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RHS gardens January and February events

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

Walk away the winter cobwebs

January events

5–20 January: Rob Munday Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Wisley
The Little Black Gallery brings holographic artist Rob Munday’s hyper-realistic photo boxes to the Glasshouse Gallery, for a look at exotic blooms in 3D. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

5 January–7 February: Japanese Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
See handmade pictures in the style of Hiroshige, the last great master of the Ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) tradition using woodblock printing techniques, as the garden hosts its first exhibition of Japanese art. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

8, 15, 22 & 29 January: Woodland Walks, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Take a guided walk around Hyde Hall’s woodland with one of the garden’s volunteers and learn about changes through the seasons. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

11 January: Winter Walk and Talk, RHS Garden Wisley
Join the curatorial team on a walk and talk around the garden and learn about the plants that put on a show in the coldest months of the year, plus what to look out for in the coming months. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley 

Harlow Carr
Alpine house snowdrops at Harlow Carr

19–20 January: Gardenalia Sale, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Head to the Garden Room to browse new and vintage ornaments, furniture and decorative finds. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

26 January–3 March: LEGO™ Jungle Discovery, RHS Garden Wisley
Take a safari around the Glasshouse to spot life-size LEGO™ jungle animals and plants whilst learning about their habitats and diets. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

February events

2 February–3 March: Embroidery Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Head to the Library to see an embroidered depiction of the red Cornus stems and silver birch trees on Harlow Carr’s Winter Walk, produced by the Richmond & Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

2–3 February: Snowdrop Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Discover rare and unusual varieties to buy from some of the UK’s top growers and nurseries, and join guided walks to see drifts of snowdrops around the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

The Chinese Pavilion in the snow at RHS Garden Wisley. Picture; Carol Sheppard/RHS
The Chinese Pavilion in the snow at RHS Garden Wisley. Picture; Carol Sheppard/RHS

5, 12, 19 & 26 February: Woodland Walks, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Take a guided walk around Hyde Hall’s woodland with one of the garden’s volunteers and learn about woodland changes through the seasons. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

7 February: Children’s Storytime, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Youngsters can enjoy a storytelling session in the Library where tales of garden adventures and little creatures will be heard. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

9 February–3 March: ‘Lost Words’ Mosaic Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover the world of modern mosaic, featuring works by more than 20 Yorkshire-based artists depicting a selection of ‘lost words’ related to nature and the countryside which are said to be disappearing from children’s lives. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

9–10 February: Scarecrow Making Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Bring along old clothes, pick up a scarecrow kit and get creative – imagination is the only limit in this annual make, which sees 60 scarecrows dressed as everyone from Princess Leia to Buzz Lightyear. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

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

9–10 February: Orchid Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Join some of the UK’s top orchid nurseries to see some of the most beautiful and unusual varieties, choose plants to buy and ask advice from expert growers. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

9–10 February: RHS Early Spring Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
In its first year at Hyde Hall, expect to find inspiring displays of beautiful and unusual early spring-flowering bulbs and plants from top growers and nurseries. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

16 February: Rosemoor Live! with Jason Donovan, RHS Garden Rosemoor
80s TV and pop legend Jason Donovan brings his ‘Amazing Midlife Crisis’ tour to North Devon with a mix of personal stories and some of his best-loved songs. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor 

16 February–3 March: February Half-Term Family Fun – Eco Superheroes, all gardens, dates and times vary
Embark on an eco-hunt around the four RHS Gardens and enjoy adventures, including creating bug hotels, learning how to compost, discovering the health properties of plants and the benefits of being outdoors. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

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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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