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RHS gardens events September 2019

Echinacea at Harlow Carr
Echinacea at Harlow Carr

From sculpture trails to outdoor cinema

Enjoy the start of autumn with vibrant colours in the RHS’s four gardens.

Until 22 September: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, Wisley
Discover more than 100 sculptures, all available to buy, by some of the South East’s finest artists. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Until 1 December: Sculpture at Wisley, Wisley
An exhibition with work from six eminent sculptors including Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick and Tracey Emin. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

1 September: Autumn Plant Fair, Harlow Carr
Shop for rare and unusual seasonal plants from regional plant heritage nurseries, with talks and demos from experts. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

Dahlia
Dahlia with water-resistant bee, RHS Harlow Carr

2 September–14 October: Photographer of the Year Competition, all gardens, dates and times vary
View winning images celebrating the best in creative photography of flowers, plants, outdoor spaces and wildlife. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

2 September–10 November: Autumn Sculpture Trail, Harlow Carr
Showcasing sculpture from Yorkshire artists for 70 days to celebrate 70 years of the garden’s development. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

3–8 September: Wisley Flower Show
The biggest garden flower show, with 55 nurseries, more than 20 trade stands, and floral displays by the National Dahlia Society and the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

6 September: Open Air Cinema – Bohemian Rhapsody, Harlow Carr
Watch a celebration of Queen, their music and lead singer Freddie Mercury in the surroundings of the garden at dusk. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

Marion Watkinson in the National Dahlia Society Show tent at Wisley Flower Show. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Marion Watkinson in the National Dahlia Society Show tent at Wisley Flower Show. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

6–8 September: Autumn Artisan Craft & Design Fair, Rosemoor
Gifts and home and garden items from dozens of independent West Country traders and makers. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

6–22 September: The Open Art Exhibition, Rosemoor
More than 85 artists from the South West take part in the annual Art Exhibition. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

7 September: Open Air Cinema – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Harlow Carr
Sing along to this sequel as the cast prepares for the grand reopening of Hotel Bella Donna. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

7 September–26 ­October: 70 Years of Harlow Carr Exhibition, Harlow Carr
See photos spanning seven decades since the Northern Horticultural Society first signed the lease to turn Harlow Carr into a garden and plant trials ground. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

Autumn at RHS Wisley. Picture; RHS/Adam Duckworth
Autumn at RHS Wisley. Picture; RHS/Adam Duckworth

10 September–13 October: Wood & Paper Showcase, Harlow Carr
Items include paper cutting, jewellery and arts and crafts inspired by trees. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

14–15 September: Cyclamen Society Weekend, Rosemoor
Specialist growers, competition and find beautiful and unusual varieties to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

14–15 September: House Plant Weekend, Hyde Hall
Learn how to create a green oasis at home with plant displays, workshops and sales. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

18 September: Wednesday Walkies, Wisley
After-hours opening until 8pm for dogs. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show
Dahlias at the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show. Picture; RHS/Adam Duckworth

19 September: Garden Evening – Exotic Garden, Wisley
Guided tour of the Exotic Garden after hours with the Curator and the experts who care for the tropical plants. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

21 September: Photography Morning, Wisley
Capture the autumn beauty of the gardens before they open, with early entry for photographers at 7.30am. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

21–22 September: Autumn Plant Fair, Hyde Hall
30 specialist regional nurseries to help get the garden looking good for autumn. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

21–29 September: Vision Art Group Exhibition, Hyde Hall
See and buy work from eight artists, in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, stained glasswork and textiles. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s topiary. Picture; RHS

22 September: Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair, Rosemoor
Specialist regional nurseries selling unusual plants to brighten your garden in the autumn. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

27–28 September: Real Ale, Gin & Music Fest, Rosemoor
Live music in the Garden Room as well as a chance to sample local real ales and gin.  www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

28 September: Open Air Cinema – Mary Poppins Returns, Hyde Hall
Bring a blanket and a picnic as everyone’s favourite nanny comes to the rescue of the Banks family once again. 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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