RHS Garden Harlow Carr WHATS ON April & May 2016

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Enjoy events, exhibitions, courses and workshops at RHS Garden Harlow Carr throughout April & May

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire is a great place for fun with the kids during the May half-term holidays. For those looking for plant inspiration, there is a Spring Plant Festival including a new Tulip and Daffodil Show, alpine gardening demonstrations and a Rhododendron Show, or why not book a place on one of our adult education courses? For full details visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson


1 – 30 April: Bath House Gallery – Paper & Printing Showcase
Pop along to the historic Bath House at RHS Garden Harlow Carr to discover work by local printmakers who will showcase their craft throughout April. A wide range of printing styles will be on display and handmade books, paper art and intricate paper cut pieces will be available to buy. Normal garden admission.

11 – 15 April: National Gardening Week – Health, Horticulture and Happiness
A wide range of health-focussed activities will take place in the garden to celebrate National Gardening Week. Enjoy morning Tai Chi, ‘Meet the gardener’ sessions, kitchen garden tours and outdoor cookery demos focussing on the Friday featuring healthy ‘plot to plate’ recipes. There will also be a ‘Tree of Thoughts’ so visitors can tell us what gardening means to them. Normal garden admission applies, except for Friday 15 April when entry to Harlow Carr is free for National Open Gardens Day.

15 – 17 April: Alpine Gardening Demonstrations
The Alpine Garden Society will demonstrate the cultivation and planting of alpines in lightweight containers with lots of advice for novice growers. Demonstrations run from 11am – 4pm and normal garden admission applies.

30 April – 1 May: Spring Plant Festival
Celebrate the best of spring gardening at the Spring Plant Festival in conjunction with Plant Heritage. Specialist nurseries will sell a range of beautiful plants. This hugely popular event will provide inspiration for your own garden and a wealth of advice and information alongside the RHS Tulip and Daffodil competition.

1 – 29 May: Bath House Gallery - Art & Photography Showcase
Whether you like traditional oils and watercolours or modern photography, there will be a wide choice of styles to choose from including work by regulars such as Teresa Boast and Nikky Corker alongside artists exhibiting for the first time.

5 May: Children’s Storytime, 10.30am start
Children can enjoy a storytelling session where tales of great garden adventures and little garden creatures will be told. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-fives. Normal garden admission.

14 – 15 May: Rhododendron Show
Competitors from across the north of England will showcase the very best camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons the region has to offer at this popular two-day annual show. The Harlow Carr Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia group will be on hand to offer advice and expertise and will celebrate the garden’s beautiful collections of rhododendrons during special woodland walks. Normal garden admission.

28 May – 5 June: May Half-Term Family Fun – Scouting for all
Celebrate 100 years of cub scouting by getting closer to nature this May half-term. Youngsters can learn about the great outdoors on a special trail through the garden’s woodland; learn how to tie knots and strike a fire on an outdoor workshop; make your own catapult, pitch a tent and develop your pioneering, signalling and tree identification skills. Normal garden admission.

28 May: Children’s Woodland Festival
Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate will kick start May half-term at Harlow Carr with a one-day Children’s Woodland Festival. Celebrate Bettys ‘Trees For Life’ project by joining us for an outdoor adventure including music, entertainment, storytelling, a woodland trail, face painting and the chance to learn some interesting facts about trees. Normal garden admission.


Wednesday 27 April, 10am - 4pm: Willow twigwams for climbing plants
Make a support for your favourite climbing plants: sweet peas, French beans or clematis. Willow craftsman, Phil Bradley, will demonstrate a variety of willow weaving techniques so you can produce your own plant support to take home. RHS members £66, non-members £74. Call 020 3176 5830 to book your place.

Friday 13 May, 10am - 4pm: Willow hares
Harlow Carr’s large willow hares are much loved and admired. Learn how to make your own smaller version, with willow craftsman, Phil Bradley, who will guide you through the willow sculpting process. RHS members £66, non-members £74. Call 020 3176 5830 to book your place.

Monday 16 May, 10am - 12noon: Garden walk - Growing in straw bales and other media
Learn how to grow fruit and vegetable in straw bales, an ideal growing medium for tomatoes, squashes and a wide variety of edible crops. RHS members £26, non-members £34. Call 020 3176 5830 to book your place.

Monday 23 May, 10am - 12.30pm: Garden Walk – Talking turf
Take the mystery out of lawn care with advice on mowing, weeding and feeding, aeration and tining from Harlow Carr’s turf and estate specialists. RHS members £26, non-members £34. Call 020 3176 5830 to book your place.

Friday 27 May, 10am - 5pm: An introduction to flower and plant photography
Award-winning photographer, Steve Gosling, will teach relative newcomers to photography about the basics: controlling exposure, depth of field, setting ISO, understanding file formats and composition. RHS members £86, non-members £94. Call 020 3176 5830 to book your place.

For more information about RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson  or call the garden direct on 01423 565418.

Please contact Ali Aston, Marketing & PR Executive with any press queries on 01423 724693, email aliaston@rhs.org.uk  or Sasha Jackson-Brown on 01423 724651, email sashajackson@rhs.org.uk .


Notes to editors

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

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: 020 3176 5820, 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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