RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG3 1QB
England

Website

www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Harlow-Carr

E-mail

harlowcarr@rhs.org.uk

Telephone

0845 265 8070

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
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Harlow Carr is a garden dominated by water, stone and woodland and is very much part of the surrounding Yorkshire landscape.

We seek to push the boundaries of design and planting styles, creating displays that are beautiful but sometimes provocative. Careful gardening techniques, reflecting our respect for the environment, ensures that wildlife will flourish in the garden.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open all year except Christmas Day
March – 8 Nov 9.30am to 6pm
9 Nov – 28 Feb 9.30am to 4pm
Last admission is one hour before closing.

Admission charges

RHS members Free
Adults £8.50* (including Gift Aid)/£7.70 (excluding Gift Aid)
Children (5–16) £4.25* (including Gift Aid)/£3.85 (excluding Gift Aid)
Children 4 & under Free
Family 2+2 (2 adults +2 children) £22.80 (excl Gift Aid £20.70); Additional discount Child £4.25 (excl Gift Aid £3.85)
Groups of more than 10 ** £6.70 (pre booking essential)
RHS Affiliated Societies ** One FREE visit per year
Green travel (bike) £6.50 (including Gift Aid/ £5.70 (excluding Gift Aid)

Getting there

The Garden is situated on Crag Lane, off Otley Road (B6162) about a mile and a half from the centre of Harrogate. Sat Nav users: please use postcode HG3 1UE. Car parking is free.

By bus
Service 6 runs from Harrogate bus station every 20 minutes, Mondays to Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays. Please note that this route has been changed and is no longer servicing the bus stop nearest the garden. The nearest bus stop is now located approximately 5-10 minute walk away on Otley Road. We appreciate that this is not ideal for many of our visitors and are doing what we can to address this. RHS Garden Harlow Carr has joined with Harrogate District Travel to welcome ‘Heritage Vouchers’ which offer bus travellers discounted admission to the gardens. Contact Harrogate and District Travel on 01423 566061.

By rail
Closest station is Harrogate (1.5 miles)

By bike
Thirty cycle racks are available at the gardens.

By foot
A lovely walk runs from Valley Gardens in Harrogate, up through the Pine Woods to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, taking approximately an hour at a leisurely pace. A detailed map is available from the Harrogate Tourist Information Centre or RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

Collection details

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Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Felt Christmas cards and decorations

  • 19 November 2014 10am-4pm

Get into the festive spirit and experiment with different needle-felting techniques to create three-dimensional Christmas sculptures, perfect to be used as decorations or given as gifts. You will produce unique panels for cards by using hand-felting techniques, incorporating into your work an array of different textiles and using an embellisher. This is suitable for beginners but those who have attended the August course will be able to progress more quickly onto more complex techniques.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Growing and cooking edible flowers

  • 20 August 2014 10am-4pm *on now

Discover the diverse range of flowers that look and taste good on the plate. The day will begin with a look at different garden flowers from nasturtiums to saffron crocus and artichokes to lavender. You will learn how to grow, pick and prepare them and take part in a seed sowing practical. Both sweet and savoury and hot and cold recipe ideas will be presented to the class. Finally a cookery demonstration will allow you to sample some simple but tasty dishes made with edible flowers.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Needle Felting

  • 30 August 2014 10am-4pm

Come and try your hand at needle felting. First you will be working with mohair to master the basic techniques of the craft with which you will be able to produce a beautiful needle-felted flower corsage. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to be creative and experiment with other types of wool and three-dimensional techniques in order to sculpt more complex felt miniatures.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Starting from scratch: a beginners guide to growing veg

  • 8 September 2014 10am-4pm

A full day workshop covering the essential basics to get you started growing vegetables, including assessing your site and soil
vegetable families and rotation
planning what to grow and how
timing and spacing and where to go from here! Using the wealth of experience gained in Harlow Carr's Kitchen Garden, Amy will aim to answer the questions which concern the beginner most. Amy will deliver her course through an illustrated talk and a walk around the productive garden
she will also demonstrate seed sowing giving you some key tips.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included, but please bring your own lunch. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for walking round the garden.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

What now? September and October

  • 9 September 2014 10am-12:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting tips on your timings? Let Amy Lax, former RHS gardener, help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal jobs so that you know what you could be doing when. September and October will cover tasks including dividing perennials, planting trees and shrubs, protecting tender plants over winter, developing new lawns and storing tubers over winter. You will have the chance to do a short practical activity.

Admission

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for walking round the garden as this course is entirely based outside.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Willow Sheep

  • 10 September 2014 10am-4pm

Willow craftsman Phil Bradley will guide you through the process of making a willow sheep. Phil will carefully guide you through the willow weaving techniques needed for you to make a high quality creation to take away with you and to use in your own garden or home.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

How to grow a cut flower garden

  • 17 September 2014 10am-4pm

Learn the skills for growing beautiful cut flowers to enhance both the outside and inside of your home! This course will cover all the essentials you need to grow flowers for cutting. You will learn how to select your site and plan what to grow where and when. Find out which varieties are best, and learn tips on planting, growing, cutting and preserving the life of cut flowers. Rachel will give an illustrated talk covering all these areas and she will run a seed sowing workshop to get you started.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

A practical introduction to carnivorous plants

  • 19 September 2014 10am-12pm

This workshop provides an introduction into the fascinating world of carnivorous plants given by Peter from Wacks Wicked Plants. Through an illustrated talk you will learn about their habitats, trapping mechanisms and why they are classified as carnivorous. You will then have the opportunity to create a mini bog garden with three of these wonderful plants to take away with you.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included and all workshop materials are included.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Fascinating photosynthesis

  • 20 September 2014 10am-4pm

Do you want to discover how plants grow? Understanding photosynthesis can be the key to helping them grow better. On this course find out where, when and how plants make their own food through practical activities, microscope work, demonstrations and illustrated talks. This course is suitable for those with no experience of botany or microscope use, and will cover the basics up to GCSE level theory. It will provide students taking a theory course, such as the RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, the chance to do some practical work.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Fascinating photosynthesis

  • 20 September 2014 10am-4pm

Do you want to discover how plants grow? Understanding photosynthesis can be the key to helping them grow better. On this course find out where, when and how plants make their own food through practical activities, microscope work, demonstrations and illustrated talks. This course is suitable for those with no experience of botany or microscope use, and will cover the basics up to GCSE level theory. It will provide students taking a theory course, such as the RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, the chance to do some practical work.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Make a winter hanging basket

  • 24 September 2014 10am-12pm

Come and plant up a winter hanging basket for your own home with RHS Harlow Carr's Sarah-Jane Mason. Sarah-Jane will take you through the basics of good basket design, planting and maintenance, as you create your own basket. Then take your basket home and enjoy the colour and interest it gives throughout the winter season.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

How to plant an alpine trough

  • 26 September 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

This demonstration will be an excellent introduction to alpines. During the session Kaye, Harlow Carr's alpine expert, will plant up a small alpine display in a trough, to show you how you can create your own display at home. She will give you an introduction to the main types of alpine plants and cover the important things to remember when growing alpines - including what compost to use and how to ensure that your plants thrive. She will also give you a guided tour of Harlow Carr's alpine house. This course is suitable for complete beginners.

Admission

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for walking round the garden as this course is entirely based outside.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

A practical introduction to hardwood cuttings

  • 8 October 2014 10am-12pm

Join RHS gardener Andrew Willocks for an introduction to taking hardwood cuttings. Andrew will take you on a walk around the garden to collect suitable material (including dogwood, blackcurrant and willow) and then you will spend time in the greenhouse potting them up, learning which plants are suitable for this method of propagation and tips to increase your success rate. With a bit of luck you should have some new plants next spring.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Willow platter

  • 10 October 2014 10am-4pm

This one day workshop will introduce you to the basic techniques for making a traditional willow platter. Students will complete at least one platter and there will be time to practice the different elements of the project - choosing material, shaping the rim, weaving techniques and trimming.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Photographing the colours and textures of autumn

  • 15 October 2014 10am-5pm

This workshop is designed for photographers of all levels of ability and will also appeal to you if you have an interest in using photographs as the basis for other visual and/or creative arts (e.g. painting, embroidery, textile design). Participants will be encouraged to take a creative and artistic approach to interpreting form, pattern, colour and light. The day will include a classroom-based session and the opportunity to put your new skills into practice in the gardens.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included, but please bring your own lunch. Students need to bring their own camera, lenses, instruction booklet and, if you have them, filters and tripod.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Introduction to macro and close-up photography

  • 17 October 2014 10am-5pm

This is a new workshop designed for intermediate or experienced photographers (with DSLR cameras) to introduce them to macro and close-up photography. The emphasis will be on flower, plant and foliage photography but many of the techniques can be applied to other areas of interest, including insects and fungi. The course will cover equipment advice (e.g. macro lenses, close up filters, extension tubes, tripods), focusing and depth of field, getting correct exposure and composition. There will be a mixture of classroom based teaching and practical sessions in the garden.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included, but please bring your own lunch. Students need to bring their own camera, lenses, instruction booklet and a macro lens (or at least a lens with close focusing abilities) and/or extension tubes and close-up filters. If you have them, bring filters and tripod.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Guided Walk: Autumn colour in the woodland walk

  • 22 October 2014 10:30am-12pm

Come on an inspiring and informative tour of the autumn colours at Harlow Carr with gardener Katy Trohear. She will guide you round the trees that give the most impressive autumnal colours and scents. Katy will highlight which specimen trees are suitable for growing at home in a smaller garden and share with you interesting facts and folklore about these splendid trees.

Admission

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for walking round the garden as this course is entirely based outside.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Botanical painting: Autumn fruits

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 10am-4pm

This workshop will focus on painting fruit, from those in the autumn hedgerow to supermarket fruit, gourds and exotic species. The vast array of colours, forms, textures and markings make fruit an ideal subject for the botanical painter. You will learn how to make your subjects appear three dimensional and how to replicate the variety of markings on their surfaces by using a number of different approaches and techniques. You will learn 'wet into wet' and 'wet on dry' methods, glazing and masking out, modifying, dry brush work and an approach to tackling 'bloom'. Colin will guide students with a combination of demonstrations and practical sessions.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included, but please bring your own lunch. Students are asked to provide their own equipment and a list will be provided on registration.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Growing berries and currents for beginners

  • 8 November 2014 10am-4pm

A one day introductory course aimed at those interested in all the different types of soft fruit, such as strawberries, currants and raspberries. Join Clifford Cain, fruit expert and horticulture tutor, to find out how to select, grow and harvest your soft fruit and successfully combat the pests and diseases that are likely to spoil your crop. Clifford will present the theory with an illustrated talk and demonstrations. A tour of fruit growing at Harlow Carr will be included, so please dress appropriately for walking around the garden.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

What now? November and December

  • 11 November 2014 10am-12:30pm

Are you new to gardening and unsure what exactly you should be doing when, or are you a keen gardener wanting tips on your timings Let Amy Lax, former RHS gardener, help you through the gardening year providing a whistle-stop tour of techniques, tips, tricks and advice on seasonal jobs so that you know what you could be doing when. November and December will cover many tasks including ground preparation, planting bareroot trees and roses, winter fruit pruning, winter vegetables, bulb planting in pots and borders and taking root cuttings and hardwood cuttings. A walk around the garden and a short practical activity will be included.

Admission

The session will be based entirely in the gardens so please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Exploring style: Winter interest

  • 14 November 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

On this workshop you will explore Harlow Carr's winter walk and winter garden. Then through an illustrated talk, you will learn which plants and features can be used to add fantastic winter colour, scent, textures and forms to your own garden. Marco will also demonstrate how to create pots to brighten up your garden in winter. You will take part in practical activities including arranging different plant combinations and sketching your own border. By the end of the day you will have a small planting scheme to incorporate winter interest into a pre-existing or new border.

Admission

Price includes tea and coffee. Students are asked to bring their own equipment and a list will be provided on registration. Please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Fruit trees for beginners

  • 15 November 2014 10am-4pm

Clifford Cain follows his course on soft fruit with an introduction to fruit trees, including apples, pears, plums and cherries. You will be taken through selection, planting, pruning and training methods, and then given top tips on harvesting and storage for your top fruit. Information will also be given on reducing the risk of pests and diseases to your crop.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Willow festive tree

  • 28 November 2014 10am-4pm

A new workshop for 2014 looking at the techniques for making twiggy natural Christmas trees with a difference. You will be using willow, hazel and birch to create these inspirational and contemporary decorations and will be able to take your creation home.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Willow garlands,stars and swags

  • 29 November 2014 10am-4pm

This one day workshop provides a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity to make your own natural Christmas decorations. Make this Christmas a greener one with your own handmade stars, swags and garlands using willow, birch, hazel bark and pine cones. You may choose to bring some of your own natural materials from home to share with the group and to incorporate into your own decoration.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Willow garlands, stars and swags

  • 5 December 2014 10am-4pm

This one day workshop provides a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity to make your own natural Christmas decorations. Make this Christmas a greener one with your own handmade stars, swags and garlands using willow, birch, hazel bark and pine cones. You may choose to bring some of your own natural materials from home to share with the group and to incorporate into your own decoration.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch. Maximum 12 places.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Willow Festive Trees

  • 6 December 2014 10am-4pm

A new workshop for 2014 looking at the techniques for making twiggy natural Christmas trees with a difference. You will be using willow, hazel and birch to create these inspirational and contemporary decorations and will be able to take your creation home.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Christmas wreaths

  • 10 December 2014 10am-2:30pm

Come and make a Christmas door wreath in this wonderful seasonal workshop. Rachel will show you how to make a moss ring, wire it to incorporate foliage, and then decorate it with beautiful natural materials. At the end of the session you will have made your own stunning wreath to adorn your home! This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Guided walk: Harlow Carr at Christmas

  • 12 December 2014 10am-12:30pm

Join Harlow Carr's Katherine Musgrove to discover the special plants that provide winter beauty in the winter walk, woodland and ornamental borders. Katherine will give you ideas about how you can make your garden interesting in this tricky season and will show you Harlow Carr's impressive natural Christmas decorations. The walk will end with a mince pie and warm drink!

Admission

Tea and coffee and a mince pie are included. The walk will be based entirely in the gardens so please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/harlowcarr/index.htm

Getting there

The Garden is situated on Crag Lane, off Otley Road (B6162) about a mile and a half from the centre of Harrogate. Sat Nav users: please use postcode HG3 1UE. Car parking is free.

By bus
Service 6 runs from Harrogate bus station every 20 minutes, Mondays to Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays. Please note that this route has been changed and is no longer servicing the bus stop nearest the garden. The nearest bus stop is now located approximately 5-10 minute walk away on Otley Road. We appreciate that this is not ideal for many of our visitors and are doing what we can to address this. RHS Garden Harlow Carr has joined with Harrogate District Travel to welcome ‘Heritage Vouchers’ which offer bus travellers discounted admission to the gardens. Contact Harrogate and District Travel on 01423 566061.

By rail
Closest station is Harrogate (1.5 miles)

By bike
Thirty cycle racks are available at the gardens.

By foot
A lovely walk runs from Valley Gardens in Harrogate, up through the Pine Woods to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, taking approximately an hour at a leisurely pace. A detailed map is available from the Harrogate Tourist Information Centre or RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

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