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RHS gardens December events

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Wisley Glasshouse on a frosty winter's day. Picture; Carol Sheppard/RHS
Wisley Glasshouse on a frosty winter's day. Picture; Carol Sheppard/RHS

Enjoy the run-up to Christmas in magical style

30 November–2 December & 7–9 December: Christmas Gift Fair with Made in Essex, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Find gifts and stocking fillers created by Essex-based artisans. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall  

Thursdays–Saturdays until 29 December: ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Special lighting effects bring a touch of magic and a burst of colour to the Lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Alpine House. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Thursdays–Saturdays until 5 January: ‘Glow’ Magical Garden Illuminations, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Follow the festive illuminations along a new route, extended to the Lake for the first time, with colour-changing lights brightening up trees, shrubs and sculptures. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

Until 5 January: Christmas Trees by the WI, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
WI members from Essex adorn the garden’s Christmas trees with hand-made decorations. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

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

Winter Sculpture Exhibition

Until 24 February: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Discover an eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of artists, available to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

1–2, 8–9, 15–16 & 18–23 December: Santa Stories and Gingerbread, RHS Garden Wisley
Join Santa for a Christmas story, decorate gingerbread and join in with crafting activities. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

1–2 December: Christmas Antiques Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Pick up a present or two, with antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and budgets. Organised by Devon County Antiques Fairs. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

1–2, 7–9 & 14–24 December: Stories with Santa, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Join Santa for a tale, a sing-along and a Christmas gift. Booking essential. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Rosemoor in winter
The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden in winter at Rosemoor, Devon.
Picture; RHS/Mark Bolton

The Magic of Christmas

1–2, 7–9 & 14–24 December: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Enjoy festive crafts and follow a seasonal trail around the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

1 December–2 January: Christmas Glow, RHS Garden Wisley
Pick up a hot drink and follow the illuminated trail around the garden after dark to discover giant botanical light displays and a festive spectacle in the Glasshouse. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

8 December: Traditional Festive Wreaths Workshop, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Floral designer Sarah Pepper will demonstrate how to use dried fruits, ribbons, cones and seasonal foliage to create a traditional wreath. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

12 December: Behind-the-Scenes Laboratory Tour, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover what happens in the iconic Laboratory and gain an insight into the work taking place, including a visit to the Research Library, usually open by appointment only. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex. The Dry Garden in winter
Winter structure: The Dry Garden, RHS Hyde Hall, Essex. Picture; RHS/Jerry Harpur

Christmas Food & Craft Fair

15–16 December: Christmas Food & Craft Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Find hand-crafted gifts and seasonal food and drink at this festive fair in the Garden Room. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

15 December–20 January: Textiles, Prints and Photography Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A joint exhibition by Jenny Bone, Alan Dilly, Douglas Anderson and Kevin McDonagh featuring wildlife and landscape artworks. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

20–24 December: The Magic of Christmas Santa Experience, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Santa will entertain the family with a storytelling session in his magical workshop theatre, joined by his elves and Jack Frost as they help youngsters write a letter to Santa and prepare reindeer food ready for Christmas Eve. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

26 December: Boxing Day Woodland Walk, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a breath of fresh air on this circular family-friendly stroll with one of the garden volunteers. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

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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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