RHS Gardens Summer Events Programme June - August 2016

Tuesday 16 February 2016

This summer the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be blooming with glorious activities, talks and events 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.

New highlights include a month-long Rose Festival, a new Flower Show, open air cinema evenings, and outdoor theatre to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Below are just a few. For full listings, please visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens  and for more detailed information on each event, please contact the press office


28 May–5 June: Scouting for All, May Half-Term, all gardens
Lots of scouting themed activities with an interactive orienteering trail around the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

1-30 June: The Streamside Sculpture Trail, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr has one of the longest cultivated streamside gardens in the country, and will be celebrating it with a garden sculpture trail on the theme of ‘reflections’, with beautiful sculptures from local artists set alongside the stream. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

4 – 5 June & 6–7 August: Birds of Prey, RHS Garden Wisley
The chance to see wonderful birds of prey up close and learn all about them, with agility displays at 11am and 2pm each day. www.rhs.org.uk/wisely

6–12 June: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party, RHS Garden Wisley
The garden will be dressed for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, offering a week of horticultural displays with a royal theme. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

6 June–10 July: Rose Festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor

With two of the largest and most beautiful rose gardens in the UK, RHS Garden Rosemoor is consistently voted among the top ten places to enjoy Britain’s best loved flower. This month-long celebration includes a beautiful exhibition of rose-themed botanical paintings and illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

10–12 June: RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This will be Harlow Carr’s first flower show, set in the glorious surroundings of the garden in its early summer splendour. Visitors will be able to browse, buy, and pick up advice from more than 30 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands and enjoy a full programme of talks and demonstrations. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

11-12 June: Roses and Posies, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday and enjoy the garden’s roses in full bloom. The Royal National Rose Society will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be demonstrations, talks, walks around the rose garden and exhibitors selling rose-themed delights. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

18–19 June: Rose Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This weekend celebrates the heavenly scent of the garden in mid-summer with specialist rose advice, rose identification and free, guided walks around the stunning rose gardens. With a floral-themed craft market and a selection of beautiful plants and flowers for sale, this will be the icing on the cake for rose-lovers. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

18-19 June: Plant Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley

This weekend will deliver spectacular displays, specialist plants for sale and the opportunity to ask advice from the Plant Society experts. www.rhs.org.uk/wisely

19 June: Fathers’ Day, RHS Garden Wisley and RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Visitors can treat Dad to a two-course ‘Dad’s favourite’ lunch at Taste of Wisley restaurant at RHS Garden Wisley. At RHS Hyde Hall they will be able to enjoy a display of vintage and modern machinery and tractors. www.rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

23 June-13 August, performances dates and times vary: Outdoor Theatre, RHS Gardens Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor
Enjoy a plethora of Shakespeare plays in the gardens throughout the summer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, with plays including A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and even Macbeth performed as a musical. There will also be a wide range of other theatre shows for children. www.rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

23 June: Capability Brown, Quantum Outdoor Theatre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The chance to see a brand-new play, The Historie of ‘Capability Brown’ by Michael Whitmore, written especially to tie in with the 300th anniversary of his birth. This merry romp charts his life as he rises from being a gardener at Stowe to being the talk of London town. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr


2 July: Jazz on a Summer Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
This evening of jazz will a great night, with the chance to bring along a picnic and a blanket, find the best spot and settle in for the evening. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

7 July, 14 July, 21 July: Rosemoor Lates, RHS Garden Rosemoor

Visitors can enjoy live music with as they wander around the beautiful gardens at the height of summer. Performers will vary from harpist Susan Sherratt and guitarist David Jaggs to saxophonist Jim Prior. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
1, 8 & 15 July: Harlow Carr Lates, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
On selected Fridays in July take the opportunity to experience the garden on a summer's evening. Enjoy live music with the garden providing the perfect backdrop. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

7 July: Wisley Late, RHS Garden Wisley
Visitors can make the most of a late-evening opening, enjoy an evening stroll and experience the tranquillity of Wisley after hours. Last entry 8pm. Normal garden admission applies.

15-23 July, performances, dates and times vary: Summer Nights Open-air Cinema Screenings, RHS Garden Wisley and RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy outdoor film screenings of films such as The Martian (12A), Mamma Mia and Dirty Dancing (12A) for a relaxing summer evening in the garden. Visitors are advised to bring a picnic and a blanket. www.rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

16-17 July: Arts Fest, RHS Garden Wisley
Be prepared for live music, theatre performances, craft demonstrations, dance performances and a magic show in addition to interactive workshops and a programme of poetry in the beautiful surroundings of the garden in full summer colour www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

19 July-14 August: RHS Garden Hyde Hall Sculpture Trail
New for 2016, local artists will be displaying their sculptures in a trail throughout the garden, with pieces available to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

23 July: Photography Morning, RHS Garden Wisley
The chance to capture the beauty of summer mornings as the garden opens early for photography at 7.30am. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

23 July–31 August: Rocket Science, all gardens
The RHS recently teamed up with the UK Space Agency to send two kilograms of rocket seeds to the International Space Station for the Rocket Science project. These seeds have returned to earth and been distributed to 10,000 schools across the country, so that children can experiment on the effect of space travel on the seeds. This summer there will be a free activity every weekday for families to discover more, including gardening, music, arts and crafts. www.rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

23–24 July: Vintage Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This antiques and collectors’ fair is organised by Devon County Antiques Fairs, with stalls and sellers across the South West. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor


1 August: Yorkshire Day, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Enjoy a range of family activities to celebrate Yorkshire Day, including themed storytelling, Rocket Sculpture workshops and face painting. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

4–7 August: RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Now in its seventh year, this horticultural delight showcases the best of nurseries and trade in a four day event, with 60 exhibitors to browse, a floral art marquee and a new art zone. Last year’s show attracted a record 26,500 visitors. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

6–7 August: The Orchid Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This two-day show allows everyone the chance to experience the beauty and glamour of orchids with displays, tips on growing, talks and the chance to speak to the experts. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

20 August–25 September: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Contemporary or traditional, find your favourite from around 60 inspirational sculptures by some of the South East’s finest established and emerging artists. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

21 August: Classic Car Day, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A must in the diary for all classic car enthusiasts, with classic cars such as the Porsche and Jaguar. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

26–29 August: Craft in Focus Contemporary Art Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Now in its third year, this four-day craft fair bonanza includes the very best craftspeople from across the country. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

28 August: Plant Heritage Late Summer Plant Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries will be on display in this popular show. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

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


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
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

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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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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