Busy Bees at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Flower power fun for all ages in a variety of half-term events, Beekeeping and related crafts explained by local experts, Vote for your favourite ‘mini show garden’ made by schoolchildren

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire has joined forces with the Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association to expose the secret life of bees.

A Beekeeping Open Weekend will take place at the garden on Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May (10am – 4pm), and will lay bare the inner workings of these busy insects. Visitors will be able to view the garden’s working hive with professional beekeepers as well as watch demonstrations on candle making, honey extraction and skep making.

The weekend is part of the garden’s May half-term event, Superpower Flowers (Sat 23 – Sun 31 May), designed to welcome in the summer and encourage youngsters to discover and celebrate the hidden superpower of many flowers.

Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, says: “Our flower gardens are powerhouses for the country’s wildlife. The more pollen and nectar we provide throughout the year the more bees, butterflies and birds we will see in our gardens, so it’s important to find space in your garden for a floral feast that will give flower power and colour throughout the year.”

Youngsters can get their hands dirty by joining in with a superpower flower trail and fun craft workshops. Busy bees can join in the activities with the annual waggle dance on the lower lawn.

During the week, visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite ‘mini show garden’. More than 50 schoolchildren from 14 schools throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will design and create their very own wonderland-themed garden in a 1m x 1m wooden bed as part of the RHS Budding Gardeners competition. Harlow Carr Curator, Paul Cook, will judge the gardens for a number of awards including Best in Show, Most Original and the Curator’s Award. Visitors to the garden will have all week to vote for their favourite garden, which will win the People’s Choice Award.

Half-term activities vary daily: check the website for full details www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr or call 0845 265 8070.

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

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £8.95
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £7.95

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, 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. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing over 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us 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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