Record Visitor Numbers for RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Friday 20 January 2017

• Yorkshire garden reports record numbers for sixth year running • Harrogate Mayor will present 400,000th visitor with ‘a little patch of Harlow Carr’ • World-class horticulture at heart of the most northerly RHS Garden

RHS Garden Harlow Carr has reported record visitor numbers for the sixth year running, topping the 400,000 mark for the first time.

Laurie Hickling from Wetherby was the 400,000th visitor through the doors of the most northerly Royal Horticultural Society Garden, in Harrogate*. Laurie and his wife Pauline are regular visitors to Harlow Carr and have been RHS members for more than 15 years.

To mark the occasion, the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Councillor Nick Brown and Mrs Linda Brown, will present a ‘little patch of Harlow Carr’ in the form of a winter planter to Mr and Mrs Hickling at 1.45pm on Tuesday 24 January 2017. The planter features some of the garden’s most striking winter plants including Cornus sanguinea (dogwood) ‘Midwinter Fire’ stems, beautiful hellebores and irises, and fragrant Sarcococca (sweet box).

Liz Thwaite, Head of Site for RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: ”When the RHS took over the running of the garden in 2001 we had 70,000 visitors a year. Within 10 years we more than quadrupled that figure when we reached the 300,000 milestone. Topping the 400,000 mark for the first time this year is a huge achievement and a real testament to the vision and dedication of the staff and volunteers who work here.”

Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: “World-class horticulture is at the heart of the garden and continues to attract visitors in their droves. The planting schemes are the stars of the show – from the beautiful Main Borders in summer to the vibrant colours of the Winter Walk – the garden offers inspiration and practical ideas that visitors can take back to their own gardens.”

The garden regularly puts on seasonal events, fairs and workshops and in 2016 Harlow Carr’s first flower show attracted almost 12,000 visitors in three days. The team hopes to build on that success with a host of new events planned for 2017 including a Grow & Show Weekend on 28 – 29 January and a Winter Garden Weekend taking place on 11 – 12 February. Additional horticultural ambitions for 2017 include widening the Streamside to enable visitors to get closer to the water’s edge and developing plans for the nearby Harrogate Arms and its surrounding landscape.

The 400,000th visitor, Laurie Hickling, said: ”We just love Harlow Carr. It’s one of those places where you can completely switch off and relax. There’s always something new to see, no matter what time of year you visit; we’re particularly enjoying the winter stem colour at the moment and we’re looking forward to the spring bulbs popping up in the coming months.”

* RHS Garden Harlow Carr welcomed its 400,000th visitor on 1 January 2017 (visitor numbers calculated from 1 February to 31 January annually).

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
SatNav: HG3 1UE

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £11.00
Family (2 plus 2) £28.00
Children 5 – 16yrs £5.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £9.00

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: For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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