RHS Gardens Autumn Events Programme

Tuesday 28 April 2015

September 2015 – November 2015

This autumn the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) hosts a range of events, talks and activities at its four gardens – RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire and RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon.

Highlights this autumn include Real Ale and Cider Festivals, events celebrating the beauty of natural wood, Japanese flower arranging and the RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show. Here are just a few – for full listings details see rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson


4 – 20 Sept: The Artists’ Garden: Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
More than 85 of the South West’s most talented artists will be involved in a colourful exhibition of pictures, prints and cards of plants, gardens, landscapes and wildlife. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

6 Sept: The Autumn Plant Fair, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Specialist nurseries sell a wide range of plants at this popular event, held in conjunction with Plant Heritage. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

8 – 13 Sept: Wisley Flower Show, RHS Garden Wisley
This spectacular six-day floral extravaganza offers the chance to browse, buy and seek advice from more than 60 nurseries and garden trade stands. A great day out for all, it includes inspiring displays, expert advice, outstanding shopping and the opportunity to explore the gardens at their colourful late-summer peak. It will include the National Dahlia Society Annual Show and The People’s Dahlia Competition. rhs.org.uk/wisley

19 – 27 Sept: Real Ale and Cider Festivals, RHS Garden Harlow Carr and RHS Garden Rosemoor (activities, dates and times may vary)
Interesting, unusual and quaffable real ales and ciders from near and far will be served direct from the barrel, accompanied by the chance to sample traditional and gourmet street food. rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

19 – 20 Sept: Essex Plant Heritage Autumn Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
This fair is a great opportunity to come and stock up on plants for autumn. rhs.org.uk/hydehall

20 Sept: West Country Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s Food Festival celebrates traditional local produce and organic foods including locally reared beef and lamb, handmade cheeses, English wines and other tasty foodstuffs. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

23 Sept – 8 Oct: The Natural Wood Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This exhibition celebrates the natural beauty of wood, with lovingly handcrafted wooden products such as furniture and home-wares on offer, along with live demonstrations of woodcarving. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

25 – 27 Sept: Ikebana Flower Arranging Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Ichiyo School of Ikebana, multi Gold-medal winners at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will be holding a three-day exhibition on the ancient and exquisite art of Japanese flower arranging, with demonstrations each day. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

26 Sept: Birds of Prey Displays, RHS Garden Wisley
A great weekend to discover all about birds of prey and see them up close. rhs.org.uk/wisley

26 – 27 Sept: Chilli Pepper Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A hot ticket for plant enthusiasts, food lovers and those brave enough to try a chilli or two. There will be the chance to see chilli cultivars grown at Hyde Hall as well as buy chilli products from artisan food stands and watch cookery demonstrations. rhs.org.uk/hydehall


4 Oct: Apple Day, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s Apple Day includes fantastic apple displays, cookery demonstrations, children’s activities and stalls selling fruit, cider and apple juice. Experts will be on hand to help those who would like to find out which apple is growing in their garden. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

3 – 11 Oct: Autumn Wood Festivals, all gardens (activities, dates and times may vary)
These events offers the chance to enjoy traditional craft, artisan demonstrations and family activities inspired by the natural beauty of wood. rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

10 – 11 Oct: Seeds on Show, RHS Garden Wisley
A sale of seed and seed displays by the RHS Seed Team, Alpine Garden Society, Cyclamen Society and Plant Heritage. rhs.org.uk/wisley

11 Oct: The Cyclamen Society Autumn Show, RHS Garden Wisley
A show featuring autumn-flowering cyclamen and other bulbous plants, with the chance to meet the experts. rhs.org.uk/wisley

17 Oct: The Alpine Garden Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This is the first time that Harlow Carr has hosted this show, with people travelling from across the UK to show their alpine plants. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

17 Oct: Mushrooms Course, RHS Garden Wisley
This one-day course offers a closer look at mushroom growing, as part of ornamental and edible gardening. It will include mushroom identification and a walk around the garden. rhs.org.uk/wisley

24 – 25 Oct: Harvest Festival, RHS Garden Wisley
The sights, sounds and tastes of the season are celebrated during this big autumn day out, with tasty produce from food stalls, and apple tastings from among the 670 cultivars of apples that are grown at Wisley. rhs.org.uk/wisley

24 Oct – 1 Nov: ‘Spooky Woodlands’ October Half Term, at all gardens
Families can discover the spooky woodlands at the four RHS Gardens this Halloween with a fun-filled week of family activities and workshops. rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

24 – 25 Oct: Pumpkin Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Visitors can carve a pumpkin at lantern-making workshops, take the Pumpkin Trail around the garden and learn how to cook delicious pumpkin-based dishes. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

31 Oct – 15 Nov 2015, Ruhleben Exhibition, RHS Garden Wisley
Curated by the RHS Lindley Library, this exhibition tells the story of the horticultural society established at Ruhleben detention camp in Germany during the First World War. With the support of the RHS, a group of British prisoners grew food for their fellow internees and boosted morale by organising flower shows. rhs.org.uk/wisley


6 Nov: FREE Day Friday – Open Day, all gardens
An opportunity to visit the four RHS Gardens for free and enjoy them as they bed down for winter. rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

10 – 30 Nov: Christmas Crafts and Design Fairs/Shopping Evenings, all gardens (dates vary)
The ideal place to buy bespoke and handmade Christmas presents, with many beautiful crafts items for sale. rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson


Notes to editors

For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Hannah Dolby in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or hannahdolby@rhs.org.uk

Photographs are available to download at www.rhs.photoshelter.com. Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact pressoffice@rhs.org.uk to gain access.

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 across the UK:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, 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.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 211 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

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/join

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About the RHS

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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