Sweet Success at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Thursday 2 July 2015

Top sweet pea growers from up and down the UK will travel to Harrogate through the night on Friday 10 July in preparation for a weekend-long show celebrating the beauty and fragrance of sweet peas

• National Sweet Pea Show coming to Harrogate 11 – 12 July
• Features top growers from the National Sweet Pea Society
• Includes sweet pea tours, competition & awards presentation

This prestigious national competition – now in its second year at RHS Garden Harlow Carr – will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July (10am – 4pm). The National Sweet Pea Show promises visitors to the Royal Horticultural Society’s northernmost garden a riot of colour and a wealth of breath-taking scents.

The show is run by the National Sweet Pea Society and will see a mix of sweet pea growers entering in more than 70 classes. Judging will take place on Saturday morning and visitors will be able to view the prized blooms from 10am onwards.

After the judging takes place, visitors will be able to enjoy the breath-taking sights and scents of the awe-inspiring display, made up of hundreds of vases of sweet pea blooms from a wide range of cultivars. The awards presentation will take place at 2pm on the same day and visitors are welcome to watch.

Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, says: “We’re delighted to once again be hosting this wonderful show by the National Sweet Pea Society.

“Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are probably the most popular annual flower we grow at Harlow Carr. The unique scent and colour are favourites with our visitors and the show is a chance for them to see the cream of this year’s sweet pea crop under one roof.”

Bob Rishworth, Show Organiser says: “The setting up and staging of the show is no small undertaking. Growers come from all corners of the UK, many travelling overnight, spend many hours creating displays, but the hard work is all worthwhile when you see dozens of presentation vases filled with beautiful blooms and take in the heavenly scents.”

As well as the display, tours of Harlow Carr’s sweet pea displays will be running across the weekend at selected times. The tours are an opportunity to learn more about the different varieties and hear expert advice on how to grow your own at home.

The National Sweet Pea Society will set up an advisory stand and display, helping visitors with questions and advice about growing and exhibiting. Bunches of surplus blooms and seeds will also be available to buy, allowing visitors to take home a piece of the show.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr or call 01423 724690.


Notes to editors

Please contact Ali Aston, Marketing & PR Executive with any press queries on 01423 724693, email aliaston@rhs.org.uk or Sasha Jackson on 01423 724651, email sashajackson@rhs.org.uk.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

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 £8.95
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £7.95

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 over 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: 0845 130 4646 (calls to RHS ‘08’ numbers cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider`s access charge), or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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