RHS Gardens Spring Events Programme March – May 2017

Thursday 10 November 2016

This spring the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is hosting a lively programme 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 include a Wilderness Weekend, a Health and Wellbeing Weekend and plenty of Mother’s Day, Easter and half-term activities. Below are just a few. For full listings, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens or contact the press office at hannahdolby@rhs.org.uk.


11-12 March: Rosemoor Spring Flower Competitions, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A glorious display of spring flowers including camellias, early magnolias and rhododendrons. As well as the RHS Early Camellia competition, the show will include classes for growing ornamental shrubs, a Rosemoor Daffodil and an RHS Hyacinth competition. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

18-19 March: Wilderness Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This exciting event introduces people to living off the land, treading more quietly and understanding more about nature. There will be ‘living off the grid’ ideas for everyone from gardeners to ecologists. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

18-19 March: Health and Wellbeing Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Healthy walks, outdoor exercises, healthy eating and grow your own, herbs, tai-chi demonstrations, talks, aromatherapy, Hyde Hall honey and much more! www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

21 March: RHS Free Tuesday
Visitors have the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the RHS’s inspirational four gardens in spring - for free!

24-26 March: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
A quality start to the gardening year, with the chance to pick up beautiful, high quality spring plants from specialist nurseries. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

25-26 March: Bonsai Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Sutton Bonsai’s Suiseki competition will showcase the timeless and beautiful craft of sui seki bonsai – the Japanese art of stone appreciation, which combined with bonsai leads to a true work of art. There will also be a re-potting, styling and advice service for visitors’ bonsai. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley  

25-26 March: Time with Mum - Mother’s Day Weekend, all gardens, times vary
Spoil mums at an RHS garden this Mother’s Day weekend. Activities include lunch, afternoon tea (booking essential), craft and photography stalls, and more. https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

30 March-4 May: International Garden Photography of the Year Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
This world-renowned exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be showcased against the backdrop of the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall


1-17 April: Find the Magic - Easter Activities, all gardens, dates and times vary
Children can hop around one of the four RHS Gardens on the trail of the Lindt gold bunny as well as take part in a host of other family activities. https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

8 – 9 April: Birds of Prey Weekend, RHS Garden Wisley
The whole family can discover all about birds of prey, with the chance to see these magnificent birds up close, with agility displays at 11am and 2pm. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley  

10-16 April: National Gardening Week – Helping New Gardeners to Grow
As well as events all over the country for National Gardening Week, there will be plenty of fun and inspiration at the four RHS Gardens. 2017 is all about helping those who are new to gardening, with tips, activities and advice. More details at www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk closer to the time.

22-23 April: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A weekend event organised by Essex Plant Heritage with a host of plant societies, talks and plant advice as well as garden walks. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

22-23 April: RHS National Rhododendron Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This National Show has over 60 classes covering all types of these beautiful spring flowering plants, as well as trade and advice stands. Competitions are open to all. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

27 April-1 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Over 170 leading design makers offer a diverse mix of contemporary home and garden crafts and the chance to enjoy the beautiful garden in spring. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

28 April-1 May: May Craft Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A four day event over the May Spring Bank Holiday, showcasing local crafts, with over 30 exhibitors, as well as demonstrations, music and food. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

29 April-1 May: Spring Craft and Design Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A chance to buy and browse beautiful and unusual hand-crafted items for home and garden showcasing a wealth of West Country talent. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

29-30 April: Spring Plant Festival, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Specialist nurseries will be on-site selling a range of beautiful plants. This hugely popular event, which includes the RHS Late Daffodil and Tulip Competition, will provide great inspiration for your garden at home and a wealth of advice from the RHS Advisory Team. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr


May Tulip Trail, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A chance to tiptoe through the tulips at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate as the garden celebrates their colour and scent. There will be a range of striking planting schemes – from traditional beds and borders to quirky containers including handbags, wellies and wheelbarrows. A tulip-filled boat will float on the Queen Mother’s Lake.

6-7 May: Bonsai Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Visitors can learn the beautiful art and craft of growing bonsai trees from the experts, who are skilled at creating weathered trees, ancient trees with hollow trunks and even small forests in miniature, all in the confines of a pot. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

13-14 May: Rhododendron Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The annual Rhododendron Weekend will once again return to celebrate the beautiful collections of Rhododendrons at the garden. The Harlow Carr Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia group will be on site all weekend offering advice and expertise. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

13-14 May: Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia Group Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy colourful, eye catching displays of these iconic spring flowers. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

13-14 May: Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This popular fair offers a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries for sale under the Plant Heritage banner. A must for all keen gardeners and plant collectors. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

13-14 May: Wildlife Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A day for visitors to learn all about wildlife in their own gardens and beyond. Stands will include the Essex Bat Group, Essex Badger Group and the Essex Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and there will be children’s activities, a bird display, bug hunting and a bird walk. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

17 May-14 June: ‘Slugs and Bugs’ May Half Term; all gardens; dates, activities and times vary.
Discover all there is to know about slugs and bugs, with crafts, stories and real-life creatures. https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

20-21 May: Devon Chilli Fiesta, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Over 30 of the top producers in the UK will be enticing visitors with chilli plants, chilli sauces, chilli chocolate and fudge and chilli preserves to try and buy. There will also be talks, cookery demonstrations, special guests, music and children's activities including free face painting. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

20-21 May: Cactus and Succulent Society Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Join members from the Chelmsford branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society for advice and help on how these wonderful plants. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

26 May: Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, RHS Garden Rosemoor
An evening of live music led by Andy Fairweather Low, in partnership with the Plough Arts Centre. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

27 May: Leo Sayer – Live in Concert, RHS Garden Rosemoor
British Music Legend Leo Sayer returns to the UK. The Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be open for pre-performance dinners – booking advisable on 01805 626821. For the concert, book at www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

28 May: Cinema Evening, Star Wars, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy an evening of outdoor cinema, organised by Essex Outdoor Cinema. The film will start when the sun sets. Tickets from www.essexoutdoorcinema.com

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 also 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.



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 across the UK:
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, 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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