RHS Garden Harlow Carr Autumn Events Programme

Friday 22 May 2015

September 2015 – November 2015

This autumn the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) hosts a range of events, talks and activities at its northernmost garden, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire.

Highlights include a Real Ale and Cider Festival, a celebration of the beauty of natural wood and the garden’s first-ever Alpine Garden Show. There are also a host of courses and workshops to choose from, from pruning and propagation to craft and photography.

EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

September

2 – 16 Sept: The Wool & Felt Exhibition
This exhibition focuses on wool and felt, with demonstrations, tips and advice on knitting and felting, and the chance to buy wool and felt kits and materials. Normal garden admission.

5, 12, 19, 26 Sept: Morning Light Photography Opening
This event offers an early start (8am) for keen photographers who can visit the garden before normal opening hours to take early morning images as summer draws to a close and autumn creeps in. No pre-booking required. Normal garden admission.

5 Sept: The Fruit Show
This exciting show offers visitors a chance to see the wide variety of high-quality fruit grown in the north of England. Normal garden admission.

6 Sept: The Autumn Plant Fair
Specialist nurseries will be at Harlow Carr selling a range of plants at this popular event, held in conjunction with Plant Heritage. This hugely popular event will provide great inspiration for your garden at home. Normal garden admission.

19 – 20 Sept: Real Ale and Cider Festival
Harlow Carr’s Real Ale and Cider Festival will feature a range of interesting, unusual and eminently quaffable real ales and ciders from the four corners of Yorkshire. The garden will be open late (last entry 7pm, garden closes at 8pm) so visitors can savour a pint or two into the early evening. Normal garden admission.

24 Sept: Children’s Storytime, 11am start
Come and join a storytelling session, where tales of great garden adventures and little garden creatures will be told. The session will be followed by a short walk or song. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-5s. Normal garden admission

23 Sept – 8 Oct: The Natural Wood Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the natural beauty of wood, with lovingly handcrafted wooden products such as furniture and homewares on offer, along with the chance to meet the makers and watch live demonstrations. Normal garden admission.


October

10 – 14 Oct: The Apple Display
Harlow Carr goes apple-tastic in October with fantastic apple displays. The Northern Fruit Group will be on hand with advice, and there will be a chance to enjoy a taster or two. Normal garden admission.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 Oct: Autumn Food Festival
Celebrate the autumn harvest and experience all that’s fresh and tasty this season. The garden will be packed with local food stalls, expert advice, cookery demonstrations, tastings and displays. Take part in a ‘fungus foray’ around the garden to identify edible mushrooms, and appreciate an autumn apple display. There will also be a chance to enjoy traditional craft, artisan demonstrations and family activities inspired by the natural beauty of wood. Normal garden admission.

14 Oct 8 Nov: The Autumn Art and Craft Exhibition
This exhibition will offer a wide range of beautifully handmade gifts, accessories, art and homewares, with the opportunity to watch artisan demonstrations and meet the makers. Normal garden admission.

Sat 17 Oct: The Alpine Garden Show
This is the first time that Harlow Carr has hosted this show, with people travelling from across the UK to show and sell their alpine plants. Normal garden admission.

24 Oct – 1 Nov: ‘Spooky Woodlands’ October Half Term
Families can discover the spooky woodlands at Harlow Carr this Halloween with a fun-filled week of family activities and workshops. Normal garden admission.


November

Fri 6 Nov: Free Day Friday – Open Day, all gardens
An opportunity to visit the four RHS Gardens for free and enjoy them as they bed down for the winter.

10 – 29 Nov: The Art & Craft for Christmas Exhibition
This exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to buy bespoke and handmade Christmas presents, with plenty of beautiful items on sale. Normal garden admission.

26 Nov: Children’s Storytime, 11am start
Come and join a storytelling session, where tales of great garden adventures and little garden creatures will be told. The session will be followed by a short walk or song. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-5s. Normal garden admission


ADULT EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

September

5 Sept: Starting from scratch – A beginner’s guide to growing vegetables
A full-day workshop covering the basics of growing your own vegetables, including advice on how to assess your soil and what to grow. RHS members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

8 – 10 Sept: Botanical Painting - Herbaceous Border Flowers
Capture the form, colour and detail of a September garden on this three-day botanical painting course. RHS members £145, non-members £169. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

16 Sept: How to grow a cut flower garden
Learn the skills for growing beautiful cut flowers to enhance both the outside and inside of your home. RHS members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

18 Sept: Guided Walk – Planning for late colour
Join Harlow Carr’s Curator Paul Cook on a walk and talk and find out how to extend the season with planting combinations that offer interest and excitement late into autumn. RHS members £25, non-members £33. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

26 September: Edible Forest Gardening
Discover the principles and design of a forest garden: a food-producing garden that includes fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes and perennial herbs and vegetables. RHS members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.


October

2 Oct: Photographing Fungi
Bring your own digital camera along to this one-day photography course, which will cover the equipment needed and techniques used to obtain successful pictures of fungi. RHS members £60, non-members £68. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

5 Oct: A practical introduction to hardwood cuttings
Find out which plants are suitable for cuttings including dogwood, blackcurrant and willow. Learn how to pot up and grow your cuttings on for new plants for next spring. RHS members £25, non-members £33. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

9 Oct: Willow platter
Learn the basic techniques needed to make a traditional willow platter including weaving and trimming. RHS members £65, non-members £73. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

15 Oct: Introduction to macro and close-up photography
This new workshop is aimed at intermediate or experienced photographers who want to learn more about macro and close-up photography with an emphasis on flowers, plants and foliage. RHS members £85, non-members £93. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

16 Oct: Photographing the colours and textures of autumn
Photographers of all abilities will be encouraged to take a creative and artistic approach to interpreting form, pattern, colour and light. RHS members £85, non-members £93. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

23 Oct: Autumn Inspired
Let the warm and wonderful tones and textures of autumn at Harlow Carr inspire you in this floral design workshop. Create a topiary and wreath design with fruits, berries, foliage and seed pods. RHS members £70, non-members £78. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

29 – 30 Oct: Botanical Painting: Illuminated Herbals
Learn how to embellish your paintings with real gold leaf and produce a dramatic painting. The workshop will demonstrate how to design, paint and gild your own herbal image. RHS members £145, non-members £169. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.


November

7 Nov: Linocut – ‘Creative Christmas’
Combine your passion for plants with a fun, practical activity and create your own simple linocut design ready for printing. RHS members £60, non-members £68. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

7 Nov: Growing berries and currants for beginners
Learn how to select, grow and harvest the different types of soft fruit that can be grown at home including strawberries, currants and raspberries. Get advice on how to combat the pests and diseases that are likely to spoil your crop. RHS members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

14 Nov: Fruit trees for beginners
Learn how to select, plant, prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, plums and cherries. There will be top tips on harvesting and storage for your fruit as well as advice on pest control. RHS members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

13 Nov: Felt Christmas cards and decorations
Whether you prefer a mini nativity set or a jolly Santa, enjoy a fun day of needle felting to make your own Christmas figures to use as decorations or to give as presents. RHS members £70, non-members £78. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

27 Nov: Willow festive trees
Create your very own contemporary decoration with a difference. Learn the techniques needed to make twiggy natural Christmas trees using willow, hazel and birch. RHS members £65, non-members £73. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

28 Nov: Willow angels
Make a beautiful willow angel sculpture for your home using a variety of basketry techniques.
The angels are made from stripped white willow and stand about 60cm (2ft) tall. RHS members £65, non-members £73. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

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 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: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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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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