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RHS gardens December events 2019

Silver birch and red-barked dogwood
Himalayan birch and red-barked dogwood at RHS Harlow Carr's Winter Walk

Celebrating the best of Advent…

Until 4 January: Glow, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Follow the garden illuminations of trees, shrubs, sculptures on a route that will take in the new Cool Garden and the lighting up of the Lake. (Thursday-Saturday except for Boxing Day). www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor


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Until 31 January: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
All sculptures are by UK-based artists and will feature old favourites George Hider and Paul Harvey alongside new exhibitors, such as Stan Jankowski whose copper and brass kinetic pieces include one specially commissioned for the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

Until 28 December: ‘Glow’, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Enjoy an illuminated trail around the trees and shrubs as dusk falls and see the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside, Doric columns and Alpine House all aglow. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

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

Stories with Santa

1 December, 6-8, 13-15 and 20-24 December: Stories with Santa, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Snuggle up for a Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and receive a small gift. Must be booked in advance at www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr.

1 December, 6-8, 13-15 and 20-24 December: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Get in the festive spirit on the Christmas trail and enjoy indoor festive activities. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

1 December and 6-8 December: Children’s Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Welcome in the festive season with a Christmas story and the chance to meet Santa. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

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

Christmas Gift Fair

1 December and 6-8 December: Christmas Gift Fair Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Find unusual presents from a wide range of artists and craftsmen. All items are handmade. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

2 December: Willow Christmas Tree Weaving, RHS Garden Wisley
Expert willow weaver Nicki Rowling will teach you how to weave a traditional Christmas tree. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

2-20 December: Weekday Christmas Lunches, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in a cosy atmosphere. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

Hyde Hall's dry garden
Verbena bonariensis in Hyde Hall’s dry garden in winter. Picture; RHS/Jerry Harpur

Children’s Storytime

5 December: Children’s Storytime, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Bring little ones along to Harlow Carr’s Library for a 10.30am seasonal storytelling session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-fives. Normal garden admission. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

7 December-5 January: Glow, RHS Garden Wisley
Follow the illuminated trail around the garden after dark to discover botanical displays in a new light. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

12 December: Explore Rosemoor’s Woodlands, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This walk will highlight the work being done to transform and maintain the diverse woodland plantings across the site. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

Harlow Carr
Alpine house snowdrops at Harlow Carr

Craft and Food Fair

14 December: Magic of Christmas Craft and Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Gifts, food and craft stalls in the Garden Room from carefully selected artisan traders from around the West Country. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

14 December: Contemporary Christmas Wreaths, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Create something different with this modern take on a festive decoration classic in this workshop. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

20-23 December: Magic of Christmas Santa Experience, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Santa will entertain families with a festive storytelling session in his magical workshop theatre, joined by his elves.  www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

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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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