Wednesday 18 November 2015
Enjoy festive events, a guided Christmas walk and starry-eyed strolls throughout the garden at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in December.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire is in full festive swing this month. Highlights include under-fives’ Stories with Santa sessions and gingerbread decorating. For full details visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson
Friday 4, 11 and 18 December: Christmas Stories with Santa
Under-fives are invited to snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale or enjoy a sing-along with the man himself at Harlow Carr’s popular Stories with Santa sessions which take place in the beautiful setting of the historic Bath House. If youngsters have been very good this year, there’s even a small gift to take home. Places are limited and must be booked in advance by calling 0844 581 0783. Additional fees apply.
4 – 6, 11 – 13 and 18 – 24 December: The Magic of Christmas
Decorate a gingerbread man, write and post a letter to the North Pole and explore the garden on a Christmas trail. Don’t forget to add a wish to the festive Wishing Tree. Families can also enjoy the creative handiwork of the Harlow Carr elves – otherwise known as the garden team – who have been spreading Christmas cheer by decorating trees, planters and garden structures with more than 500 stars made from willow. Stop off in the Harlow Carr Gift Shop & Plant Centre to buy a real Christmas tree, visit the penguins or find festive gift inspiration – from books and baubles to scarves and saucepans. Normal garden admission.
Friday 11 December, 10am – 12noon: Guided Winter Walk
Discover winter garden inspiration on a guided walk and talk with Garden Manager Katherine Musgrove. Visitors can find out how to brighten up their own garden and learn about the plants, shrubs and berries used to provide seasonal winter colour in the woodland, Winter Walk and ornamental borders at Harlow Carr. The walk ends with a mince pie, a warm drink and a potted holly to take home. RHS members £25, non-members £33. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
12 – 13 December: Christmas Shopping Showcase
Meet the makers and sample some of the festive delights on offer this year in the Harlow Carr Shop & Plant Centre. Well-known local food and drink suppliers including Farrah’s of Harrogate and Sloemotion will be on hand to talk about their products and hand out selected ‘try before you buy’ samples. RHS-endorsed tool supplier Burgon and Ball will offer a free book on topiary or eco-gardening with every purchase over £20 on the RHS tool range.
For more information about RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call the garden direct on 01423 565418.
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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
SatNav: HG3 1UE
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.
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)
Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
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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