RHS Gardens Winter Events Programme December 2016-February 2017

Monday 26 September 2016

This winter the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) offers a huge range of exciting 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.

Highlights will include winter walks, spectacular Christmas light displays and the beauty of tropical butterflies. Below are a few. For more detail or images see www.rhs.org.uk/gardens or contact the press office at hannahdolby@rhs.org.uk.


2-4 Dec: Children’s Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Visitors can come and say hello to Santa and his elf, and listen to a special Christmas story. Afterwards there is the chance to have fun making a range of seasonal art and craft items. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

2-4, 9-11 & 16-24 Dec: Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Families can get in the festive spirit on the 12 days of Christmas Activity Hunt with the chance to put on on their best Christmas jumpers and join fluffy polar bears and penguins in the photo booth for a festive family snap. There are also storytelling sessions with Santa; early booking is advised. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 20–23 Dec: Stories and Songs with Santa, RHS Garden Wisley
A chance for children to decorate gingerbread and make their own horticultural Christmas decoration. Visit Santa and Mrs Claus for stories, songs and a present. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

3-4 Dec: Christmas Sparkle Gift Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Find unique and unusual presents for loved ones this Christmas while being entertained by The Essex Chordsmen, who will delight with their seasonal tunes. A range of tempting festive food will also be available. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

3 Dec 2016–4 Jan 2017: Christmas display in The Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
Visitors can enter into a magical Gingerbread House and garden filled with poinsettias and colourful seasonal plants, or peek at the Ten Christmas Trees from around the world exhibit, designed by local schools. In the arid and tropical zones there will be candy canes wrapped in seasonal flowering plants such as Schlumbergera and bromeliads. The Glasshouse Gallery will feature a display of the Wisley Citrus Collection. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Until 2 Jan: Christmas Glow at Wisley, RHS Garden Wisley
From 30 November until the beginning of January, visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season after sunset with magical giant illuminated flowers installed around the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 Dec: Christmas Lunches, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Delicious Christmas lunches will be served in the Garden Kitchen Restaurant using the best local produce available. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

10-11 Dec & 17-18 Dec: The Magic of Christmas – A Christmas Carol, RHS Garden Rosemoor
‘Entertainingly Different’ present ‘A Christmas Carol’ story trail and immersive theatre experience around the garden. There is the chance to come face-to-face with some of the best loved characters from Dickens’ seasonal favourite. Children of all ages welcome. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

10-11 Dec: Christmas Shopping Showcase, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
For an altogether more relaxing shopping experience, pop into the RHS Shop & Plant Centre, home to a generous array of goodies, from books and baubles to saucepans and scarves. Christmas favourites include natural tree decorations, wreaths, mistletoe and holly. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer help and advice, and all our hardy plants have a five-year guarantee. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Dec-Jan: Winter Walk, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Winter Walk this winter. To mark the occasion, 5000 irises have been planted and will bloom as the Harrogate garden moves into early spring. Adorned with daphnes, witch hazels, birch trees and maples, the striking stem colours and variety of forms, textures and scents make this a must-see. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Until 7 Jan 2017: Illuminated Winter Garden, RHS Garden Rosemoor
From 18 Nov onwards, colour-changing lights delight and enthral around the Winter Garden, offering the chance to appreciate the magic of Rosemoor in the depths of winter as it has never been seen before. Thursday, Fridays, & Saturdays until 8.30pm (excl. Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve). www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

Until 19 Feb 2017: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
From 19 Nov, Rosemoor’s popular winter sculpture exhibition offers an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits by a different sculptors, with sculptures set against the backdrop of the Garden in winter. Free, guided sculpture walks at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor


7 Jan-26 Feb: A Garden Behind Barbed Wire, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The RHS Lindley Library reveals a remarkable piece of World War One history from its archives - the ‘forgotten’ story of an intrepid group of British men who set up a horticultural society in the Ruhleben internment camp in Germany and helped to feed their fellow prisoners throughout the War. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

14 Jan-5 March: Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
Our exotic garden paradise is perfect for flamboyant butterflies from warmer climes. Visitors can come and learn about the life of butterflies and be warmed by their vibrant colours. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

21 Jan-12 Feb: Sensational Snowdrops, RHS Garden Rosemoor
An exhibition of original artwork from the RHS Lindley Library will be on display in the lecture hall and there will be free guided walks of Rosemoor’s delightful snowdrop collection on Tuesday mornings (weather permitting). www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

28-29 Jan: Grow and Show Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
RHS Advisor Martin Fish and his panel of experts will give practical talks and demonstrations and hold gardening question and answer sessions for both amateur and expert gardeners. The event is a great way to kick-start the horticultural calendar.

28-29 Jan: ‘Paper to Petals’ Snowdrops & Hellebores, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Craft demonstrations in making beautiful handmade snowdrops and hellebores from crepe paper to brighten homes and banish the dull winter days. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor


11-12 Feb: Winter Garden Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
RHS Advisor Martin Fish and his panel of experts will give practical talks and demonstrations and hold gardening question and answer sessions focusing on how to get the best out of the garden during winter and how to prep for the year ahead. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

11 Feb: Scarecrow Making, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A great opportunity for the whole family to get together and have fun making a scarecrow. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

11-19 Feb: February Half Term Fun - RHS Garden Wisley
Visitors can enjoy the wonder of butterflies, whatever the weather, by creating butterfly-themed weather crafts. There is the chance to make a rain stick decorated with butterflies, create a butterfly watering can, make a bubble-art butterfly or bring in outgrown wellington boots to decorate and upcycle, by planting them up with flower seeds to attract butterflies. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

11-19 Feb: February Half-Term Fun – Come Rain or Shine, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Whatever the weather, half term offers activities for all the family. Family drop in craft workshops and trails around the garden. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

13-17 Feb: February Half-Term Fun – Come Rain or Shine, RHS Hyde Hall
Whatever the weather, February half term offers activities for all the family. Join us for a fun week of crafts and activities linked to that very British subject – the weather!

18-26 Feb: February Half-Term Fun – Come Rain or Shine, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Whatever the weather half term offers activities for all the family. Join the Royal Meteorological Society for a variety of practical art and science activities and engage with the nation’s most talked about topic; the weather. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

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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