RHS Gardens Winter Events Programme December 2015 – February 2016

Wednesday 26 August 2015

This winter the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) hosts a range 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 this winter include a raft of Christmas activities, a glorious appearance by hundreds of butterflies in The Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley and exciting February half-term events across all the gardens exploring the secret life of insects. Below are just a few. For full listings see rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson


Until 21 Feb: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition continues into 2016 with an exciting and eclectic mix of sculptures spread across the garden. There are guided sculpture walks from the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor  

1 Dec: Holly Trail Launch, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A talk on Rosemoor’s holly collection by former curator Christopher Bailes, to launch the new Holly Trail, followed by a chance to explore the new trail. A National Plant Collection of hollies (Ilex) is held at RHS Garden Rosemoor and the self-guided trail gives visitors the chance to see some of the 150 varieties of holly in the collection. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

4 – 24 Dec: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Fridays to Sundays
Over three weekends in December, families can enjoy a magical series of events for children including the chance to decorate a gingerbread man, and write and post a letter to Santa. Children can also meet Santa and hear a classic Christmas tale. Friday storytelling sessions are aimed especially at toddlers. www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

4 – 6 Dec: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Santa will be making a special stop-off at the garden and there is the chance to listen to a special Christmas story that’s never been told before. The fun continues with a glitter-and-glue arts and craft workshop. Booking essential. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

3 Dec – 3 Jan: Christmas Glow at Wisley, RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Ambassador and author Mary Berry will be switching on the Wisley Christmas lights at 5.30pm on 2 Dec. Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season with the Jigantics unique light installation around the garden, which blooms with magical giant illuminated flowers. The garden opens until 5pm, last entry 4pm. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

5 – 24 Dec: Decorating Gingerbread, RHS Garden Wisley, dates vary
Each weekend of December come and make festive gingerbread and enjoy storytelling
with Santa. rhs.org.uk/whatson

5 Dec – 4 Jan: Christmas display in The Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
The garden’s Glasshouse is transformed into something magical at Christmas, with hundreds of plants specially grown by the team. Poinsettias will be used to create a large Christmas tree, pillars are adorned with beautiful orchids, and the ceiling is festooned with hanging-moss ropes made of soft Tillandsia. rhs.org.uk/wisley

6 Dec: Christmas Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor will be laden with festive treats, with the very best of local produce including cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much more. It offers the perfect place to stock up on gastronomic goodies in the run-up to Christmas. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

12 Dec – 4 Jan: Decorated Christmas Trees Competition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Visitors can show off their skills in decorating a Christmas tree using only natural materials. The All2Knit’s giant Knitted Christmas Tree will be on display, back by popular demand. Space is limited, registering early is recommended. www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor


16 Jan – 6 Mar: Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
Hundreds of exotic butterflies are released among the tropical plants in the jungle-like surroundings of The Glasshouse in this colourful and beautiful yearly event. Visitors will see butterflies such as striking blue morpho, giant owl, king swallowtail and colourful Malay lacewing flying among the plants. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Jan – Feb: Woodland Walks, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A chance to blow away the cobwebs on a guided tour of Hyde Hall’s woodlands.www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall


7 Feb: Cyclamen Spring Show
The Cyclamen Society Early Spring Show offers exhibits and displays of spring flowering cyclamen. There will be experts available to give advice on care, propagation and companion planting and a range of interesting and unusual plants for sale.

13 – 21 Feb: The Secret Life of Insects, February half term, all gardens; activities, dates and times may vary
There will be half-term events celebrating the garden from a bug’s point of view through drop-in craft activities and a garden trail across all four RHS Gardens. There will the chance to learn about the secret life of pollinating insects and find out how they move, eat, and taste with planting activities and crafts. rhs.org.uk/gardenwhatson

20 – 21 Feb, Scarecrow Making, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
A great opportunity for the whole family to get together and have fun making a scarecrow. Booking essential. www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall


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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