RHS Gardens Announce Spring Events Programme

Thursday 5 February 2015

This spring the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has a host of events, talks and activities on at its four gardens RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate and RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon.

There will be exhibitions, food fests, shows, talks, children’s activities and much more. Here are a few of the highlights, for full details see rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson.

Visitors to RHS Gardens in 2015 will be able to see 7000 square meters of perennial meadow come alive in its first year at Hyde Hall; a new winter walk plus 110,000 newly-planted crocuses flowering on the conifer lawn at Wisley; a sea of 30,000 bluebells in May at Rosemoor; and an improved winter walk and floral streamside planting at Harlow Carr.

To attend or cover any events please contact stephanieshepherd@rhs.org.uk.


2 Feb – 3 May: Taste of Wisley Rhubarb Festival, RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley holds the national collection of the vegetable that thinks it’s a fruit. Come and celebrate our bumper crop of over 100 cultivars of Rhubarb. Enjoy the very best of the early forced and main crop types, which is the RHS’ only non-ornamental National Plant collection.

Until 8 Mar: Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
Banish the winter blues with a visit to our tropical display of exotic butterflies and plants from far off shores in the Glasshouse. If you’re lucky one might even land on you. Normal garden entry applies. Beat the queues and pre-book a time slot for weekends at rhs.org.uk/wisley.

7 – 8 Mar: Spring Antiques and Collectables Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor will be crammed full of antiques and collectables this weekend. Combine a chance to buy something for Mother’s Day with a walk around the garden as it comes to life.

14 Mar: Lindt Daffodil Decorating, RHS Garden Wisley
Come and see the carpets of spring flowering bulbs, including the crocus extravaganza by the garden entrance and decorate a daffodil pot to take away.

14 – 15 Mar: The Weekend Art Fair, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Over 40 local artists will be showing their work offering original work, prints and cards. The exhibition features a range of mediums and styles. There will be something for everyone.

14 – 15 Mar: Rosemoor Spring Flower Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
See amazing displays of daffodils, magnolias, hyacinths, camellias and rhododendrons from across the South West and beyond.

15 Mar: Mother’s Day, All RHS Gardens
Early spring flowers will be abundant by Mother’s Day so take a relaxing stroll in any of the four RHS Gardens. Activities vary including, daffodil pot decorating, afternoon teas (booking essential), craft stalls, photography and more.

16 Mar – 12 Apr: Ruhleben Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Tells the fascinating story of the relationship between the RHS and a horticultural society set up by British prisoners in an internment camp in Germany during World War One.

17 Mar – 12 Apr: Easter Arts and Craft Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This event will exhibit a wide range of art and craft, much with a wildlife theme. Handmade jewellery, ceramics, textiles, photographs and more will all be on offer. There will be opportunities to meet the talented makers and see demonstrations.

21 Mar: The Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Featuring competitive classes and displays by members and affiliated societies. There will also be unusual species for sale, and advice for all. 11am-4pm

21 – 22 Mar: Survivalists Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Introducing people to living off the land, treading more quietly and understanding more about nature. Amazing living off the grid ideas for everyone from small holders to gardeners, ecologists to horticulturists and a fun and educational day for all the family.

27 – 29 Mar: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
A must for all plant lovers. Come along a meet the growers, ask them your gardening questions and queries and choose quality plants to take home from specialist nurseries.

28 Mar: Cyclamen Late Spring Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Late spring-flowering cyclamen species will be exhibited and on offer along with companion bulbous plants along with expert advice. 10am – 4pm

28 Mar – 12 Apr: Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, All RHS Gardens
Hop through one of the four RHS gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for your hoppiest Easter ever!

28 Mar – 26 Apr: Orchids in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
The Orchids in the Glasshouse display is a celebration of all things bright and beautiful. It combines exotic colour and innovative planting displays to create an oasis for orchid lovers in the beautiful Glasshouse.

29 Mar: World of Alpines, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy displays of alpine plants and bulbs as well as photographs and pictures of splendid alpines from around the world. 10am – 4pm

30 Mar – 2 Apr: Easter Family Fun, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a range of art and craft activities such as bonnet making and sow and grow. Additional cash payment of £2 per child applies.


4 – 26 Apr: Scent of Wisley, RHS Garden Wisley
Learn how to fill you house or greenhouse with scent and colour this spring. This creative display will feature large swathes of heavily scented Narcissus, Dianthus, and other colourful flowering bulbs. You’ll also be surprised to see masses of Sweetpeas in full flower!

7 – 10 Apr: Easter Family Fun, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a range of art and craft activities such as bonnet making and sow and grow. Additional cash payment of £2 per child applies.

13 Apr: Tea & Talk with James Wong, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a cuppa with James Wong as he talks about his new book Grow for Flavour. Free of charge but booking essential on 020 3176 5830. 2pm – 4pm

14 Apr – 10 May: The Ceramic and Glass Exhibition, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
For the first time at Harlow Carr we will be hosting an exhibition focussing solely on glass and ceramics. This exhibition will show off a wide range of beautiful and interesting glass and ceramic products in various styles perfect for your home and garden.

13 – 19 Apr: National Gardening Week, All RHS Gardens
National Gardening Weekend will see events happening all over the country. At the four RHS Gardens there will be free opening on 17 April for National Open Gardens Day and on the 18 and 19th Spring Gardening Weekend. Celebrate the year of gardening ahead with expert advice and tips to take home. See www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk for more details

17 Apr: National Open Gardens Day, All RHS Gardens
Spend your day celebrating and discovering the fantastic delights of the UK’s gardens. All over the country gardens will be open to the public for free for the first event National Open Gardens Day. See www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk for more details.

25 Apr: Early Morning Photography, RHS Garden Wisley
Capture the garden as it comes alive in the early morning light with vivid spring colours in April or summer blooms in May. Book in advance on 020 31765830 (weekdays 9am-5pm).

25 – 26 Apr: RHS National Rhododendron Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Magnificent displays of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias along with trade and advice stands.

25 – 26 Apr: Chrysanthemum Society, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Celebrate this much loved plant and join members of the Southern Group for talks, slideshows and plant sales.

26 April: Bonsai Open Day, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Members of the Bonsai Group will be on hand to offer advice and information and visitors are invited to bring their own specimens along to obtain specific advice for their tree. An array of bonsai trees will also be on display for guests to view and enjoy.

30 Apr – 3 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Meet some of the finest craftspeople in the UK and browse a range of contemporary and traditional crafts, which have been inspired by the beauty of the garden at this time of year. These include jewellery; wood craft; glass, pottery and ceramics; clothes and art.


2 – 4 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
This three-day craft fair provides the opportunity to find unique hand-made gifts. All exhibitors are UK based and some will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

2 – 4 May: Spring Craft and Design Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Treat yourself over the Bank Holiday Weekend with a visit to Rosemoor’s Craft and Design Fair where you can browse amongst stalls of beautiful and unusual hand crafted items for home and garden. This three-day fair showcases a wealth of West Country creative talent and includes handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, clothing, handbags and glasswork, among many other hand made products

3 May: The Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Held in conjunction with Plant Heritage, specialist nurseries will be onsite selling a range of beautiful plants. This hugely popular event will provide great inspiration for your garden at home and a wealth of advice and information will be on offer from the RHS Advisory Team.

4 May – 28 Jun: Taste of Wisley British Herb Fest, RHS Garden Wisley
Celebrate the best of British herbs with more than just parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Our Taste of Wisley dishes will be uniquely flavoured with Wisley herbs. Enter our Herb Fest competition and the winner’s dish will be featured in the Food Hall.

6 May – 7 Jun: International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
View around 40 prints showcasing winners from the 2014 International Garden Photographer of the Year competition on display at Hyde Hall.

9 – 10 May: The Harlow Carr Rhododendron Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Help us to celebrate beautiful collections of Rhododendrons in a weekend dedicated to these wonderful woody ornamental shrubs. The Harlow Carr Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia group will be onsite all weekend offering advice and expertise as well conducting special woodland walks, talks and exhibitions from local growers

9 May – 7 Jun: Pelargonium in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
A vibrant display of Wisley’s Pelargonium collection featuring many different types, such as ‘Regals’, ‘Scented leaves’, and ‘Zonals’. This year’s display will incorporate the feel of the Mediterranean. Plants will be arranged to evoke the feeling of warmer lands, using additional plants such as tender Lavenders, Cycads and Agaves.

12 May – 7 Jun: The Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
This gorgeous spring craft fair returns with a fabulous selection of modern craft. There will be a range of beautiful and original gifts on offer. Exhibitors include jewellers, felt makers, textile artists, card makers, photographers, furniture makers and many more.

16 – 17 May: Plant Heritage Spring Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This popular Plant Fair has grown in size and interest. There will be a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries for sale under the Plant Heritage banner. A must for all keen gardeners and collectors.

23 May: Early Morning Photography, RHS Garden Wisley
Capture the garden as it comes alive in the early morning light with vivid spring colours in April or summer blooms in May. Book in advance on 020 31765830 (weekdays 9am-5pm).

23 May – 21 Jun: ‘Alice’ Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Come and see this exhibition of original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, famous for illustrating the Alice in Wonderland books.

23 - 25 May: Carnivorous Plants Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Learn more about these fascinating plants, whether you’re a seasoned carnivorous plant grower or a new beginner. There will be talks by the Carnivorous Plant Society, displays and opportunities to buy plants together with growing guides, sundries and more.

23 – 31 May: Super Power Flowers May Half Term, All RHS Gardens
Do you have super powers? RHS Gardens will be going super flower power crazy this half term with fun family activities in store to welcome in the summer and celebrate the power of flowers. Activities vary across the gardens but include, flower trails, sunflower sowing, craft workshops, a honey festival, dancing and more. See rhs.org.uk/gardens for details

30 – 31 May: The Beekeeping Open Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
The Harrogate and Ripon Bee Keepers Association will be displaying their skills and running a range of demonstrations, including candle making, honey extraction and Skep Making. With children’s bee activities and quizzes too, there’s something for all the family. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained why not learn about the Harlow Carr bee’s by viewing a demo and talk at the bee observation hive at selected times over the weekend.

31 May: British Iris Society Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
See a superb display of irises in an exhibition staged by the British Iris Society. Also talks, advice and plant sales.


Notes to editors

For more information and images, please contact Stephanie Shepherd in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or stephanieshepherd@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.

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, 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. 210 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 www.rhs.org.uk/join

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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 www.rhs.org.uk

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