RHS Gardens Summer Events Programme

Friday 20 July 2018

This summer brings an exciting programme of events to the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gardens: RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; RHS Hyde Hall in Essex; RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon; and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Highlights of this season’s event programme include open-air theatre and live music performances, beautiful arts and crafts, and prehistoric adventures discovering the fascinating plants and insects of the Jurassic period throughout the summer holidays. Don’t miss the spectacular Flower Shows at Harlow Carr in June, Hyde Hall in August and the return of the Rosemoor Flower Show after last year’s great success, also in August. 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.


12 May–3 June: The Digital Garden Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Wisley
See an exhibition of large-scale, digitally-drawn botanical art by local iPad artist Andy Maitland, including drop in live drawing sessions on 18 and 27 May.

26 May–1 June: Get Set, Grow! Half-Term Family Fun, all gardens, times vary
There will be plenty to keep little green fingers busy at the four RHS Gardens this half-term, with activities including planting seeds, fun trails to follow, arts and crafts and storytelling.

26 May–3 June: Family Gardening Festival & Budding Gardeners, RHS Garden Wisley
With a theme of ‘Get Set, Grow!’, families can get involved with a range of half-term activities including making vegetable racing cars, planting seeds, making a book hedgehog, willow weaving, tree climbing and following a fun kids trail.

1 June: ‘The Magic Garden’ Boo to a Goose Theatre, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Enjoy the story of teddy bears taking a picnic in The Magic Garden at the multi-sensory puppet show. Performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

1 June–30 September: Floral Fantasia, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
In collaboration with Thompson & Morgan this fabulous four-month long extravaganza of more than 14,000 bedding plants displayed in pots, containers and hanging baskets will be packed full of summer favourites, providing visitors with a wealth of gardening inspiration.

9 June: Peony Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Celebrate this beautiful summer bloom with colourful floral displays and learn about its history from the Peony Group of the Hardy Plant Society. Guided tours of the peony trial beds will be available throughout the day.

9–10 June: Rose Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy Hyde Hall’s fabulous Rose Garden in full bloom over this weekend and explore all there is to know about the nation’s favourite flower. Join walks and talks with the garden team for expert knowledge and growing advice and find a variety of roses on sale from a specialist grower, to enjoy at home in your garden.

9–10 June: All About Bonsai, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The Bonsai Group will offer beautiful displays, advice and demonstrations on these special trees, and visitors can bring their own bonsai for advice.

13 June: The Curator's Summer Garden Walk, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Join RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s enthusiastic Curator Robert Brett on an inspiring and informative tour of the garden, visiting areas others don’t see and enjoying the summer splendour of the spectacular borders.

16–17 June: Plant Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Featuring more than 20 plant societies, enjoy displays of plants, free demonstrations, and the chance to ask advice from experts and buy specialist plants.

16–17 June: Re-enactment Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Second World War re-enactors will be encamped at Rosemoor, giving visitors an interactive idea of what life was like for soldiers, medics and civilians, plus join the World War II dinner dance on Saturday evening.

16 June–22 July: Rose Festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor
With two of the largest and most beautiful rose gardens in the UK to discover, join in with Rosemoor’s month-long celebration of the rose.

17 June: Father’s Day, all gardens, times vary
Celebrate Father’s Day with a walk in the garden with Dad, and perhaps treat him to a tasty lunch or sweet treat.

22 June: Outdoor Theatre, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Get lost in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, the wild and passionate tale of intense love between Catherine and Heathcliff, told in inventive style.

22–24 June: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show
Browse, buy and pick up advice from more than 45 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands at Harlow Carr’s third annual flower show, with a full programme of talks and demonstrations.

22–24 June: Rose Weekend and Craft Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Extended to three days, celebrate the heavenly scent of roses in midsummer with expert advice and free tours around Rosemoor’s stunning rose gardens at the weekend only, as well as crafts to buy from talented West Country makers.

23 June: Theatre Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy charming one-man play Old Herbaceous, described as 'Downton Abbey with gardening tips', about the humorous love story of a single-minded, gentle man with a passion for plants.

23 June: Rose Evening, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy a rose-themed cocktail in the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden while listening to live music and a talk from the Curatorial team talk about Wisley’s roses.

23 June–22 July: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The Surrey Sculpture Society returns to Hyde Hall for a third year with a trail of more than 60 outdoor pieces throughout the gardens, as well as an indoor section with smaller work suitable for the home.

28 June–17 July: WI Perfect Pollination Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Follow a trail of sculptures around the garden all based on a ‘perfect pollination’ theme, created by local WI groups. On 28 June, enjoy an evening preview of the trail with live music and a barbecue.


3 July–22 July: Bath House Gallery Photography Showcase, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A three week exhibition of work by talented photographers, including returning favourites and a number of new participants.

5 July: Behind the Scenes Curator Tour, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Join Hyde Hall’s Curator Robert Brett for a walk and talk around the garden, including areas normally closed to the public, to see the many new developments and hear about what is planned for the future.

5, 12, 19 & 26 July: Thursday Late Night Opening, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Enjoy the long summer evenings in the garden until 9pm every Thursday in July with live music each week – bring a picnic for the ultimate in summer relaxation.

6, 13, 20 & 27 July: Friday Late Night Opening, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Enjoy Rosemoor’s beautiful garden on a summer’s evening: stroll around the formal gardens listening to the subtle strains of magical live harp music floating out across the garden.

8, 15, 22 & 29 July: Summer Music Sundays, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Pack up a picnic and listen to Harlow Carr come alive with the sound of music every Sunday in July from 1–4 pm.

10, 11 & 27 July: Outdoor Theatre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Enjoy spellbinding theatre performances including Shakespeare’s The Tempest and swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan while soaking up the sun at Harlow Carr on various dates throughout July.

13–14 July: Cinema Nights, RHS Garden Wisley
Making the most of the warm summer evenings, head to Wisley for open-air screenings of film classics Pretty Woman and Back To The Future in the garden after hours.

14 July: Theatre Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Borrowing references from silent film, Victorian music hall and physical theatre, this outdoor production of The Importance of Being Earnest is a fun, musical take on Oscar Wilde’s popular play.

14–15 July: ArtsFest, RHS Garden Wisley
Celebrating 250 years of the circus, enjoy a weekend of live music, magic workshops, dance and circus acts, as well as balloon modelling and stilt walkers for this annual festival of the arts.

14–15 July: Sweet Pea Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Join the UK’s top sweet pea growers for the National Sweet Pea Show, packed with the scents and colours of this favourite summer flower.

14–15 July: British Cactus and Succulent Society Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Discover a huge variety of cacti and succulents at the annual show of the British Cactus and Succulent Society’s Essex branches. Enjoy fabulous displays, find quality plants to buy and ask the experts for their tips and tricks.

21 July–2 September: The Jurassic Discovery Summer Holiday Family Fun, all gardens, times vary
Take a step back in time and unearth the secrets of the land that time forgot at the four RHS Gardens this summer. With Jurassic plant habitats, giant insects and dinosaur footprints to discover, there are fun activities every day to keep budding palaeontologists busy throughout the summer holidays.

24 July–9 September: Bath House Gallery Summer Craft Showcase, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Browse handmade crafts, meet the makers and watch them at work during this summer-long showcase of talented craftspeople in ceramics, wood, sculpture, textiles and more.

28–29 July: Vintage and Antiques Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Browse an eclectic selection of quality antiques and collectables from dealers all over the South West as well as a display of vintage vehicles, horticultural and farm machinery and model railways.


1 Aug: Yorkshire Day Games, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Celebrate all that is wonderful about Yorkshire with a fun-filled family day out. Take part in games including flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding and spoon races and a Yorkshire Tea relay race.

1–5 August: RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show
Head to Hyde Hall for a flower-filled day out, with quality plants from dozens of specialist nurseries, expert advice and demonstrations taking place throughout the show, as well as the chance to enjoy the garden at the height of summer.

2 & 22 August: Outdoor Theatre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Two beloved comedies take centre-stage in the glorious surroundings of Harlow Carr in August – choose between Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest and Shakespeare’s humorous love story As You Like It.

4–5 August: All about Orchids, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Experience the beauty and glamour of these exotic plants with Harrogate Orchid Society – see magnificent displays, expert demonstrations and take home tips for growing your own.

7, 9 & 14 August: Outdoor Theatre, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Take in unique theatre performances including The Pirates of Penzance, David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang or Treasure Island in the beautiful surroundings of the garden on a summer’s day.

11 August: Theatre Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Settle in for a summer evening of raucous entertainment in the open air with a musical take on the classic Shakespeare comedy As You Like It.

11–12 August: Carnivorous Plant Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants, with talks and demonstrations from experts including repotting and splitting plants, and free seeds to take home.

5, 12, 19 & 26 August: Summer Music Sundays, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Pack up a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the garden in summer while taking in an afternoon of live music, every Sunday throughout August.

13 August: Local Produce Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Both adults and children can enter home-grown fruit and vegetables and handicrafts into this competition in conjunction with Great Torrington Horticultural Society for a chance to win vouchers for Rosemoor’s Gift Shop.

17–19 August: RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show
The Rosemoor Flower Show returns for 2018 following the success of last year’s inaugural event, promising to be bigger and better with more than 35 specialist nurseries and suppliers from across the South West, a new floral display trail, talks, demonstrations and much more.

18–19 August: Carnivorous Plant Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover carnivorous plants from all around the world, including native British species, with fascinating displays, expert advice and talks and unusual plants and books for sale.

18 August–23 September: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Follow a trail of contemporary and traditional sculpture featuring work from some of the South East’s finest, established and emerging artists set against the beautiful backdrop of the garden in late summer into early autumn.

19 August: Classic Car Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Bringing together more than 250 classic cars including Jaguars, Morgans, Porsches and Austin Sevens, this display of gleaming machines organised by the Jaguar Driver Club returns to Hyde Hall for a third year.

30–31 August: Falconry Display, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Get close to Harris hawks, Gyr, Lanner and Peregrine falcons and a Bengal eagle owl as North Devon Falconry demonstrate the speed and skill of these beautiful birds of prey.


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, 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 £13 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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