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RHS gardens May events

Purple tulips look great against a terracotta background, RHS Harlow Carr
Purple tulips look great against a terracotta background, RHS Harlow Carr

Take a break and enjoy quality time

May is a busy month for gardeners but it’s worth down tooling and visiting one of the four RHS gardens for some inspiration.

Here are the events for the month:

1 May: Questions & Answers, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Hosted by the Potting Shed’s Sarah Chesters, the knowledgeable team will be ready to answer those tricky gardening queries. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

2–6 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Meet some of the finest craftspeople in the UK. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

3–6 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Dozens of artists and makers selling fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and more, featuring craft demonstrations, music and food. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

Rosemoor
Ferns in front of the bridge over the stream at Rosemoor. Picture; RHS/Mark Bolton

Spring Plant Fair

4–5 May: Spring Gardening Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover all that is wonderful about gardening in spring, including Plant Heritage’s Spring Plant Fair on Sunday, as well as growing and cookery demos. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

4–6 May: Spring Design For Living Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Discover contemporary artwork and crafts, including handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, clothing, handbags and glasswork. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

5 May: Mammillaria Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover Mammillaria and Coryphantha cacti, with expert advice and plants for sale. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

7, 14, 21 & 28 May: Garden Tours, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Join the Friends of Harlow Carr for a tour of the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

9 May: Meet the Designer – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Garden Wisley
See a preview of a Chelsea Show Garden, meet the designer and hear inside stories on what it is like to design an award-winning garden. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Wisley
Wisley’s wild garden

Experts on wildlife

11–12 May: Wildlife Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Learn about the wildlife found in gardens and beyond with local experts, and enjoy guided estate walks. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

11–12 May: Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair and Bonsai Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Shop for rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from nurseries under the Plant Heritage banner and discover bonsai with displays and advice. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

11 May–9 June: Glasshouse Display – Late Spring Pelargoniums, RHS Garden Wisley
See vibrant displays of more than 100 varieties of this favourite South African perennial. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

16 May: Garden Evening – Wisteria, RHS Garden Wisley
Join RHS Garden Wisley’s Curator Matthew Pottage for an exclusive talk about one of the garden’s signature plants, wisteria. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

16 May–18 June: Ceramics & Glass Showcase in the Bath House Gallery, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Local artists and craftspeople display a range of ceramics and glass techniques. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

Craggle Top Treehouse at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SiRA Studio
Craggle Top Treehouse at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SiRA Studio

Rosemoor’s live events

17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 & 31 May: Rosemoor Live!, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A packed programme of events including a talk by Chris Beardshaw, live music from ABBA Forever and a performance of Alice in Wonderland. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

25 May: British Iris Society Summer Show, RHS Garden Wisley
See collections of summer-flowering iris along with a photographic exhibition, expert advice and plants to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

25–26 May: Children’s Gardening Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Kids big and small can make seed bombs, plant tomato seedlings, create their own Thumbelina-style rock gardens and enjoy a daily stage show courtesy of the Garden Detectives. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

25–27 May: Anglian Potters Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The Anglian Potters will be showcasing the best in East Anglian ceramics, with a chance to purchase unique pieces. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

25 May–2 June: Get Set, Grow! Half Term Family Fun, all gardens, dates and times vary
Head to the RHS Gardens to try out practical gardening activities, crafts and games and fascinating trails to discover seasonal highlights. 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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