RHS Announces Winter Events Programme

Wednesday 8 October 2014

RHS Events, December 2014 – February 2015

This winter the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is putting on new walks, art exhibitions, Christmas activities, food fairs, family days out, workshops, scarecrow building and more. There will be events and activities to delight and inspire every garden lover.

If you would like to attend or cover events please contact stephanieshepherd@rhs.org.uk. Here are a few highlights, for full details see rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson:

December

NEW Winter Walk, RHS Garden Wisley

Explore this newly created winter walk with full of winter scents, colours and textures. With architectural outlines softened by modern mass plantings and new views to enjoy.

Bark Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Winter is the ideal season to explore Wisley’s wonderful collection of trees from all over the world. Pick up a trail guide, enjoy the intricate bark textures and discover more about bark.

4 Oct – 4 Jan: International Garden Photographer of the Year, RHS Garden Wisley
View a selection of striking, prizewinning images from the 7th year of this prestigious competition, together with the best images from the 2013 RHS Photographic Competition.

25 Oct – 24 Dec: The Wisley Christmas Shop, RHS Garden Wisley
Author and BBC presenter Clare Balding will open the Christmas Shop on 25 Oct at 2pm and sign copies of her books. Find gifts for all the family and seasonal decoration for every style.

22 Nov – 22 Feb: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Pick up a trail guide and see how many sculptures you can discover. Free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings.

26 Nov – 7 Dec: Christmas Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The Christmas Art Exhibition features a range of works by popular Yorkshire artists. A wide variety of styles are on offer including landscape, botanical, prints and more.

6 – 7 Dec: Children’s Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Make cards, angels and decorate biscuits at this fun, glue-and-glitter workshop. Storytelling sessions with Father Christmas at 10.30am, 11.45am or 1.30pm. Places are limited, normal garden admission applies, plus additional cash payment of £2 per child.

6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 – 24 Dec: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Decorate gingerbread men, post a letter to Santa and wrap up for Harlow Carr’s winter garden. Warm up with a treat from Bettys Café Tea Rooms and go gift hunting.

7 Dec: Christmas Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor will be laden with festive treats and local produce including cheese, meats, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and more. Stock up on goodies in the run up to Christmas.

13 – 14 & 20 – 21 Dec: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Spellbinding stories from Father Christmas's favourite elf and the Christmas Tree Fairy, plus join in with jolly japes, special songs and write your letter to the great man himself.

13 – 14 Dec: Garden Birds at Christmas Talk, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Learn how to encourage birds into your garden this winter with bird tables and feeders, growing berrying plants and by creating shelters. Talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

13 & 14, 20 – 24 Dec: Christmas Stories with Santa, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
For something extra special this Christmas, enjoy a storytelling session with Santa. Find a spot to settle down, and snuggle up for a truly enchanting experience.

13 Dec – 4 Jan: Decorated Christmas Trees, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Open to individuals or groups who want to show off their creative flair by using natural materials to create Christmas trees. Trees will be provided (extra charge of £10 per tree). Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

15 – 23 Dec: Shopping in the Christmas Spirit, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Get into the Christmas spirit at the Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre. Find ideas for creating hampers, gift wrapping, samples and general merriment every day.

17 Dec: Christmas Table Decorations, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Join Sue Rogers for a session on how to create a seasonal arrangement for the festive table. All materials included in the price. Fee: RHS members £22, non-members £30.

20 Dec – 4 Jan: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Story Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Enter the magical world of Narnia on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Story Trail, presented by the Rose Theatre Kingston. Discover a land of fantastical creatures where only the most intrepid can save Narnia from the White Witch’s spell (not 25 or 31 Dec).


January

7 Jan: Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Encourage your little ones to become budding gardeners! This fun and informal club will provide a wealth of ideas to help stimulate an interest in gardening. Normal garden admission applies, plus additional cash payment of £2 per child.

8 Jan: Pruning Shrub Roses and Wisteria Workshop, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Join the Hyde Hall gardeners for a master class demonstration on late-winter pruning techniques for shrub roses and wisteria. This session will take place outside so please come appropriately dressed. Fee: RHS members £12, non-members £21.

17 Jan – 8 Mar: Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
See exotic butterflies take flight among plants in the tropical paradise of the Glasshouse. Marvel at the colours and sizes of the butterflies flying around Wisley’s ‘jungle’, if you’re lucky one might even land on you! Normal garden entry applies. Beat the queues and pre-book a time slot for weekends and half term at booking open from Dec. Round off your trip with one of the butterfly-decorated cookies and cupcakes that the Taste of Wisley bakers are making.

17 – 18 Jan: Garden Birds and The Great Garden Bird Watch with the RSPB, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Free event in the Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre.


February

1 – 22 Feb: Get Creative Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The Get Creative Exhibition is all about acquiring new skills and there will be plenty of demonstrations and opportunities to get inspired to take up a new craft. Tempt the artist within with do-it-yourself kits, craft materials, beads and wools.

4 Feb: Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Encourage your little ones to become budding gardeners! This fun and informal club will provide a wealth of ideas to help stimulate an interest in gardening. Normal garden admission applies, plus additional cash payment of £2 per child.

11 Feb: Designing with Plants Workshop, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Gain an insight into creative and innovative planting design. Ideal for starting a new garden or planning to refresh an established area. Fee: RHS members £12, non-members £21.

14 Feb: Scarecrow Making, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Gather the family together for some good old-fashioned fun. Basic scarecrow kit is provided, but visitors will need to bring clothes to dress their scarecrows. £8 per kit, booking essential.

14 & 15 Feb: The Giant Scarecrow Competition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Get a group together and build a life-size scarecrow to be displayed in the garden throughout half term. Visitors can vote for their favourite and the winning group will get a growing starter pack worth £100. Pre-booking essential. £10 ticket covers a group of up to 5 people.

18, 21 & 22 Feb; Scarecrow Making Workshops, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Bring along your old, unwanted clothes and make a life-sized scarecrow to go on display at Rosemoor until Easter. Let your imagination run free and create a character to really give the birds a scare! £7 per family / scarecrow kit.

14 – 22 Feb: February Half Term – Wakey Wakey Wildlife, RHS Garden Wisley
Learn about butterflies, their special senses, and how to plant their favourite flowers. Make pipe cleaner dragonflies, flapping butterflies or caterpillar hats. Activities vary daily.

14 – 22 Feb: February Half Term – Wakey Wakey Wildlife, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr is celebrating all things wildlife as the garden begins to come alive after the cold winter months. Whatever the weather there will be indoor craft activities and an outdoor trail to suit all ages, so wrap up warm and come join in the wildlife fun.

15 – 23 Feb: Children’s Half Term Fun – Wakey Wakey Wildlife, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Go wild at Rosemoor with range of wildlife themed happenings this February half term. Activities include bird mobile making, animal mask crafting and scarecrow building.

16 – 20 Feb: Children’s Half Term Fun – Wakey Wakey Wildlife, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Celebrate all things wildlife with a great range of art and craft activities at Hyde Hall this February half term as the garden begins to come alive after the cold winter months.

28 Feb: Vintage Book Floral Arrangement, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Bring new life to a vintage book by creating a colourful floral display within its pages. All materials included in the price. Fee: RHS members £30, non-members £39.
 

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Notes to editors

For more information and images, please contact Stephanie Shepherd in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or stephanieshepherd@rhs.org.uk
 
Photographs are available to download at www.rhs.photoshelter.com. Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact pressoffice@rhs.org.uk to gain access.
 

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Gardens

The RHS has four gardens across the UK:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcar r

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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