RHS Announces Autumn Events Programme

Wednesday 16 July 2014

RHS Events, September 2014 – November 2014

This autumn, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is bringing together shows, festivals, exhibitions, foodie activities, family days out, talks and more with events and activities to delight and inspire every garden lover. Here are just a few of the highlights:

If you would like to attend or cover any of the events please contact stephanieshepherd@rhs.org.uk 
Most events are free with garden entry but some have an extra cost associated. For full details please check www.rhs.org.uk

23 Aug – 28 Sept: Exhibition: Surrey Sculpture Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Contemporary or traditional, find your favourite from around 60 inspirational sculptures by some of the South East’s established and emerging artists. All sculptures are available to buy.

1 – 14 Sept: Exhibition: Textiles in the Garden, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
An exciting and colourful exhibition of textile art by ‘Chelmsford ’93’, using a wide range of traditional and contemporary textile techniques. There will be a range of items for sale.

2 – 7 Sept: RHS Wisley Flower Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy the delights of this spectacular, yet informal late-summer show which includes the National Dahlia Society Annual Show with more than 100 exhibitors. Browse, buy and get advice from more than 60 nurseries and garden tradestands.

5 Sept: Library Pop-up Gardening Heritage Talk: ‘On the Home Front: War-time Gardening’, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This talk is one in a series of ‘pop-up’ displays and illustrated short talks, fondly exploring aspects of our gardening heritage. Led by garden lecturer and writer Marilyn Elm, use will be made of the wonderful resource that is the RHS Lindley Library, together with selected artefacts from Harlow Carr.

5 – 7 Sept: West Country Craft Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
The West Country is a popular base for many craftspeople given the landscapes, materials and inspiration available. Rosemoor has brought together more than 40 artisans from across the South West to demonstrate the beauty and creativity of the products they make.

5 – 21 Sept: Exhibition: The Artists’ Garden, RHS Garden Rosemoor

More than 80 of the South West’s most talented artists are involved in this exciting and colourful exhibition of naturalistic pictures, prints and cards created using a variety of media. The focus is on gardens and plants as well as landscapes, seascapes and wildlife, and the range of images is eclectic in both style and price. All the work exhibited is for sale and the exhibition is stewarded by at least one of the participating artists each day.

5 Sept & 3 Oct: Course: Designing a Family-Friendly Garden, RHS Garden Wisley
This two-day course looks at creative solutions to practical challenges such as integrating play equipment and child-friendly spaces while retaining style and enjoyment. This course will suit those with a young family who want to use their garden for the whole family.

6 – 30 Sept: Exhibition: Sculpture Trail, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover each and every one of Harlow Carr’s new willow sculptures, as part of a bespoke garden trail that explores nature and wildlife in art.

7 Sept: Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Held in conjunction with Plant Heritage, specialist nurseries will be on site selling a range of plants. This hugely popular event will provide great inspiration for your garden at home, and a wealth of advice and information will be on offer.

7 Sept: RHS Secret Garden Sundays, RHS Lindley Hall
On the first Sunday of each month (from April) the Lindley Hall will give new gardeners a warm welcome, offering an informal environment where plant sales and gardening advice rub shoulders with food stalls and live music. For those looking for handy hints and tips, there will be gardening experts on hand providing advice, cooking demonstrations, seasonal tips from top florists, and gardening and craft workshops.

10 – 21 Sept: Exhibition: ‘Fragments of Nature’, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Members of the British Association for Modern Mosaic exhibit their work at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for the first time. Professional and amateur mosaic artists hailing from the North and Scotland will be exhibiting. Materials include stained glass, slate, ceramic tiles, smalti, broken china, found objects and more. Visitors can expect a huge variety of work, innovative designs and plenty of colour.

11 Sept: Course: Jams and Preserves, RHS Garden Wisley
This summer preserving workshop will help you get to grips with jam and preserve making, using luscious Wisley berries, herbs, vegetables, rose petals and fresh spices.

14 Sept: Wedding Inspiration Fayre, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor is one of the most exclusive wedding venues in North Devon. Meet some of the best local and national bridal industry professionals, and be entertained by a catwalk show and live classical music. The award-winning catering team will also be offering visitors sample canapés and a glass of fizz to enjoy while meandering around the marquee.

16 Sept: Early Evening Talk: ‘British Gardens in Time’, RHS Lindley Library
Garden history writer Katie Campbell explores how four great British gardens reflect the changing cultural values of their time in this talk. In the 18th century Lord Cobham used Stowe to express his growing disillusionment with the government he helped create; in the 19th century James Bateman used Biddulph Grange to proclaim – increasingly untenable – beliefs in creationism; in the 20th century the Messel family used Nymans to achieve social acceptability; in the 21st century Christopher Lloyd used Great Dixter to provoke and antagonise Britain's horticultural establishment. Doors open 6pm for complimentary pre-talk drinks.

16 Sept: Course: An Introduction to Felting Flowers with Gillian Harris, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover how to create felt roses, pansies, daisies or anemones from merino wool tops – you will even learn to make leaves and stamens. This full-day course will cover wet-felting and needle-felting techniques and is suitable for beginners or the more experienced.

17 Sept: Course: Lawn Care Question Time, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The lush green lawns at Hyde Hall are much admired and this is your opportunity to quiz the experts on how to get your lawn back into shape after summer. Booking essential.

19 Sept: Course: Garden Photography Master class with Clive Nicholls, RHS Garden Wisley
An illustrated lecture followed by practical sessions in the garden where participants can learn about the techniques honed by Clive over a 20-year career as a professional flower and garden photographer.

20 – 21 Sept: Autumn Plant Fair Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Autumn is the best time for planting and this event provides an ideal opportunity to stock up. Organised by Plant Heritage, this relaxed table-top fair is perfect for garden lovers.

20 – 21 Sept: Bonsai Weekend with Surrey Heath Bonsai Society, RHS Garden Wisley
Surrey Heath Bonsai Society presents a mix of plant sales, display and care information for the beginner through to expert.

21 Sept: September Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s Food Festival celebrates traditional local produce and organic foods including locally reared meats, handmade cheeses and English wines, plus a wide range of other tasty foodstuffs. The quality of the land, the access to the coast and the warm and damp weather conditions in the South West make it an ideal region for foodies, so bring your shopping bag and help to support local producers.

26 Sept: Course: Autumn and Winter Pots and Containers, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover how to make the most of your seasonal containers with plant suggestions and planting demonstrations. Learn about the correct care and maintenance of your containers and create your own winter container to take home.

27 – 28 Sept: Chilli Pepper Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
This event will be a true feast for your senses with cooking demos and talks by Saira Hamilton, MasterChef Semi-Finalist 2013, who will be serving up fine Bengali food. There will also be plant displays, food stalls, growing advice and a tasting table.

27 – 28 Sept: Malvern Autumn Show, Malvern Showground in Worcestershire
The Malvern Autumn Show is a celebration of food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. The event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more.

3,10,17 & 24 Sept: Friends of Harlow Carr Garden Tours, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A guided tour of the garden focusing on how Harlow Carr has evolved from a Victorian Spa to an award-winning RHS Garden over time. Tours take place every Wednesday at 11am throughout July, August and September.

4 – 5 Oct: Bird of Prey Displays, RHS Garden Wisley
A great weekend for discovering all about birds of prey. See these magnificent birds up close, with agility displays at 11am and 2pm on the Seven Acres Lawn.

4 – 5 Oct: A Taste of Autumn Festival – sponsored by Mr Fothergill’s, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Celebrate the autumn harvest and experience all that’s fresh and tasty this season, packed with expert advice, cookery demonstrations, tastings and interesting displays.

5 Oct: Apple Day – A Taste of Autumn – sponsored by Mr Fothergill’s, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A great day out for all the family, Rosemoor’s Apple Day is organised in conjunction with Orchards Live, Thornhayes Nursery and the RHS South West Area Fruit Group who will endeavour to identify your unknown apple cultivars. With fantastic apple displays; cookery demonstrations and apple recipes; tastings; planting & cultivation tips and talks; free face painting and children’s activities; plus stalls selling fruit, cider and apple juice – truly something for everyone to enjoy.

7 Oct: Early Evening Talk: ‘Inspiring Allotments’, RHS Lindley Library
Over the course of a year Lia Leendertz visited 31 of the most beautiful and unusual allotments in the UK and Europe, and interviewed the plotholders. In this talk she discusses the resulting book, a simple and beautiful appreciation of the allotment scene: from Jamaican allotment holders growing callaloo and pumpkins, to old boys sticking to the traditional methods, to forward-thinking growers looking for alternative ways of growing that work with our changing climate. Doors open 6pm for complimentary pre-talk drinks.

7 – 8 Oct: RHS London Harvest Festival Show, RHS Lindley Hall
See, taste and buy mouthwatering produce at the RHS London Harvest Festival Show, a foodie feast. Some of the best growers in the UK will exhibit their bounty in the RHS Fruit & Vegetable Competition. Celebrate at the RHS London Harvest Festival Late, which will take place in the Lindley Hall on 7 October from 6pm to 9pm, and will feature fun with fruit and vegetables, as well as natural food and drink from organic producers.

8 – 19 Oct: Exhibition: Paul Franklin Photography, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Celebrated local photographer Paul Franklin will be exhibiting a range of his work including abstract, wildlife and landscape photography. A range of merchandise will be available to buy, from mounted and framed prints to fridge magnets and greetings cards.

14 Oct – 2 Nov: Exhibition: Anna Mason, RHS Garden Wisley
RHS gold medal-winning botanical artist Anna Mason will exhibits a collection of bold and vibrant original paintings and prints on the theme of fruit in The Glasshouse.

15 – 19 Oct: Taste of Autumn Festival – sponsored by Mr Fothergill’s, RHS Garden Wisley
Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season on a big autumn day out. There’s tasty produce from an abundance of food stalls and Wisley apple tastings. There are also talks & demonstrations and fruit identification.

18 – 19 Oct: Autumn Festival – sponsored by Mr Fothergill’s, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Celebrate everything that is autumn, with colourful displays of fruit and vegetables, local produce and apple pressing, juicing and tasting. Children can enjoy a mini farm and take part in longest-apple-peel competitions.

18 – 19 Oct: Autumn Antiques & Collectors Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Devon County Antiques Fairs organises another of its popular events here at Rosemoor with a number of carefully selected stallholders from across the South West and beyond, selling a wide variety of antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and pockets. An early opportunity to pick up a unique Christmas present or two.

21 – 22 Oct: RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, RHS Lindley Hall
The show will be packed with autumn planting inspiration to extend the gardening season. Specialist nurseries from around the UK will be exhibiting colourful displays, and a wealth of advice is on offer from some of the best growers. In 2014, for the first time, the show will also feature exhibits of botanical art alongside the RHS Photography exhibition.

22 Oct – 5 Nov: Exhibition: Artists in the Garden, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A group of local artists and makers have collaborated to show their latest work in this exhibition including handmade contemporary jewellery, textiles, stained glass, ceramics, turned-wood pieces, prints and paintings. You can meet the individual artists, get insight into how their work is produced and, if you choose, buy high-quality pieces directly from them.

25 Oct: Children’s Pumpkin Carving, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Time to get creative and carve a fun design or scary face on a pumpkin! Pumpkins available for sale at the garden (while stocks last).

25 – 26 Oct: Pumpkin and Woodcraft Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
See artisans at work on traditional crafts, including woodturning, carving, whittling, basket weaving and spinning. Get ready for Halloween by carving your own pumpkin at lantern-making workshops, with pumpkins supplied at £1 each. You can also take the Pumpkin Trail around the garden and learn how to cook delicious pumpkin-based dishes at cookery demonstrations each afternoon. Enjoy free face painting by Devon Face Painting, too.

25 Oct – 2 Nov: October Half Term Family Fun – Repulsive Plants & Frightening Food, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover the world of repulsive plants and frightening food in a fun-filled week of family activities and workshops this half term at Harlow Carr. Take part in an exciting garden trail or get creative with a range of crafts with activities including 3D cactus art and frightening-face biscuit-decorating workshops. Plus, plant up your own scary plant pal or explore the world of strange plants with Wack’s Wicked Plants. Whatever the weather you are sure to keep the whole family entertained this half term!

25 Oct – 2 Nov: October Half Term Family Fun – Repulsive Plants & Frightening Food, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A host of family activities including: craft workshops; snapping Venus’ fly trap making (complete with insects!); an interactive promenade performance from Pregnant Fish Theatre Company, featuring the strangest, smelliest and silliest plants around; and much more.

25 Oct – 2 Nov October Half Term Family Fun – Repulsive Plants & Frightening Food, RHS Garden Wisley
Because plants can’t get up and run away from their predators they have evolved an extraordinary array of defensive mechanisms against insects and animals. Learn all about caterpillar spit, carve a pumpkin, design a spider cupcake, climb a tree, hear tall stories and make a pumpkin hat. Activities vary daily; some activities require booking in advance.

27 – 1 Oct: Apple Display with the Northern Fruit Group, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A feast for the eyes and nose: lots of cultivars of locally grown apples will be on display. Bring your unidentified apples along and members of the Northern Fruit Group will be on hand to help, along with giving plenty of advice on selecting, growing and maintaining your apple trees.

28 – 31 Oct: Children’s Half Term Fun – Repulsive Plants & Frightening Food, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Time for some spooky fun including making slime and cabbage water, scary flowers and veg heads! Normal garden admission applies, plus an additional cash payment of £2 per child.

30 Oct & 13 Nov: Course: Nuts and Bolts, RHS Garden Wisley
A two-day studio study course. This professional-level course aims to marry design detailing with the production of successful construction drawings from a design perspective for practicing garden designers and keen amateurs. A design scenario will enable you to work through a range of details such as retaining walls, paving, water and steps. Day Two will look at the production of working drawings and the conversion from loose-sketch sections into finished drawings.

2 Nov: Secret Garden Sundays Christmas Special, RHS Lindley Hall
A Secret Garden Sunday with a Christmas feel. The Lindley Hall will give new gardeners a warm welcome, offering an informal environment where plant sales and gardening advice rub shoulders with food stalls and live music. For those looking for handy hints and tips, there will be gardening experts on hand providing advice, cooking demonstrations, seasonal tips from top florists, and gardening and craft workshops.

7 Nov: Free Day Friday, all RHS Gardens
Enjoy a free day out at any of the four RHS Gardens. Sample some of the benefits of RHS membership for yourself and get a taste of the gardens in their late-autumn splendour.

7 – 23 Nov: Exhibition: Just Makers Christmas Craft Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Find inspirational and unique gifts at Harlow Carr’s Christmas Craft Exhibition. A wide range of items handmade by local craftspeople will be exhibited, including beautiful jewellery, textiles, felt, woodwork and more. Complete your shopping experience with a trip to The Harlow Carr Plant Centre & Shop, where you can pick up a range of gardening gifts for loved ones.

15 – 30 Nov: Exhibition: Tales from Beyond a Tangled Wood, by John A Howells, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A photography exhibition inspired by the wild magic found in places and landscapes. The result of journeys near and far by photographer John A Howells, these moments are gilded glimpses of another world. Come and explore the visions that can be seen if you are prepared to take a look at life from a different perspective and peek beyond the obvious.

20 Nov: Course: Making and Using Plant Dyes, RHS Garden Wisley
Learn the basics of producing rich, warm and subtle colours from plant dyes. Sarah Chesters, ex-costume designer, will provide short demonstrations of various processes followed by time to experiment. The workshop will use common and unusual plant material for colours and natural plant fibres and sheep’s wool for dyeing. Learn about mordants, extracting the colour, overdyeing, how to use a microwave for small quantities and a conventional hob and dye-pan for larger amounts. All materials provided.

18 Nov: Early Evening Talk: ‘Maximum Flavour, Minimum Labour’, RHS Lindley Library
BBC science presenter James Wong gives his foodie’s guide to measurably improving the flavour and nutrition of home-grown crops, using cutting-edge techniques that are positively easier than conventional gardening rules. From tomatoes to sweet corn, strawberries to pears, James will be revealing exactly what to do to up the sugars, raise the aromatic compounds and remove the bitterness in a wide range of conventional crops using unconventional methods. Doors open 6pm for complimentary pre-talk drinks.

20 Nov: Festive shopping event, RHS Garden Wisley
Special guest and RHS Ambassador Mary Berry will be opening the Wisley Christmas Shop and signing copies of her books. Sparkling seasonal decorations, unique gifts, plants and books will make Christmas shopping a pleasure. Sample seasonal food gifts, mince pies and winter-warming drinks.

22 – 23 Nov: Essex Craft & Design Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The ideal opportunity to buy a unique Christmas gift at this well-established and high-quality show. All of the exhibitors are UK-based and create their own work. The variety and wealth of this home-grown talent means that you can buy a piece of original art or craft and meet the artist who created it.

22 – 23 Nov: Christmas Craft and Design Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Start your Christmas shopping at this fantastic two-day Christmas Craft and Design Fair, where you will find exciting gifts on display on every stall. The fair focuses on the beautiful and unusual, so you are guaranteed to find something for everyone.

22 Nov – 22 Feb: Exhibition: Winter Sculpture, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition continues into 2015 with an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, throughout the garden. Pick up a trail and see how many sculptures you can discover. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings.

25 – 30 Nov: Christmas Craft and Design Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Browse and buy from more than 150 of the finest craftspeople in the country for original and unusual Christmas gifts. Please note the Craft Fair is held outdoors in the Garden.

26 Nov – 7 Dec: Exhibition: Annual Christmas Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The winter art exhibition features a range of leading Yorkshire artists in a showcase for the very best artwork from around the region. Pieces will include a range of art forms including landscape, floral, botanical, animal studies, whimsical and feel-good art. Along with pencil drawings, printmaking, handcrafted woodturnings, original cards and prints, this exhibition will be full of Christmas inspiration.

27 Nov: Children’s Story Time, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Come at 11am and join a storytelling session at Harlow Carr, where tales about great garden adventures and little garden creatures will be told. Each session will be followed by a short walk or song. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-5s.


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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 CM3 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. 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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