Winter Events for Garden Lovers

Wednesday 9 October 2013

RHS Events, December 2013 – February 2014

This winter, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is bringing together the very best of gardening, with events and activities across Britain to delight and inspire every garden lover. Here are just a few of the highlights…

26 Nov – 8 Dec; Christmas Arts Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A chance to get Christmas shopping done early and browse and buy from the gifted artists displaying their work. The exhibition will include landscapes, traditional and abstract paintings, botanical and silk painting, printmaking, pencil drawings, ceramics, handcrafted woodturnings, original cards and prints.

27 Nov – 1 Dec; Christmas Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Craft in Focus brings more than 100 of the finest British craftspeople to Wisley for a special five-day pre-Christmas shopping opportunity. Beautiful handcrafted gifts will be on sale in the special marquees outside the garden.

28 Nov – 8 Dec; Christmas Art Exhibition, RHS Garden Wisley
Leading local artists from around the Surrey region exhibit a range of affordable, seasonally themed works for sale at this popular annual show.

1 – 31 Dec; WI Christmas Tree Displays, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
To add to the festive feeling, the garden will be decked out with Christmas trees, all hand decorated by members of the Essex Women’s Institute.

2 – 22 Dec; Christmas Lunch in the Barn Restaurant, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Visitors can tuck into a traditional Christmas lunch throughout December at the Barn Restaurant after working up an appetite with a wintery walk through the beautiful gardens.

6 – 22 Dec; Festive Lunches, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch from the tantalising seasonal menu in the Restaurant, the perfect reward after sharpening your appetite with a walk in the garden.

7 Dec 2013 – 5 Jan 2014; Christmas Display in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
The display teams will once more be delighting Christmas visitors to the Glasshouse at Wisley, decking its halls with Christmas plants, wreaths and Christmas trees that will amaze and astound.

7 – 8 Dec; Children’s Magic of Christmas Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Young visitors can enjoy storytelling sessions as well as craft activities such as card crafting, angel making and biscuit decorating before writing a letter to Father Christmas and posting it themselves.

Weekends from 30 Nov – 22 Dec plus 23 and 24 Dec; The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A series of festive events for the whole family including gingerbread decorating, writing letters to Father Christmas and Christmas-robin garden trails. There will also be plenty of gift ideas in the shop and yummy treats at Betty's Café Tea Rooms & Shop. For something extra special, book a Christmas story with Santa, where you can snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale (selected dates, booking essential).

7 – 8 and 14 – 15 Dec; The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Enjoy a host of Christmas-themed activities over these two weekends at Rosemoor. Younger visitors can join in with Elf and the Christmas Tree Fairy’s storytelling and song sessions before writing a letter to Father Christmas himself and making a Christmas wish. Devon folk singer Jim Causley will be adding to the festive atmosphere with live music.

11 and 18 Dec; Christmas Shopping events, RHS Garden Rosemoor
The Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre will be staying open until 8pm for a special evening of festive shopping. Live music, tastings and demonstrations will add to the atmosphere as visitors browse through a range of Christmas gifts, books, seasonal plants and beautiful Christmas decorations, in search of that perfect present.

14 – 15 Dec; Christmas Lunches, RHS Garden Rosemoor
The Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be serving traditional Christmas lunches using the best locally sourced produce.

21 Dec – 5 Jan; Enchanted Story Trail, RHS Garden Wisley
Join us for a festive family adventure through Wisley’s enchanted wintertime garden as a riot of stories and songs are waiting to be found in the magical landscape. Suitable for intrepid explorers aged 4 to 10 years old and their adult helpers.

18 Jan – 9 Mar 2014; Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
Set family hearts a-flutter in this tropical paradise where exotic butterflies take flight among plants from far-off shores. Be amazed by the many colours and sizes of butterflies flying around our ‘jungle’ and learn all about them. If you’re lucky one might even land on you. Children can help create giant butterfly willow sculptures on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2014.

11 Jan – 30 Mar 2014; David Watkinson Exhibition, RHS Garden Wisley
Renowned sculptor and kinetic artist David Watkinson will be exhibiting 10 large sculptures. Inspired by the harmony between the laws of physics and life on earth, this RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibitor is certain to bring a different perspective to the garden.

28 Jan, 12 Feb and 26 Feb 2014; Butterflies Photography Mornings, RHS Garden Wisley
Learn how to best photograph these wonderful creatures against the unique backdrop of the Glasshouse at Wisley on our tutored (28 Jan and 26 Feb) or non-tutored (12 Feb) photography mornings. See for prices and further details.


15 – 23 Feb 2014; February Half Term, RHS Garden Wisley

Enjoy Butterflies in the Glasshouse, make a bouncing butterfly, sow and grow a plant to attract butterflies to your own garden, make a caterpillar hat or a butterfly mosaic. Activities vary daily, check for what’s on when.

15 – 23 Feb 2014; February Half Term, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr will be scaring the crows away this half-term with a range of scarecrow-themed events for the whole family to enjoy, whatever the weather. Seek out Sammy Scarecrow’s belongings on a secret trail or get creative with craft to make the crows caw. If you really want to give the birds a fright, why not enter the scarecrow-building competition, too, where your own life-size scarecrow will be displayed in the garden for all to see.

15 Feb 2014; Children’s Scarecrow Making, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Gather the family for some good old-fashioned fun. We’ll provide the basic scarecrow kit and you can bring the clothes to dress it. Sessions at 10.15am, 11.45am & 1.15pm.

18 – 21 Feb 2014; Children’s Scarecrow Stories and Craft, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Have fun with a range of scarecrow-themed activities including lollipop scarecrows, storytelling sessions, hat making and colouring sheets.


Notes to editors

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Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at
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 CS3 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. 209 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

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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

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