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RHS gardens September events

Harlow Carr
Autumn colour at Harlow Carr. Picture courtesy RHS/Lee Beel

Shows, workshops and courses at Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall, Wisley, Rosemoor

With the chance of an Indian summer or an early start to autumn, visits to the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens in September can be completely different from one day to the next – depending on the weather, of course.

The Jubilee Rose Garden at Wisley. Picture courtesy of RHS/Lee Beel

Here are the events, courses and workshops taking place at Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr, Wisley and Rosemoor.

Please note some require advance booking and additional costs:

Until Sept 25: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, Wisley.
The Surrey Sculpture Society is displaying 60 sculptures along the trail through the garden.

1 Sept: Summer Propagation, Hyde Hall.
Principles of basic propagation and learning how to grow new plants from existing ones.

2-18 Sept: The Artists’ Garden – An Art Exhibition, Rosemoor.

3 Sept: Gardening Starting from Scratch – 7, Rosemoor.
Tutor Ian Smith (Bicton College) teaches how to improve your garden with good design principles.

4 Sept: The Invisible World of Plants, Wisley.
A workshop exploring the world of high-speed, time-lapse, ultraviolet and infrared photography with expert photographer Adrian Davies.

6-8 Sept: The Magic of Watercolour Flowers (three-day course), Rosemoor.
Tutor Paul Riley was the youngest exhibitor in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. His watercolours have always been influenced by China and Japan and are evident in the fluidity of his brushwork. Day one: Colour Magic. Day two: flower composition. Day three: Using the Imagination.

Hyde Hall
Clover Hill at Hyde Hall. Picture courtesy RHS/Claire Campbell

6-11 Sept: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show.
Spectacular late summer show. For more details click here.

6-11 Sept: National Dahlia Society Show, Wisley.
Part of the RHS Wisley Flower Show. For more details click here.

8 Sept: Garden Walk – Planning for late colour, Harlow Carr.
See the garden in its autumn glory, including the maples and admire the hues in the arboretum.

Changing seasons at Rosemoor. Picture courtesy RHS/Oliver Kite

10 Sept: Starting from Scratch: A beginners’ guide to growing veg, Harlow Carr.
A full day workshop covering the essential basics to get you started growing vegetables.

13 Sept: Scented Plants, Rosemoor.
The walk will sniff out the best of the flowers and foliage on offer, with practical advice on how and where to grow the plants featured, and a comprehensive plant list to take away.

13 Sept: Propagation – the Next Steps, Wisley.
Learn how to increase your stock of plants with shrub propagation, hardwood cuttings, root cuttings and bulb propagation.

13 Sept: The Cutting Garden, Harlow Carr.
Learn how to grow cut flowers to enhance the outside and inside of your home.

Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr on an early autumn day. Picture courtesy of RHS/Lee Beel

14-16 Sept: Botanical Painting – Pale Flowers, Harlow Carr.
A white, cream or pale-coloured flower presents a challenge for the botanical painter. Beginners or experienced painters are welcome to attend.

14 Sept-4 Oct: The Bath House Gallery Showcase – Wood, Harlow Carr.

15 Sept: Hardy Exotic Plants at Rosemoor.
Tutor Rod Knight shows which plants to use to give your garden a touch of the exotic.

15 Sept: Colchicum Open Day, Hyde Hall.

20 Sept: Autumn and Winter Pots and Containers – 2pm, Wisley.

Harlow Carr
Shades of autumn at Harlow Carr. Picture courtesy RHS/Bethany Clarke

Bring colour and interest through to spring with seasonal containers.

20 Sept: Introduction to Japanese Ink Painting, Hyde Hall.
A workshop introducing the world of Japanese ink and the beauty of painting wild orchids.

21 Sept: Creating a Natural Woodland, Hyde Hall.
Create a mini native woodland area in your garden.

23 Sept: Close-up Photography with Clive Nichols, Wisley.
Illustrated lecture followed by practical sessions in the garden.

The Rock Garden at Wisley in autumn. Picture courtesy RHS/Carol Sheppard

24 Sept: Fun with fungi, Harlow Carr.
A one-day course on equipment needed and techniques used to obtain successful pictures of fungi.

24 Sept: Garden Design Secrets Unveiled: Sussex Prairies Garden, Wisley.
This series of lectures will put four famous gardens in the UK under the spotlight to find out why their designs work so well and translate different concepts and aspects with practical advice on how these can be recreated at home.

26 Sept: Fruit for Small Gardens, Wisley.
By choosing compact cultivars, dwarf rootstocks and restricted forms, fruit can be grown in even the smallest garden.

26 Sept: Storing and Preserving Fruit and Veg, Wisley.
Make the most of fruit and vegetables by storing them for use during the winter and into the ‘hungry gap’ in spring.

27 Sept: Propagation – the Next Steps, Wisley.

30 Sept: Garden Walk: Amazing Alpines, Harlow Carr.
Join alpine specialists on a tour of the beautiful alpine house.

For further information on the above events, visit www.rhs.org.uk.

Garden addresses

  • RHS Garden Wisley: Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB.
  • RHS Hyde Hall: Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford CM3 8ET.
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor: Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH.
  • RHS Harlow Carr: Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB.
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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