Wisley in autumn

Spectacular autumn colour and brisk walks in the fresh air are what visits to the RHS gardens are about in October, as well as kids’ half-term events.

Here’s what you can look forward to this month:

Until Oct 4: The Bath House Gallery Showcase – Wood, Harlow Carr
Striking wooden pieces for the home as well as practical items, including tree-themed artwork and wooden jewellery. Continue reading “RHS gardens October events”

Rainy day at Harlow Carr

A whole RHS garden to myself

Wellies
Splashing around in wellies that give folk the vapours

Saturday’s torrential rain didn’t put me off going to RHS Harlow Carr (the other half was going to an FA Cup match down the road), so the opportunity of a lift was too good to miss.

If you’ve never been, or are put off by the thought it’s somehow exclusive, fear not. It’s the garden you come here for, not the tea room (more of that later).

When the weather is terrible, you’re assured of almost complete solitude looking around the borders, which are wonderful at this time of year and a great inspiration if your garden’s started to flag. Continue reading “Rainy day at Harlow Carr”