RHS Gardens Summer Events Programme

Monday 30 March 2015

June 2015 - August 2015

This summer 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.

Here are just a few of the highlights – for full listings details see rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson


6 May – 7 June: International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. This exhibition will include around 40 prints showing winners from the 2014 competition. rhs.org.uk/hydehall

1 June – 12 July: Wild roses in the Wisley Garden Library, RHS Garden Wisley
A chance to see charming images of roses from the RHS Lindley Library’s art collection. rhs.org.uk/wisley

4 June: ‘A Plantsman’s Life’, RHS Garden Rosemoor
The National Gardening Scheme and the RHS invite gardeners to a delicious afternoon tea and a talk by Roy Lancaster VMH, broadcaster, author, plantsman extraordinaire. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

13 – 14 June: Bonsai Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The Bonsai Group will be on site to offer advice on these special trees. There will be an opportunity to see how trees are styled, and to pick up tips and hints for practicing at home, plus special styling demonstrations. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

9 June – 5 July: Summer Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This exhibition features artwork in various media. From traditional to quirky and unique, there really is something to delight everyone. Works are available to purchase. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

20 – 21 June: All About Plants, RHS Garden Wisley
‘All About Plants’ will explore the best of the past, present and future of plants. Staged in partnership with Plant Societies and Plant Heritage, this weekend will deliver spectacular displays, specialist plants for sale and expert advice. rhs.org.uk/wisley

20 June: Hyde Hall Summer Soiree, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
An evening of music from the 50s and 60s courtesy of the Bluejays Band, the UK’s premier Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Picnics and vintage attire most welcome. rhs.org.uk/hydehall

20 – 21 June: Challenge Dad – Father’s Weekend (activities and times may vary), RHS Garden Harlow Carr, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Wisley
This Father’s Day, RHS Gardens will host a variety of activities that dads and kids can enjoy together. Adventurous visitors can complete a mini-orienteering course at Harlow Carr, while at Hyde Hall there will be a display of vintage garden tools. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in high tea at Wisley and make seeded paper. rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson

20 – 21 June: Rose Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A chance to celebrate the heavenly scent of the garden in midsummer with guided walks around Rosemoor, home to more than 2,000 rose cultivars. There will also be specialist rose advice, rose identification and a floral-themed craft market. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

27 – 28 June: Petal to Pot, all gardens (activities and times may vary)
RHS Gardens will explore in depth the history of tea and its perfect accompaniment cake. Bettys Café Tea Rooms will be featuring its delicious cakes at Harlow Carr, while Wisley and Hyde Hall will treat visitors to a vintage tea party and cake-decorating classes. Visitors to Rosemoor on the Sunday will get to see a performance of Bake it Big with Glenn Cosby. rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson


9 July: Wisley Late, RHS Garden Wisley
Experience the tranquillity of Wisley after hours. rhs.org.uk/wisley

11 – 12 July: National Sweet Pea Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Top sweet pea growers from all over the UK will be entering this prestigious competition. Members of the National Sweet Pea Society will be offering expert advice and their beautiful blooms will be on sale. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

14 – 15 July, 15 August, 27 August: Open-air theatre, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Thespians will love watching performances of Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island and Twelth Night in the beautiful surroundings of Harlow Carr. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

18 – 19 July: Arts Fest, RHS Garden Wisley
At this year’s Art Fest visitors will be able to enjoy live music, theatre performances, craft demonstrations and an aerial acrobat in the Glasshouse. In addition there will be interactive workshops and a programme of poetry. rhs.org.uk/wisley

19 July: Book Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Gardening and horticultural titles will feature among the interesting and unusual books for sale. The centrepiece will be ‘The Gingerbread House’ – a giant knitted house, which was the second in a series of huge community knitting projects by All2Knit. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

22 July– 31 August: ‘Adventures in Wonderland’, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust, all gardens (activities, dates and times may vary)
In celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the children’s book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, each of the four RHS Gardens will host a wide variety of activities, trails and craft workshops for families inspired by Alice and her adventures. On Sundays throughout the sum mer RHS Garden Harlow Carr will treat visitors to Madhatters Music Sundays, and RHS Garden Rosemoor will host Alice in Wonderland-themed tea parties. RHS Garden Wisley will hold a workshop teaching young visitors how to craft their own Mad Hatter inspired hats, and RHS Garden Hyde Hall will stage a range of exciting trails and craft activities. rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson

25 – 26 July: Vintage Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A chance to browse stalls of antiques and collectables. There will be vintage vehicles, a fairground organ and a model railway to marvel at, plus horticultural and farm machinery. Families can join in garden games, and on Sunday afternoon visitors will be welcomed with the sounds of Torrington Silver Band. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

30 July: 2 August, RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
This four-day flagship event is an absolute must for the diary. Magnificent floral displays from specialist nurseries will dazzle, and a fantastic range of plants and garden tools will be available to browse and buy. rhs.org.uk/hydehall


4 August: Creepy Crawlies Roadshow with Reptobug, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A collection of exotic spiders, snakes, insects and lizards will be available to see and touch. An expert will be on hand to teach visitors all about the creepy crawlies. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

8 – 9 August: Orchid Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harrogate Orchid Society and the RHS are jointly hosting this ‘orchids for everyone’ weekend, supported by the North of England Orchid Society and the Darlington and District Orchid Society. Visitors will see large displays of orchids and experience the glamour of these magnificent plants. There will be potting demonstrations and expert advice, and plants can be purchased to take home. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

15 August: Local Produce Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Gardeners are invited to enter their home-grown produce into Rosemoor’s very own local produce show. There are categories both for adults and children, with Rosemoor Gift Shop vouchers as prizes. Throughout the day there will be cookery demonstrations and workshops. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

22 – 23 August: Birds of Prey, RHS Garden Wisley
A chance to meet wonderful birds of prey up close and learn all about them during this weekend. The birds will give agility displays at 11am and 2pm each day. rhs.org.uk/wisley

22 August – 27 September: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Sixty inspirational sculptures by some of the South East’s finest established and emerging artists will be exhibited and available to buy at RHS Garden Wisley. rhs.org.uk/wisley

27 August: Falconry Display, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Experts from North Devon Falconry Centre will be on site with its display of Harris's hawks, a range of falcons (including gyrfalcon, lanner and peregrine) plus a magnificent Bengal Eagle Owl. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

28 – 31 August: Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Brought to you by Craft in Focus, all exhibitors have been specially selected for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design, as well as outstanding technical ability. Anyone seeking something unusual and original and produced by an individual business that has a real passion for the work they create will not be disappointed. rhs.org.uk/hydehall

30 August: Plant Heritage Late Summer Plant Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This popular plant fair has grown in size and interest since it was first held at Rosemoor more than a decade ago. There will be a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries on display and for sale. rhs.org.uk/rosemoor


Notes to editors

For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Samantha Ringer in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or samantharinger@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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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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