RHS Gardens Spring Events Programme March–May 2019

Friday 21 December 2018

As plants and flowers awaken to the changing of the seasons, a packed roster of exciting events awaits visitors to 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.

With activities set to include family gardening fun, specialist plant fairs, arts and crafts showcases and enthralling live music performances alongside spectacular displays of spring colour in the gardens, it’s a great time of the year to visit.

For full listings, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens or contact Caroline Jones in the press office at carolinejones@rhs.org.uk.


6 March–9 April: Textiles Showcase in the Bath House Gallery, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Browse and buy beautiful pieces made by talented local textile artists, including felting, appliqué, embroidery and woollen work – there will be something for everyone. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr  

9–17 March: Science Week, RHS Garden Wisley
New for 2019, Wisley presents a science extravaganza, showcasing the research of the RHS with hands on activities, workshops and talks. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

9 March–19 April: Library Display – Slugs and Snails, all gardens, times vary
Slugs and snails have long been the gardener’s enemy, but this display aims to give a better understanding, with fascinating facts for children alongside a serious appeal for help with RHS research. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens  

9 March–28 April: Collecting in the Clouds – Early 20th Century Plant Discoveries, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Visit Harlow Carr’s Library to discover the work of the early 20th Century plant collectors who explored the botanically rich interior of China and Tibet. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr  

16–17 March: Spring Flower Festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor
See some of the season’s most beautiful blooms on display as they compete for prizes, including Camellias, early Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Daffodils and Hyacinths, as well as expert advice and plants to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

19 March: Spring Community Free Day, all gardens, times vary
Look out for spring gardening inspiration and enjoy a visit to any of the four RHS Gardens as they open to all free of charge. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

23 March: The South West Alpine Garden Society Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Discover a wide variety of beautiful and unusual Alpine plants at this event showcasing the very best specialist nurseries and expert growers from across the region. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

22–24 March: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Meet the growers and choose quality plants from over 30 specialist nurseries. Plants on sale include many with an RHS Award of Garden Merit. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

23–24 March: Bonsai Show, RHS Garden Wisley
This specialist show will include plant and bonsai equipment sales, displays and care information aimed at beginners through to experienced growers. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

30 March: Cyclamen Spring Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Displayed in the Glasshouse Gallery, this event will feature competition classes of rare and interesting cyclamen, displays of spring-flowering cyclamen species, unusual cultivars and companion plants for sale and friendly expert advice. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

31 March: World of Alpines, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy a gorgeous showcase of alpine plants and bulbs as well as photographic displays of wonderful alpines from around the world, with many unusual plants for sale and advice from the experts. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

31 March: Mother's Day, all gardens, times vary
Celebrate Mother’s Day and treat mum to a visit to one of the four RHS Gardens – why not make a day of it with a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea? www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens


2–3 April: Early Daffodil Competition, RHS Garden Wisley
Focusing on miniature daffodils, enjoy these delightful spring flowers in the shelter of the Glasshouse Gallery. All competitions are free to enter. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

6–7 April: Wool & Yarn Fest, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Supporting the local sheep farming heritage, this new event will feature local traders and exhibitors including young alpacas and spring lambs. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

6–29 April: Easter Holidays Drop-in Fun Family Activities, all gardens, dates and times vary
With something new to enjoy every day, bring your family along for a full day of Easter fun and join in with art and craft sessions and garden trails. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

11 April–14 May: Printing Showcase in the Bath House Gallery, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
With printwork becoming ever more popular, there’s no better time to discover artworks in various techniques and styles by talented local printmakers. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr  

15 April–31 May: Late Spring Sensations Garden Trail, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Follow the trail around the garden to see the horticultural highlights of late spring and get the most from a day out at Rosemoor. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

16–17 April: The Daffodil Show, RHS Garden Wisley
See over 120 classes of daffodils showcasing the full range of these spring favourites. Discover how to grow and prepare daffodils for competition and what the judges are looking for in a show daffodil. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

27 April: British Iris Society Late Spring Show, RHS Garden Wisley
See inspiring collections of spring-flowering iris on display alongside a photographic exhibition, plants for sale and experts available to answer your questions. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

27–28 April: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Organised by Essex Plant Heritage, enjoy a weekend all about plants with specialist nurseries from across the region selling rare and unusual plants. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall  

27–28 April: RHS National Rhododendron Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Filling Rosemoor’s Garden Room with hundreds of exhibits of the highest quality, this is an unmissable event for rhododendron devotees, featuring more than 60 competition classes, expert advice and plants to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

29 April–5 May: National Gardening Week, all gardens, dates and times vary
Enjoy a host of gardening activities, talks and tips from expert gardeners throughout the week. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens  


1 May: Questions & Answers, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Hosted by the Potting Shed's Sarah Chesters, the knowledgeable Rosemoor team will be ready and waiting to answer those tricky gardening queries. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

2–6 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Meet some of the finest craftspeople in the UK and browse a range of contemporary and traditional crafts. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

3–6 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Showcasing dozens of artists and makers selling fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many more contemporary crafts, this four-day event will also feature craft demonstrations, music and food. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall

4–5 May: Spring Gardening Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover all that is wonderful about gardening in spring, includes Plant Heritage's Spring Plant Fair on the Sunday offering a range of beautiful and unusual plants from expert growers as well as growing and cookery demos. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr

4–6 May: Spring Design For Living Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Discover a wealth of local talent with contemporary artwork and crafts for garden and home, including the likes of handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, clothing, handbags and glasswork. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

5 May: Mammillaria Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover the world of Mammillaria and Coryphantha cacti at this year’s show, with expert advice and plants for sale to delight enthusiasts. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

7, 14, 21 & 28 May: Garden Tours, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Join the Friends of Harlow Carr for a tour of the garden to find out more about its history and the latest developments. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr  

9 May: Meet the Designer – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Garden Wisley
See a preview of a design for a 2019 Chelsea Show Garden, meet the designer and hear inside stories on what it is like to design an award-winning garden. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

11–12 May: Wildlife Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Learn all about the wildlife found in gardens and beyond with local wildlife experts, and enjoy guided estate walks with the Hyde Hall team. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall  

11–12 May: Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair and Bonsai Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Shop for a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from nurseries under the Plant Heritage banner, as well as discovering the fascinating practice of bonsai with displays and advice. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

11 May–9 June: Glasshouse Display – Late Spring Pelargoniums, RHS Garden Wisley
See vibrant displays of more than 100 varieties of this favourite South African perennial in many shades of pink and red and a myriad of leaf shapes and textures. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

16 May: Garden Evening – Wisteria, RHS Garden Wisley
Join RHS Garden Wisley’s Curator Matthew Pottage for an exclusive talk and tour after the Garden closes to find out more about one of the garden’s signature plants, wisteria. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

16 May–18 June: Ceramics & Glass Showcase in the Bath House Gallery, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Local artists and craftspeople display a range of ceramics and glass techniques in this exhibition, including both practical and decorative pieces to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr  

17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 & 31 May: Rosemoor Live!, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A packed programme of events including a talk by Chris Beardshaw, live music from ABBA Forever and a performance of Alice in Wonderland. See online for full listings and tickets. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

25 May: British Iris Society Summer Show, RHS Garden Wisley
See breathtaking collections of summer-flowering iris on display along with a photographic exhibition, expert advice and plants to buy and take home. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley  

25–26 May: Children’s Gardening Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Kids big and small can make seed bombs, plant tomato seedlings, create their own Thumbelina-style rock gardens and enjoy a daily stage show courtesy of the Garden Detectives. www.rhs.org.uk/harlow-carr  

25–27 May: Anglian Potters Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The Anglian Potters will be showcasing the very best in East Anglian ceramics, with a chance to purchase unique pieces direct from the makers. www.rhs.org.uk/hyde-hall  

25 May–2 June: Get Set, Grow! Half Term Family Fun, all gardens, dates and times vary
Head to the RHS Gardens for opportunities to try out practical gardening activities, crafts and games for all the family and fascinating trails to discover seasonal highlights. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens  


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 caroline.jones@rhs.org.uk  

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, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

We are currently investing over £160 million into the future of horticulture, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.

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