Tuesday 9 June 2015
Enjoy a full programme of events, exhibitions, courses and workshops
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate is hosting an exciting programme this July. From lazy summer music evenings on the lower lawn to Alice in Wonderland-inspired summer holiday activities, and from seaside-themed exhibitions to vegetable growing workshops, there will be something to interest all the family. For full details visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson
9, 16 and 23 July: Lazy Summer Evenings
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Harlow Carr as dusk settles on three Thursday evenings throughout July. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine or treat yourself at Bettys Tea House in the garden. There will be live music on the lower lawn from 6 – 8pm. Last entry is 7.30pm and the garden closes at 9pm. Members can bring two guests free of charge and non-members pay half-price admission after 5pm.
11 – 12 July, 10am – 4pm: The National Sweet Pea Show
Top Sweet Pea growers from up and down the country enter this prestigious weekend-long national competition which promises visitors the sights and breathtaking scents of what can only be imagined from hundreds of vases filled with Sweet Pea blooms. Members of the National Sweet Pea Society will be on hand to offer expert advice, and bunches of their beautiful surplus blooms will be on sale. Normal garden admission.
14 – 15 July: Oddsocks Much Ado About Nothing
Harrogate International Festival’s thespian favourites, Oddsocks, present a musical mayhem of Shakespearean proportions. The Bard’s witty battle of the sexes is peppered with pop classics as the story of a smitten soldier, true love, and romantic deception play out to a soundtrack featuring White Wedding, Tainted Love and Holding Out for a Hero. Doors open at 6.30pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £17 adults, £10 children (7–16yrs), £11.90 students, and £3 for under-7s; tickets are available by calling 01423 562303 or visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com. Bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.
25 July – 31 August 2015: Summer Holidays: Adventures in Wonderland 10am – 4pm
Head to Harlow Carr during the summer holidays for a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carrol’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Families can enjoy outdoor activities, trails and craft workshops and there will be live music every Sunday from 12 – 4pm by Bettys Tea House in the garden – perfect for a lazy, ambient afternoon with the family. Sponsored by Witan Investment Trust. Normal garden admission.
To 5 July: Summer Art Exhibition
This exhibition features artworks in various media – from traditional to quirky and unique – there really is something to delight everyone. Works are available to purchase. Normal garden admission.
7 July – 2 August, 10am – 4.30pm: Harlow by the Sea Exhibition
Soak up the atmosphere of the coast and seaside at this year’s Harlow by the Sea Exhibition at the garden’s historic Bath House. Browse through paintings, arts and crafts, homeware and jewellery inspired by long summer days at the beach. Normal garden admission.
ADULT EDUCATION COURSES & WORKSHOPS
Wednesday 1 July, 10am – 4pm: Creating a scented garden
Learn how to create a beautiful and fragrant space within your own garden and discover the therapeutic uses of fragrant plants. There will be advice on the choice of plants to ensure fragrance throughout the year, a guided walk through Harlow Carr’s scented garden and the opportunity to take cuttings from the teaching garden. Members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
Saturday 4 July, 10am – 4pm: Linocut – From Ideas to Ink
This practical workshop will take beginners on the printmaking journey by teaching the basic skills of drawing, designing, cutting and printing using plant forms. Participants will produce a simple, monochrome print to take home. Members £60, non-members £68. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
Saturday 18 July, 10am – 12.30pm: Sustainable gardening
Learn the principles of sustainable gardening and their practical application in your home at this informative talk and walk. Find out about the use of green manures, home composting and providing habitats for wildlife by creating meadows, log piles, winter shelter and choosing pollen-rich perennial plants. Members £25, non-members £33. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
Monday 20 July & Monday 27July, 10.00am – 4.00pm (continues Monday 3 August & Monday 10 August): Vegetable Growing Summer School
This popular four-day summer school gives budding kitchen gardeners the knowledge to grow vegetables successfully at home all year round. The course includes in-depth classroom-based talks, practical activities, tasting sessions and guided walks around Harlow Carr’s Kitchen Garden. Members £240, non-members £272. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
Thursday 23 July, 10am – 12 noon: Guided walk – An introduction to aquatic and marginal pond plants
Discover the variety of aquatic and marginal plants used in and around Harlow Carr’s stunning water features. There will be information about plant care and tips on how to maintain a well-balanced water environment. Members £25, non-members £33. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 July, 10am – 4pm: Botanical Painting – Plants and their Ecological Niche
This new course combines painting in watercolour with a pencil drawing of a plant of your choice in its natural environment. The combination of pencil and watercolour provides an exciting contrast which gives the image a real sense of depth. Members £193, non-members £225. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
Wednesday 29 July, 10am – 12 noon: Guided Walk – Planting and maintaining a herbaceous border
Find out how Harlow Carr’s stunning herbaceous borders were planned and developed and learn how you can maximize interest in your own garden all year round. The guided tour covers soil preparation, planting selections and maintenance regimes. Members £25, non-members £33. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.
For more information about RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr or call the garden direct on 01423 565418.
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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB (satnav HG3 1UE)
The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March – 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)
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: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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