RHS Gardens Spring Events Programme March – May 2016

Tuesday 3 November 2015

This spring the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) bursts into season with a host of events, talks and activities at its four gardens – RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire and RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon.

Highlights include a chilli fiesta, the chance to learn how to ‘live off the grid’, a bat walk at dusk, and of course plenty of Mother’s Day, Easter and half-term activities. Below are just a few. For full listings, please visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens and for further information on each event, please contact the press office

5 -6 March: Spring Antiques & Collectables Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor

Devon County Antiques Fairs organise this popular event with carefully selected stall holders from across the South West and beyond, selling a wide variety of antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and pockets. Browsing is positively encouraged! www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

5-6 March: Time with Mum - Mother’s Day Weekend, all gardens, times vary
Spoil mums at an RHS garden this Mother’s Day weekend. Activities include afternoon tea (booking essential), craft and photography stalls, and more. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the sights and smells of early spring flowers. https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

12 -13 March: Rosemoor Spring Flower Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Enjoy a glorious display of camellias, early magnolias and rhododendrons. This year, in addition to the RHS Early Camellia competition, the show will include classes for growing ornamental shrubs and a Rosemoor Daffodil and RHS Hyacinth competition. Come and view the exquisite displays of top quality blooms from competitors all over the South West and beyond. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

18–20 March: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Kick start your gardening year at Wisley's Spring Plant Fair. Pick up beautiful, high quality spring plants from specialist growers and nurseries. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

19-20 March: Survivalists Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This exciting event offers amazing ‘living off the grid’ ideas for everyone from smallholders to gardeners, to ecologists and horticulturists. A great fun day out for all the family, it will introduce many to the idea of living off the land, treading more quietly, and understanding more about nature and the ability of people and plants to survive ever-changing situations. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

25 March-10 April: Garden Detectives - Easter Holiday Activities, all gardens, dates and times vary
Hop around one of the four RHS Gardens on the trail of the Lindt gold bunny. Follow the clues on the Garden Detectives trail to lead you to a delicious treat for your best Easter ever! https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens

2–3 April: Shohin Bonsai Weekend, RHS Garden Wisley

A chance to explore the wonderful world of the Bonsai Tree to a level not seen outside Japan: Shohin Bonsai Weekend will feature displays by the Sutton Bonsai Society and the National Shohin Bonsai Show, as well as some of the finest rising stars of the Bonsai world judging and carrying out demonstrations and workshops. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

11-17 April: National Gardening Week, all gardens
Listen out for events all over the country for National Gardening Week! Come and share in the fun at the four RHS Gardens – this year’s theme will be Health, Horticulture and Happiness. There will also be free entry for non-members on Friday 15 April for National Open Gardens Day. More details at www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk closer to the time.

16-17 April: Grey to Green Gardening Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Grey to Green Gardening Weekend explores the many health benefits of gardening. Come and see just what can be done to improve those grey spaces that can blight our lives. Part of the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain campaign. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

16-17 April: Essex Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A weekend event organised by Essex Plant Heritage with around 30 local nurseries selling a variety of plants. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

23 April: Photography Morning, RHS Garden Wisley
Enjoy an early spring morning in the garden to take the perfect photograph of the spring colour. Open from 7.30am. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

23-24 April: RHS National Rhododendron Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This National Show has over 60 classes covering all types of these beautiful spring flowering plants, as well as trade and advice stands. Competitions are free to enter and open to anyone. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

23-24 April: Chrysanthemum Society, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The local Chrysanthemum Society will giving advice and selling their plants. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

28 April-2 May: Spring Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
Over 160 exhibitors will offer the chance to buy direct from the best artists and craftmakers in the UK while visitors enjoy the beautiful and inspiring setting of the garden in spring. There will also be the Festival of Silver, a collection of some of the finest contemporary British silversmithing created by established and up-and-coming UK silversmiths in the Glasshouse Gallery. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

29 April-2 May: Essex Craft & Design May Craft Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A four day event over the Bank Holiday, showcasing local crafts. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

30 April-1 May: Spring Festival Weekend, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Specialist nurseries will be on-site selling a range of beautiful plants. This hugely popular event will provide great inspiration for your garden at home and a wealth of advice from the RHS Advisory Team. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

30 April-2 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 fair showcases a wealth of West Country creative talent and includes handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, clothing, handbags and glasswork. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

7–8 May: Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia Group Centenary Celebrations, RHS Garden Wisley

A celebration of 100 years of the Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia Group, with colourful, eye catching displays: Throughout the weekend visitors can also join tours of the garden rhododendron collections, led by the RHS curatorial team. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

7-8 May: Devon Chilli Fiesta, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Our all-weather Terrace Marquee will house over 30 of the top producers from all over the UK, with chilli plants, chilli sauces, chilli chocolate and fudge and chilli preserves to try and buy. There will also be talks, cookery demonstrations, special guests, music and children's activities including free face painting, and a chilli trail around the formal garden. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

12 May: Bat Walk, RHS Garden Wisley
Discover the secret world of bats at sunset, in a walk organised by the Surrey Bat Group. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

14-15 May: Plant Heritage Spring Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
This popular Plant Fair has grown significantly since it was first held at Rosemoor over a decade ago. 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 plant collectors. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

14-15 May: The Rhododendron Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Celebrate the beauty of Rhododendrons at a weekend dedicated to these wonderfully woody ornamental shrubs. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

27 May: Budding Gardeners, RHS Garden Hyde Hall and RHS Garden Wisley
As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, local schools will build their own mini show garden, to be judged by the garden’s curator. The gardens will be on show until 5 June and there will also be the chance for the public to vote for their favourite. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall and www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

31 May-3 June: ‘Scouting for All’ May Half Term; all gardens; dates, activities and times vary.
Scouting-themed activities as well as an interactive orienteering trail around the garden. https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens


Notes to editors

For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Hannah Dolby in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3042 or hannahdolby@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, Beckwithshaw, 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 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: 020 3176 5820, 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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