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”

Spring at RHS Harlow Carr

April showers lead to lush woodlands

Posing in front of a huge Rhododendron is a great slimming aid. All pictures by Gary Welford

Much as I love visiting Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, it never fails to rain when I’m there. It’s a mark of how good the garden is that you’re still prepared to walk around, even in the most inclement of weather.

Spring is a wonderful time to visit – those April showers mean the garden is bursting with life and colour, although the daffodils were mostly past their best.

It’s the best time to visit the tracts of woodlands and streamside gardens. Before the trees come into full leaf, the ground cover plants make hay while they can still see the sun – Epimedium, Pulmonaria, Anenome Continue reading “Spring at RHS Harlow Carr”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 show gardens

Accessible, fun gardens you can copy at home

A Little Bit of Magic from Horticap
A Little Bit of Magic from Horticap. All pictures; Gary Welford

The show gardens along The Avenue are an intrinsic part of the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows – simple but stylish designs with a lot of humour and little unnecessary artiness to put ordinary gardeners off. To me, medals don’t count here – it’s the ones that went down best with the public that matter (Horticap and Henshaws, that means you two)!

To me, medals don’t count here – it’s the ones that went down best with the public that matter (Horticap Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 show gardens”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 review

Jam-packed queen of gardening shows

Harrogate Spring Flower Show
Real Hort Couture… a Jenny Gillies outfit at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

It’s no secret that I love Harrogate’s Spring and Autumn Flower Shows, having been a visitor for many a year.

What better way to be greeted on National Wear a Flower Day than by a lovely gent at the entrance with a Gerbera?

The people, the plants, the food, the vast shopping opportunities and bargains – even if you pay full price tickets at the gate, you’re likely to save more than you spend – for example, I bought a large golden Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 review”

RHS Harlow Carr April events

Easter and National Gardening Week activities

Harlow Carr
Entrance to Harlow Carr in spring – Bettys Tea Room is in the background. Picture; RHS/SIRA Studio

The Royal Horticultural Society’s northernmost garden, Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, is well worth a visit, even if you don’t like gardening (there is a Bettys Tea Room there for starters).

It’s great for kids in the holidays, as there are loads of Easter-themed crafts and activities to keep them occupied and wear them out.

National Gardening Week also takes place this month Continue reading “RHS Harlow Carr April events”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 preview

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, April 20-23

Someone thought it would be funny for me to stand here…

I say it every year, but If you only go to one horticultural show a season, make sure it’s Harrogate (or push the boat out and make BOTH spring and autumn events).

Why? It’s good value, inspirational, down to earth, with great bargains from a huge variety of nurseries – shop wisely and you’ll make back your entrance fee on the money you save.

It’s also the only show my non-gardening partner will happily visit because there are so many other things going on – namely food and drink – to keep him amused.

This spring, floristry students gear up for their challenge to create floral bonnets – using the front half of a car as the backdrop for their team entries in the college competition. Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 preview”