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RHS Garden Harlow Carr summer events programme

June

 

1 June – 1 July: Bath House Gallery – Art Showcase
If you’ve been looking for something special to hang on your wall or a decorative piece of artwork as a talking point, don’t miss Harlow Carr’s art showcase offering work in a wide range of styles and different mediums. Normal garden admission.

2 June: RHS Members’ Advisory Service
RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions. Normal garden admission.

9 – 10 June: All about Bonsai

With beautiful displays aplenty, the Bonsai Group will be at RHS Garden Harlow Carr to offer first-hand advice, expertise and demonstrations on these special miniature trees from 10am – 4pm. Visitors are invited to bring their own trees along for advice. Normal garden admission.

17 June: Father’s Day

Celebrate Father’s Day with a walk in the garden with Dad. Maybe even treat him to a Fat Rascal at Bettys Café Tea Rooms next door. Normal garden admission.

22 – 24 June 2018: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show
Browse, buy, and pick up advice from more than 45 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands at Harlow Carr’s third annual flower show. Visitors can enjoy a full programme of talks and demonstrations then escape the crowds with a relaxing stroll in the stunning surroundings of the 58-acre garden: don’t miss the summer Streamside spectacle of Harlow Carr’s famous dolly-mixture candelabra primulas and an array of planted containers created by local businesses and community partners sharing their passion for plants. This year there’s a chance to see A Year in the Garden – a collection of 12 paintings by Yorkshire artist-in-residence Nel Whatmore who spent the last year painting the garden’s seasonal horticultural highlights – from the famous Himalayan blue poppies to colourful Cornus stems. The full collection will be on display for the first time at the show. Entrance is included in normal garden entry and the show is open from 10am – 5pm each day. Visit www.rhs.org/harlowcarr for full details including parking.

 

July

3 July – 22 July: Bath House Gallery – Photography Showcase
This brand new event runs for three weeks only. You may recognise some of the photographers’ work but we’re also introducing a number of new photographers to the Bath House. Normal garden admission.

5, 12, 19 & 26 July: Thursday Late Night Opening
Enjoy live music every Thursday evening throughout July. Bring a picnic and settle in for the evening. Last entry 7.30pm; the garden closes at 9pm. Normal garden admission.

7 July: RHS Members’ Advisory Service
RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions. Normal garden admission.

7 – 8 July: Botanical Retail Weekend
Visit the RHS Plant Centre and Gift Shop to learn how plants and botanics can be used in our everyday lives.  See demonstrations and pick up samples from selected suppliers.

8, 15, 22 & 29 July: Summer Music Sundays

Bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the garden every Sunday throughout July from 1pm – 4pm. Normal garden admission.

10 – 11 July: Outdoor Theatre – The Tempest
High-energy theatre group Oddsocks add a space exploration twist to Shakespeare’s classic tale. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm performance. Book tickets from Harrogate International Festivals on 01423 562303 or visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

14 – 15 July: Sweet Pea Weekend

Enjoy the heavenly scent and breath-taking sight of hundreds of sweet pea blooms as the top UK growers travel to Harrogate for a weekend-long celebration of these beautiful summer blooms. The prestigious National Sweet Pea Show will take place throughout the weekend, with 70 classes being judged on Saturday morning and an awards presentation at 2pm. Visitors can join in tours of Harlow Carr’s own sweet pea blooms, learn more about the different varieties and hear expert advice on how to grow your own at home. Bunches of surplus blooms and seeds will also be available to buy, allowing visitors to take home a piece of the show. 11am – 4pm. Normal garden admission.

21 July – 2 September: Summer Holiday Family Fun: Jurassic Discovery
Take a step back in time and unearth secrets from the land that time forgot at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this summer. Families can embark on a Jurassic journey around the garden on a daily garden trail, discover habitats rich in Jurassic plants such as ferns and monkey puzzle trees and meet pre-historic creatures including giant insects. Watch out for dinosaur eggs, huge footprints and make sure you don’t step in the dinosaur poo! Visitors will be greeted by a 7ft willow stegosaurus made by North Yorkshire-based willow sculptors from Dragon Willow. Other willow dinosaurs can be found hiding out in the woodland: look out for a huge diplodocus and see if you can spot the pterodactyl flying through the trees near the Craggle Top Treehouse. Budding palaeontologists can dress up as explorers and take part in a fossil dig to find dinosaur teeth, bones and claws. A ‘Jurassic Timeline’ will take visitors from the Jurassic period to modern day – with facts and figures about the earth, plants and animals en route – and visitors will be encouraged to take a selfie in a climb-in dinosaur egg. There will be birds-of-prey flying displays designed to explain the link between birds and dinosaurs as well as hands-on craft activities including sourdough dinosaur bone and dinosaur egg making workshops and storytelling with the Garden Detectives. Normal garden admission.

24 July – 9 September: Bath House Gallery – Summer Craft Showcase
We have a whole summer of craft featuring ceramics, wood, sculpture, textiles, willow, felt and many more mediums to browse and buy. Each week there will be a chance to meet one of our makers, see displays of their work and watch them demonstrate their craft – you may even get the chance to have a go! 10am – 4.30pm. Normal garden admission.

27 July: Outdoor Theatre – Peter Pan
Following on from Immersion’s sell out show in 2017, join us for an adventure that promises to capture the imagination of the youngest audience members and take older generations on a glorious trip down memory lane with their adaptation of Peter Pan. Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm performance. Book tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

 

August

1 Aug: Yorkshire Day Games
Celebrate Yorkshire Day with a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10am – 3pm. Take part in the ‘Adventure Games’ at 1pm with flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding & spoon race and a Yorkshire Tea relay race. Bring a picnic, take part in the races and maybe win a prize or two. Normal garden admission.

2 August: Outdoor Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest
Join the team from Immersion for a glorious trip down memory lane with their adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm performance. Book tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

4 August: RHS Members’ Advisory Service
RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions.

4–5 August: All about Orchids

Join Harrogate Orchid Society and experience the beauty and glamour of these magnificent plants with striking orchid displays, demonstrations and tips on growing at home from 10am – 4pm. Normal garden admission.

12, 19 & 26 August: Summer Music Sundays
Bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the garden every Sunday throughout August from 1pm – 4pm. Normal garden admission.

11 – 12 Aug: Carnivorous Plant Weekend

Discover all there is to know about these unusual plants with a weekend of displays and advice from the carnivorous plant experts from 11am – 4 pm. Enjoy talks and demonstrations, get your questions answered, learn how to repot and split plants and take free seeds home with you. Normal garden admission.

22 August: Outdoor Theatre – As You Like It
The Pantaloons are back to give Shakespeare’s timeless comedy a fresh twist. Guests can experience this new and exciting performance as the sun sets over the garden. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm performance. Tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details.

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