RHS Gardens Autumn Events Programme September-November 2018

Monday 23 July 2018

Autumn is the season of plenty, and nowhere more so than at the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gardens: RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex; RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon; and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. A vibrant programme of events will keep visitors inspired throughout the season, with activities including revelling in seasonal abundance at food and drink festivals, celebrating the beauty of wood, open-air cinema screenings and a host of talented artists exhibiting artworks of all kinds around the gardens. And don’t miss the grand finale of the garden show season at the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show from 4–9 September. For full listings, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens or contact the press office at carolinejones@rhs.org.uk.


Until 23 September: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover a variety of contemporary or traditional sculptures by some of the South East’s finest established and emerging artists while enjoying the beauty of the garden in early autumn.

Until 30 September: Floral Fantasia, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
In collaboration with Thompson & Morgan, this breathtaking display of more than 14,000 summer bedding plants in pots, containers and hanging baskets will provide visitors with a wealth of gardening inspiration.

1 September: Cinema Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Bring a blanket and a picnic and settle in for an evening of entertainment, opening with music and followed by an open air showing of a favourite blockbuster movie.

1 September–31 October: Autumn Sculpture Trail, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Take a walk around the gardens in autumn and find a selection of beautiful handmade sculptures, including many by Yorkshire artists, taking gardens and nature as their inspiration.

2 September: Autumn Plant Fair, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Celebrate the best of autumn gardening with a wealth of seasonal inspiration, expert advice and a wide range of quality plants to buy from Plant Heritage specialist nurseries.

4–9 September: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
Don’t miss the last flower show of the season in stunning surroundings featuring more than 50 specialist nurseries, including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners. See the National Dahlia Society Show, marvel at floral displays from Surrey NAFAS, visit Jonathan Moseley’s Flower Bus, view a gallery of floral art by Anita Nowinska in the Glasshouse, get expert advice and much more.

7–9 September: Autumn Design For Living Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Browse and shop unique gifts and items for the home and garden from dozens of independent traders and makers at this three-day celebration of West Country talent.

7–23 September: The Artists’ Garden Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Showcasing many of the South West’s most talented artists, this exciting and colourful exhibition features naturalistic pictures, prints and cards created using a variety of media, with a focus on gardens and plants as well as landscapes, seascapes and wildlife.

11 September–14 October: Bath House Gallery – Wood & Paper Showcase, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Beautiful pieces of work will be on offer for your home or as practical items. There will be arts and crafts inspired by trees and a range of paper art, including papercutting and jewellery.

14 September: Open Air Cinema – Grease, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Enjoy an open air screening of the 70’s American classic starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the beautiful surroundings of the garden in early autumn.

14–16 September: The Taste of Autumn Artisan Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s Garden Room will play host to more than 30 of the UK’s top artisan food producers, including exciting chilli and chocolate products, and delicious morsels to try and buy.

15 September: Open Air Cinema – Beauty & the Beast, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Snuggle up with a blanket and a picnic to enjoy an open-air showing of this heart-warming family favourite in the beautiful surroundings of the most northerly RHS Garden.

15–16 September: Cyclamen Society Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Learn about these beautiful plants from specialist growers, see exceptional specimens on display at the Cyclamen Show, watch demonstrations and talks and find beautiful varieties to buy.

22 September: Photography Morning, RHS Garden Wisley
Take the opportunity to capture the autumn beauty of the gardens before they open to the general public, with early entry for photographers at 7.30am.

22 September: Heather Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Featuring heathers for sale, planting and care demonstrations and expert advice, this event will also offer a chance to tour the recently replanted National Heather Collection at Wisley with Team Leader Mark Tuson.

22–23 September: Plant Heritage Autumn Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Stock up on beautiful plants to get your garden set for the season ahead, with around 30 nurseries from across the region selling rare and unusual plants and garden sundries.

22–30 September: O2 Textiles Exhibition – Scraps of Encouragement, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
In its third exhibition at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, the local O2 Textiles group presents colourful and eclectic textile work for sale as well as a group project called 'Flights of Fancy'.

23 September: Plant Heritage Autumn Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Featuring a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local specialist nurseries, many of which are not generally open to the public – a must for all keen gardeners and plant collectors.

28–30 September: Autumn Festival, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Celebrating the season with a chance to learn traditional wood crafts such as whittling, willow weaving and hurdle making, and see chainsaw sculpting demos. Plus, enjoy a walk and talk through Harlow Carr’s Arboretum collections.

28–30 September: Real Ale, Gin & Music Fest, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A fun-filled weekend of live music and locally-produced real ales from Countrylife Brewery, along with a gin bar and local wines from Ten Acres Vineyard, with a family quiz on Sunday hosted by The Voice radio’s Hopps and Chappell breakfast show duo.

29 September: Cinema Evening – Pretty Woman, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a magical evening under the stars starting with music and followed by an open-air screening of the classic Hollywood romance.

29–30 September: Birds of Prey, RHS Garden Wisley
See spectacular birds of prey take wing and demonstrate their breathtaking flying skills with twice-daily flight displays and the chance to meet the birds and their handlers to learn all there is to know about these magnificent hunters.

29 September–14 October: Westcountry Potters Association Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Celebrating 25 years of the Westcountry Potters Association, this exhibition will feature a selection of unique pottery work by Association members, from kitchenware to sculpture.


2 October: Autumn Free Day, all gardens, times vary
Enjoy the glorious colours of autumn at the four RHS Gardens completely free of charge.

5–7 October: WoodFest, RHS Garden Wisley
Admire traditional skills in a weekend-long celebration of the natural beauty of wood, including artisan woodcraft demonstrations, tree listening, horse logging and tours of Wisley’s woodland, at this event sponsored by Stihl.

6–7 October: Apple Festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor
See apple displays, enjoy tastings and discover tips for cultivating your own apples as well as fun activities and trails for kids, and bring along unknown apple varieties to have them identified by the experts.

6–7 October: Taste of Autumn Food Festival, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy the garden in stunning autumn colour while indulging in a mouthwatering array of regional produce including artisan cheeses, pies, sausages, handcrafted chocolates and craft beers, along with talks and cookery demos in the Feast Theatre throughout the weekend.

12–14: Chelmsford Art Society Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Browse and buy original artworks by local artists in the beautiful new events space on Hyde Hall’s Hilltop, overlooking the Dry Garden and rolling Essex countryside beyond.

12–14 October: WoodFest, RHS Garden Rosemoor
See artisans demonstrating wood turning, carving and whittling, basket weaving, chainsaw carving and more, watch Rosemoor’s arborists climb trees and enjoy children’s activities throughout this celebration of wood sponsored by Stihl.

13 October: Photography Morning, RHS Garden Wisley
Take the opportunity to capture the autumn beauty of the gardens before they open to the general public, with early entry for photographers at 7.30am.

13–14 October: Alpine Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Showcasing these fascinating plants in association with the National Alpine Garden Society on Saturday and the local Society on Sunday, take the opportunity to pick up interesting varieties and get advice from a host of expert growers.

16 October–25 November: Bath House Gallery - Christmas Crafts, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Start the Christmas shopping early and discover unique festive guests hand-made by local crafters and artists.

17–21 October: Taste of Autumn, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy the best of the season at Wisley’s harvest celebration. See the orchard laden with fruit, the garden awash with autumn colour, and prepare to be tempted by a range of delicious local and artisan food and drink stalls.

20–21 October: Autumn Antiques Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Find a wide variety of antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and pockets and pick up something unique at this popular fair featuring stallholders from across the South West and beyond.

21 October: Conifer Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover conifers for every size and aspect of garden and see a display of cones and photographs. Experts from the Conifer Society will be on hand to advise on the ideal varieties for any space.

20 October–4 November: ‘Room on the Broom’ Half Term Family Fun, all gardens, dates and times vary
Join in October half term fun with spooky trails around the gardens, creepy crafts and a variety of fun activities at each garden, including pumpkin carving.

31 Oct–4 November: Northern Fruit Group Apple Display, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The Northern Fruit Group will be offering expert advice on fruit growing and identification, and visitors can bring their home-grown apples along for identification by the experts.


1–18 November: Marion Sidebottom Photography Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
An enthralling exhibition of fine art tree photography by Essex-based photographer Marion Sidebottom, with prints will be available to purchase and the photographer on hand to discuss her work during the weekends.

2–3 November: Rosemoor Live! with Michael Bowyer MBE, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Michael Bowyer MBE, president of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), presents specialist workshops on Friday and demonstrates the artistry of floral arrangements on Saturday.

2–4 November: WoodFest, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Watch fascinating demonstrations including horse logging, chainsaw carving, willow weaving and furniture making, as well as drop-in craft workshops, locally handcrafted items for sale, and a tree trail through the garden at this celebration of wood sponsored by Stihl.

9 November: An Afternoon with Adam Frost, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Join the Gardeners’ World presenter as he talks about growing up in Devon and getting his start in horticulture, finding gardening inspiration in the natural landscape and what it’s like to win seven gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

11 November: Armistice Day, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Marking the centenary of the end of WWI, Rosemoor will observe the two minutes silence next to its display of the Unknown Solider sculpture amongst one hundred ceramic poppies. All serving and retired armed forces personnel and a family guest may enter for free.

16 November–5 January: ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Enjoy the magical illumination of the garden in the depths of winter as the Winter Garden and Formal Garden trees and shrubs are lit up as never seen before every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fire jugglers will perform for the launch weekend on 16–17 November.

17 November–17 February: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the garden in autumn and winter and follow a trail of exciting and eclectic sculptures by talented artists and craftspeople.

21–25 November: Christmas Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Seek out that unique Christmas gift from amongst a wide range of traditional and contemporary crafts from some of the country’s finest makers, taking place within the beautiful surroundings of the garden in autumn.

22 November–29 December: ‘Glow’ Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
See the garden in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden, with an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees, lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns.

23–25 November: Christmas Food and Craft Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Pick up unique and delicious gifts from specially-selected crafters and artisan food producers then take a stroll around the gardens to enjoy them in their glorious autumn colour.


Notes to editors

For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Caroline Jones in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3177 or carolinejones@rhs.org.uk

Notes to Editors:
Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Gardens

The RHS has four gardens:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

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 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 £15 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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