RHS Garden Harlow Carr Launches its First Flower Show

Tuesday 8 March 2016

• Three-day floral extravaganza (10 – 12 June 2016) to include more than 30 specialist nurseries and trade stands • First flower show for most northerly of the RHS Gardens • Set in the spectacular surroundings of the garden in June

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is to host its first flower show from 10–12 June this year. From browsing and buying to gaining first-hand advice from horticultural experts in beautiful surroundings, the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show promises visitors a packed programme of talks and demonstrations as well as more than 30 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands.

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.

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.”

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey and RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex have held hugely successful Flower Shows for several years, with visitor numbers growing rapidly each year. Last year RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show experienced a rise of more than 8,500 visitors, reflecting the growing popularity of flower shows across the country.

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

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

There will also be plenty of opportunity to stop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake at Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Bettys Coffee Shop and Bettys Tea House on the day.


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For more information, please contact: Hannah Dolby on 020 7821 3042 email hannahdolby@rhs.org.uk  or Ali Aston, on 01423 724693 email aliaston@rhs.org.uk .

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr  0845 265 8070
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Opening times
Show open: 10am – 5pm
Garden open: 9.30am – 6pm, last admission one hour before closing.

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

Adults £11.00 (£10.00 without Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £5.50 (£5.00 without Gift Aid)
Children 4 & under Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children £28.25 (£25.50 without Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £7.95pp (booked in advance)

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: 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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