Autumn Events for Garden Lovers

Monday 10 June 2013

RHS Events, September-November 2013

This autumn, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is bringing together the very best of gardening, with events and activities across Britain to delight and inspire every garden lover. Here are just a few of the highlights.

24 Aug-29 September; Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
More than 60 beautiful sculptures by some of the South East’s finest local artists will be displayed in a winding trail throughout the garden. All will be available to buy.

4-8 September; the Wisley Flower Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Experience the delights of Wisley in late summer whilst you browse, buy and get advice from 40 expert exhibitors including specialist nurseries, some of which are RHS Chelsea or Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners.

6-8 September; West Country Craft Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Come and support talented local craftspeople and artisans who take their inspiration from the landscapes and materials of the South West. Over 40 will be displaying a range of beautiful handmade items at Rosemoor’s craft fair.

6-22 September; the Artists’ Garden: Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Over 80 of the South West’s most talented artists are involved in this exciting and colourful exhibition of naturalistic pictures, prints and cards. The range is eclectic in style and price. All work is for sale and the exhibition is stewarded by at least one participating artist each day.

11-22 September; Textila Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Well established contemporary textile group Textilla are exhibiting wearable items and wall art, created using a range of styles and techniques, for visitors to view and buy.

27-29 September; Real Ale and Cider Festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s first Real Ale and Cider Festival features a range of interesting, unusual and quaffable real ales and ciders served direct from the barrel or available to take home. With food stalls and live music from local performers it promises to be a grand day out.

28-29 September; Chilli Pepper Weekend, RHS Hyde Hall
Explore the spicier side of vegetable growing at RHS Hyde Hall’s chilli festival. With colourful displays, stalls, advice and tastings it promises to be a real feast for the senses.

28-29 September; Malvern Autumn Show, the Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
The Malvern Autumn Show is a true celebration of gardening, the countryside, nostalgia and food. With plenty of activities to enjoy including cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more, the show makes for a great family-friendly day out.

6 October; Apple Day, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Organised in conjunction with Orchards Live, Thornhayes Nursery and the RHS South West Area Fruit Group, Rosemoor’s annual celebration of all things apple includes cookery demonstrations, tastings, fruit displays, planting and cultivation tips and talks and a host of activities for children. There will also be stalls selling fruit, cider and apple juice.

8-9 October; RHS London Harvest Festival Show, Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street & Vincent Square, London
Join in a celebration of the harvest and see, taste and buy produce from some of the best growers in the UK as they exhibit their bounty at the RHS London Harvest Festival Show. Tastings, live music, giant vegetable competitions and expert talks and advice round off the experience.

12-13 October; Taste of Autumn Festival, All RHS Gardens, RHS Wisley’s celebrations run from 16-20 Oct
Come and join as we celebrate the plenty of autumn across all RHS Gardens with food and drink stalls, tastings, talks, walks, expert advice and cookery demonstrations on how to cope with gluts of seasonal produce. RHS Grow Your Own is supported by Mr Fothergill’s.

16-23 October; Combined Harvest Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Artists Rachel McNaughton, Julie Cross and Vivienne Rawnsley exhibit a range of original paintings, prints and greeting cards for the public to both view and purchase.

22-23 October; RHS London Shades of Autumn Show
A show to give inspiration to those looking to extend the gardening season and learn about autumn planting from the experts. Featuring specialist nursery displays, tips, talks and advice plus a wide selection of plants to buy.

October Half Term,’Sense-ational Autumn’ All RHS Gardens
Get creative with hands-on art and craft activities aimed at children and based on exploring the senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing. Pumpkin carving workshops and Halloween themed activities will also be held on 26-27 October at RHS Garden Rosemoor and on 26 October at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

9-24 November; Christmas Craft Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A wide range of items handmade by local craftspeople will be exhibited and available to buy, including beautiful jewellery, textiles, felt, woodwork and more.

23 November 2013-23 February 2014; Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
An eclectic mix of beautiful pieces by a range of sculptors spread throughout the Garden. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale and free guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings.

23-24 November; Christmas Craft Fair, RHS Hyde Hall
Organised by the Guild of Essex Craftsmen, this weekend is an ideal opportunity to obtain special and unique handmade presents for family and friends at reasonable prices.

26 November-8 December; Christmas Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Back again by popular demand, the annual arts exhibition will be onsite featuring work from the very best artists from around the region.

27 November-1 December; Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Browse and buy from around 160 of the finest contemporary craftspeople in the country and find the perfect Christmas present in our heated marquee. Free for members, non-members £9, member’s guest £6, group bookings £8


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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
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CS3 8ET
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH

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. 200 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  

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About the RHS

The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

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

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