Get Ready for the Great Garden Quest this Summer

Tuesday 15 July 2014

A rip-roaring adventure for all the family at RHS Gardens from 24 July – 31 August

Children and families are invited come along to their nearest RHS Garden and join in the rip-roaring Great Garden Quest. Would-be adventurers will meet Drusilla the friendly dragon, whose flames have been stolen by wicked trolls, and set out on an adventure to reclaim them – learning exciting new skills along the way. Squelch your way through barefoot trails, get up close to giant millipedes, fire-bellied toads and other bugs and beasties, learn archery and sword fighting, make dragon-poo seed dumplings, wands, treasure boxes, puppets and much more. The Great Garden Quest is sponsored by Witan Investment Trust. Different adventures and activities will be running at each garden throughout the summer. See www.rhs.org.uk/RHS-Great-Garden-Quest

Great Garden Quest at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey
Set out on a mystical quest to find the stolen dragon fire, solving clues and pixie riddles on the way. There is a packed programme of fun workshops each week to teach kids skills and help them make things that they will need to complete their mission.

Learn blacksmithing, woodcraft skills and see some rip-roaring axe and chainsaw action from the GB Timbersports team. Marvel at snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, giant snails and more at the Wiggly Wild Show – hold the creatures if you dare! Brave our 500-metre barefoot trail blindfolded to squelch and tiptoe your way through mud, water, bark and other sensory surfaces. Design a costume, a wizard’s hat, maps, models, origami, treasure and more. Learn sword fighting and archery or settle down with a story. Some sessions require advanced booking; for more details see: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Wisley-Great-Garden-Quest
 

Great Garden Quest at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire
Create your own family adventure this summer, with the Great Garden Quest. Take on the challenge, befriend the dragon and learn lots of exciting new skills along the way.

Staying strong and healthy is key to any quest, so kids will be taught how to plant their own healing herbs and nutritious food to make sure they are ready for adventure. Story-catcher making and interactive storytelling sessions will inspire and delight would-be adventurers. Be bewitched by bugs and search for creepy crawlies in the garden meadows. Learn mythical new crafts including dragon puppet making and ancient quest map drawing. Meet fabled creatures, sing songs, learn archery and orienteering, marvel at birds of prey and laugh at outdoor theatre extravaganzas. Some sessions require advanced booking; for more details see: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr/Articles/Great-Garden-Quest-at-Harlow-Carr
 

Great Garden Quest at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon
A fun-packed summer of activities is planned on the Great Garden Quest at RHS Garden Rosemoor this year. On the Dragon Quest Trail kids can explore Rosemoor, befriend a dragon, distract the troll and dodge the giant spiders as they collect runes, solve puzzles and complete tasks to claim victory and a prize! Activities will include magical mapmaking, sword fighting and archery, crown, headdress or wizard’s-hat designing, crafting a treasure box, making potions and perfumes from petals and leaves, willow spiders, wands and swords and outdoor theatre.

Kids and adults alike will be able to get into the questing spirit with a visit to the Journeys into Middle-Earth exhibition (until 25 August), which features original illustrations from J.R.R.Tolkien’s iconic books and a collection of Tolkien memorabilia. Other Middle-Earth activities include dressing up (with a guest appearance from Gandalf), visits to our Halfling House, dodging the giant wicker spiders in the woodlands and more. Some sessions require advanced booking; for more details see: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor/Articles/Great-Garden-Quest-at-Rosemoor
 

Great Garden Quest at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex
Come along to RHS Garden Hyde Hall this summer and join the adventure. Each week there will be something new to do, discover or make as you embark on your quest to save Drusilla the Dragon’s fire from the wretched trolls.

Learn how to build shelters and dens to provide shelter on your way. Equip yourself for anything with headband, hat, wand, mask, badge and crown crafting. Discover and grow the plants that will heal and feed you on your journeys. Make Green Man clay faces, dragon-poo seed dumplings, miniature magical people and more. Some sessions require advanced booking; for more details see: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/Articles/Great-Garden-Quest-at-Hyde-Hall
 

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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
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/harlowcarr
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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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 www.rhs.org.uk

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