RHS Garden Harlow Carr Hosts First Flower Show

Thursday 2 June 2016

• Three-day floral extravaganza to include more than 30 specialist nurseries and trade stands • First flower show for most northerly of the RHS Gardens • Floral displays set in glorious surroundings of the garden in June

RHS Garden Harlow Carr will host its first flower show from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June 2016. This three-day floral extravaganza is set in the stunning surroundings of the most northerly of the RHS gardens.

More than 30 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands will be dotted throughout the 58-acre garden. Visitors can browse, buy, and pick up advice from the very best in the business. A wealth of beautiful herbaceous perennials and summer bedding plants will be on display throughout the long summer weekend - from alliums, agapanthus and alpines to hostas, hydrangea and heuchera - making this the perfect opportunity to pick up something special for the garden. A selection of garden sundries will also be available to buy including fair trade plant pots, accessories and hand-crafted garden furniture.

Flower Show visitors can also enjoy a packed programme of expert talks and demonstrations hosted by Martin Fish, well-known garden writer and broadcaster, former Harrogate Flower Show director – and Harlow Carr’s new Garden Advisor. Highlights include flower arranging demonstrations by BBC2's The Big Allotment Challenge judge and award-winning floral designer, Jonathan Moseley, question and answer sessions with members of the RHS Garden Advice Service and talks by a selection of nurseries.

June is a perfect time to appreciate the garden in its early summer splendour – from the inspiring allium displays, to the increasingly renowned spectacle of the garden’s Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis) and candelabra primulas by the Streamside, thought to be one of the longest streamside gardens in the country. Flower show visitors will also be able to enjoy Harlow Carr’s summer sculpture trail in the garden with beautiful works from local artists and a 12 foot willow sculpture of the Big Friendly Giant. Internationally-recognised landscape artist David Starley will be artist in residence throughout the weekend and will capture the show in a series of oil paintings.

Live music from a harpist, brass ensemble and string quartet will provide the perfect accompaniment to the show and there will be plenty of opportunities to recharge the batteries with a cup of tea and a cake at Bettys Café Tea Rooms or Bettys Tea House in the heart of the garden.

Liz Thwaite, Head of Site at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: “After 15 years of running Harlow Carr, the RHS has decided it is time to celebrate the very best in horticulture in the north with our first RHS Flower Show. We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming leading plant specialists from across the country and delighting visitors with world-class horticulture in a world-class garden.”

The new RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show will be the highlight of the garden’s yearly programme of events which already includes spring festivals, craft exhibitions and plant fairs.

Visitors are advised that only disabled and pre-booked coach parking is available at the garden. Public parking is located at the Great Yorkshire Showground - drivers should follow SatNav HG2 8QZ to the Brown Car Park at the Great Yorkshire Showground, which will be clearly signposted. A complimentary park and ride service will be in operation with buses to and from RHS Garden Harlow Carr every 15 minutes from 9.30am – 6.30pm.

Entrance to the show is included in normal garden entry and the show is open from 10am – 5pm each day.

Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details and times.


Notes to editors

Please contact Sasha Jackson-Brown on 01423 724651/email sashajacksonbrown@rhs.org.uk  or Hannah Dolby on 020 7821 3042, email hannahdolby@rhs.org.uk .

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 – 10% off with all online ticket purchases (except groups)
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: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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