Get Garden Inspiration at the Spring Plant Festival Weekend 30 April – 1 May 2016

Tuesday 26 April 2016

• Browse and buy beautiful spring plants • Enjoy a new daffodil and tulip show • Get expert advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team


Spring has finally sprung in Yorkshire, and to get the gardening season off to a flying start the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is holding its first weekend-long Spring Plant Festival at its most northerly garden in Harrogate on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May (10am–4pm).

In partnership with Plant Heritage, local and specialist nurseries will be setting up shop in the grounds of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, selling a range of beautiful seasonal plants. Tulip and daffodil growers will also be staging displays for the RHS Late Daffodil and Tulip Competitions, designed to show off the best of spring bulb colour from UK growers.

Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, says: “Traditionally, we’ve held a one-day Spring Plant Fair at this time of year, which has proved so popular that we’ve decided to make it a weekend-long event, with the added bonus of an RHS Late Daffodil Competition and an RHS Tulip Competition for visitors to enjoy.

“Spring is a great time of year to visit an RHS Garden and get some inspiration for your own garden. The weekend is also a chance to buy quality plants from some of the best growers in the North.”

As well as specialist talks and garden tours, visitors will also be able to take advantage of the RHS Gardening Advice team who will be at Harlow Carr throughout the weekend. The knowledgeable team – usually based at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey – will be on hand to offer expert advice on all aspects of horticulture, as well as help with plant and disease identification. Visitors are invited to bring along their own samples.

Normal garden admission applies and plant sales are by cash only. Visit  or call 01423 565418 for more details and times.

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Notes to editors

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

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 £10.00
Family (2 plus 2) £25.50
Children 5 – 16yrs £5.00
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £9.00

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 more than 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: For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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