6 January – 25 February: Women in Horticulture Exhibition
Harlow Carr plays host to a Women in Horticulture exhibition celebrating women’s contribution to the horticultural industry over the last 100 years. It includes some well-known names such as Gertrude Jekyll, Margery Fish and Constance Spry, all of whom left an enduring legacy. The touring exhibition – which takes place from 11am – 3pm daily in the Harlow Carr library – is on loan from RHS Lindley Library in London. Normal garden admission.
8 January – 25 February: Bath House Gallery – Japanese Gardens Exhibition
The most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate is turning Japanese in the New Year as it hosts an exhibition telling the story of Japanese gardens and how their design and planting styles inspired the British to build Japanese-style gardens here in the UK. There will also be a display devoted to the ongoing restoration of the 1920’s Japanese-style garden in Harrogate’s nearby Valley Gardens. A pop-up Japanese Shop will set up in the garden, selling authentic Japanese products and gifts throughout the exhibition and each weekend there’s a chance to try your hand at Japanese-inspired crafts such as calligraphy, origami, and the ‘Chopstick Challenge’ under the expert guidance of Japanese tutors in traditional costume. The exhibition takes place from 10am – 3pm daily. Normal garden admission.
1 February: Harlow Carr Library – Children’s Storytime, 10.30am start
Children can enjoy a storytelling session where tales of great garden adventures and little garden creatures will be told. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-fives. Normal garden admission applies.
10 – 18 February: February Half Term Family Fun – Mud & Machines
Mud, mud, glorious mud, there’s nothing quite like it for…keeping the kids entertained! Families are being encouraged to pull on their wellies, grab the waterproofs and enjoy a week of mud and machines at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Every day, come and jump in our giant muddy puddle and take part in our Mud & Machines Trail around the garden. Have your photo taken with a giant digger from 11am – 3pm, Monday to Friday as Harlow Carr’s garden team demonstrate how they use the garden’s heavy machinery. Kids can get mucky with muddy craft activities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am – 3.30pm and hear tales from the Garden Detectives from 10.30am – 3.30pm on Tuesdays. On Thursday 15 February, why not take part in a Worm Day? Learn how to entice worms from underground with our worm charmers and make your own wormery from 11am – 3pm. On Friday, make a marvellous mud pie in the Great British Mud Pie Off from 10.30am – 3pm. Prizes for the winning pies will be announced at 3pm. Normal garden admission.
1 March – 1 April: Bath House Gallery – Textiles Showcase
Browse and buy beautiful pieces made by talented local textile artists. From felt, applique, embroidery and woollen work, there will be something for everyone. Normal garden admission.
1 March: Children’s Storytime, 10.30am start
Children can enjoy a storytelling session where tales of great garden adventures and little garden creatures will be told. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-fives. Normal garden admission.
3 March: 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 the month and every Monday from 1pm – 3pm. Come to our desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions. Normal garden admission.
11 March: Mother’s Day
Bring Mum for a leisurely stroll around the garden this Mother’s Day. Take in the spectacular spring bulb displays – from daffodils and hyacinths to scillas and trilliums – and perhaps a coffee and cake at Bettys Café Tea Rooms next door. Normal garden admission.
20 March: RHS Spring Free Day
Visitors have the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in spring – for free!
30 March – 16 April: Easter Holiday Fun & the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
Hop down to the garden and join in the hunt for the Lindt Gold Bunnies. Enjoy stories with the madcapped garden detectives, Easter crafts and birds-of-prey demonstrations. Over the Easter weekend the Easter Bunny will be hopping by – joined by some real bunnies, ducklings, lambs and goats. A daily Easter Trail starts a week earlier on 24 March. Normal garden admission.