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.

Growing a mini veg plot

  • 23 April 2014 10am-12:30pm

Have you always loved the idea of growing your own produce, but never thought you had enough space? Harlow Carr's Kitchen Gardener, Alison, will show you how to create a productive and attractive vegetable plot in even the smallest of gardens, covering design, choice of crops and management. Alison will give an illustrated talk and show you Harlow Carr's 3m x 3m vegetable plot.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included.

Website

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

Botanical Art (coloured pencil): Leaves and all things leafy

  • 26 — 27 April 2014 10am-4pm

Take a fresh look at leaf techniques in coloured pencil. Over two days you will immerse yourself in leaves, looking at leaf types, structure, venation and texture. You will learn ways of improving the accuracy of your drawing and shading, and learn how to cope with perspective, twisting and foreshortening. Ann will demonstrate the various techniques she uses for depicting veins, highlights, hairs and differing textures plus ways to mix realistic colours for both the fronts and backs of leaves.

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

Willow twigwams for climbing plants

  • 30 April 2014 10am-4pm

Make your very own support for your favourite climbing plants, whether it be for sweet peas, climbing French beans or clematis! Willow craftsman, Phil Bradley, will show you a variety of willow weaving techniques and take you through the stages involved in producing a robust, conical plant support that will add additional interest to your garden. You will be able to take your creation home with you at the end of the day.

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

Kick start your creativity at Harlow Carr

  • 30 April — 28 May 2014

If you've always wanted to draw more confidently or learn tips and techniques for using a wide range of art materials really well, this is the course for you. Experienced artist and tutor, Jo York will guide you through four very practical and hands-on workshops, which together form a great foundation for developing your creativity and building your art skills.

Admission

Price includes tea and coffee, and all workshop materials. Please bring your own lunch.

Website

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

Keeping chickens for beginners

  • 3 May 2014 10am-1pm

Have you always dreamt of keeping hens at home? On this informative and fun course, Liz (Director of Clucking Hens) will guide you through the essentials of hen keeping including important topics like getting the right chickens for you, choosing a hen house, hen health and what to do with a broody hen. There will be classroom based activities and an opportunity to meet and handle the Harlow Carr hens to discover how easy it is to keep these wonderful creatures.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included. There is optional handling of a hen, so please wear comfortable clothes you won't mind getting dirty and bring a pair of gardening-type gloves.

Website

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

Tree and woodland photography

  • 3 May 2014 1-4pm

This three hour course is for photographers of all abilities whether using compact, bridge or DSLR cameras and is led by Edward Parker, a professional photographer and writer who has worked for organisations including WWF-International, Kew Gardens and the Woodland Trust. There will be a short classroom-based session to introduce Edward's style of photography and to cover key concepts and terms that you will be using in the woodland. You will then spend time photographing trees, with individual tuition showing you how to take more control of your camera and illustrating how simple adjustments to composition, foreground and background can really improve your photography.

Admission

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

Website

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

What now? May and June

  • 6 May 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. May and June will cover tasks including weed control, feeding, summer shrub pruning, planting up pots and containers, deadheading, controlling pests and diseases, planting out half hardy vegetables and annuals with opportunities for you to have a go yourself.

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

Foraging: prepare and share a foraged lunch

  • 10 May 2014 10am-2pm

Nature can provide a bountiful spring harvest of fresh greens, but knowing what to pick and how to cook it can be daunting, or even something you've never even thought about! Join Rachel Benson from Old Sleningford Farm on a forage around the gardens and woodland at Harlow Carr, followed by a cookery demonstration and topped off with lunch from the gathered ingredients. We will concentrate on common plants that are easily recognisable so you can confidently use them in the future. Approximately 1 1/2 hours will be spent walking around the gardens.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, and you will eat your own foraged

Website

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

Willow spheres

  • 16 May 2014 10am-4pm

Willow spheres are growing in popularity as they provide sculptural interest to the home and can be put to many uses. Come and make a 30cm (12") diameter sphere and develop your willow weaving skills. Phil will show you how to start your creation by making a willow framework and then he will guide you through the overweaving process to complete your natural sphere. Once home you can use your sphere to decorate indoors or outdoors
they have been used as plant containers, garden features and even bird nesting boxes!

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 marvellous mosaic!

  • 17 May 2014 10am-4pm

Brighten up your garden or home with a wonderful botanically themed mosaic. This workshop is perfect for those with little or no experience of this craft and you will be carefully guided through the process, step by step. David, from Olicana Mosaics in Ilkey, will show you how to cut and lay glass and ceramic tiles so that by the end of the day you will have your very own 30cm x 30cm (1ft x 1ft) square, framed mosaic to take away.

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

An introduction to flower and plant photography

  • 19 May 2014 10am-5pm

This one day course is aimed at those relatively new to photography or those wanting to know how to take more control over their cameras. Steve, an award-winning photographer and experienced tutor, will cover the basics of photography e.g. controlling exposure (apertures, shutter speeds and understanding the relationship between the two), depth of field made simple, setting ISO, understanding file formats (JPEGs & RAW) and an introduction to composition. 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 and instruction booklet.

Website

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

Edible hanging baskets

  • 23 May 2014 10am-12pm

Are you looking for something different to grow in your containers or hanging baskets this year? Come along to this 2 hour workshop to discover a range of edible plants including tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and salad leaves, all suitable for containers or hanging baskets. You will have the opportunity to plant up a basket using hanging baskets and a selection of edible plants provided by us on the day.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included.

Website

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

Keeping chickens for beginners

  • 2 June 2014 10am-1pm

Have you always dreamt of keeping hens at home? On this informative and fun course, Liz (Director of Clucking Hens) will guide you through the essentials of hen keeping including important topics like getting the right chickens for you, choosing a hen house, hen health and what to do with a broody hen. There will be classroom based activities and an opportunity to meet and handle the Harlow Carr hens to discover how easy it is to keep these wonderful creatures.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included. There is optional handling of a hen, so please wear comfortable clothes you won't mind getting dirty and bring a pair of gardening-type gloves.

Website

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

A practical introduction to taking cuttings

  • 6 June 2014 10am-12pm

Harlow Carr's Maria Mahon will take you round the main borders where you will take softwood cuttings from herbaceous perennials. You will have a go at propagating Salvia, Fuchsia, Nepeta and Penstemon in the greenhouse and learn tips to increase your success at propagating. With a bit of luck you will be taking away a piece of Harlow Carr with you to enjoy for years to come.

Admission

All workshop materials are included. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for walking round the garden.

Website

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

Green woodwork

  • 7 June 2014 10am-4pm

Geoff, from Yorkshire Hurdles will introduce you to green woodworking, which involves using freshly cut unseasoned wood. On this course you will use traditional tools such as axes, froes and drawknives to create attractive and useful products in the woods at Harlow Carr. You will learn to select, cleave (split) and shape green hardwoods to make beetles (mallets), gypsy flowers and rustic stools to take away with you.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch. You will need to wear warm, rough clothes suitable for a day working outside in the woodland.

Website

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

Exploring style: Contemporary gardens

  • 9 June 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Marco, an experienced garden designer and presenter, will give an introductory talk illustrating the development of contemporary garden design. He will then take you on a guided walk to show you how plant combinations and contemporary design elements can be used to create a functional and trendy outdoor space. Practical activities including developing form and shape in sketches, making a collage moodboard, and discussing typical planting schemes, will allow you to experiment with plant combinations and develop a contemporary design for a small area in your own garden.

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

Hand-tied bouquets

  • 11 June 2014 10am-2:30pm

Making a hand-tied bunch of flowers is a versatile skill to have, either for flower arranging at home or to make gifts for your friends. Rachel will show you some ideas using seasonal garden flowers and you will make a hand-tied bunch of seasonal flowers to take home. She will also give you some tips on growing cut flowers at home. No experience necessary.

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

Developing Harlow Carr's historic limestone garden

  • 12 June 2014 10am-12pm

Enjoy an informative guided walk around Harlow Carr's Limestone Rock Garden which has recently been restored by RHS gardener Amy Smethurst. Amy will talk about the challenges of restoring this previously established garden, discussing renovation of soil, how to deal with unruly alpines and choosing appropriately sized plants. She will then share her knowledge about creating rock gardens from scratch, including choice of materials, soil and location. Finally Amy will focus on plants that thrive in rock gardens and she will use examples to show you how to ensure interest throughout the year.

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 hares

  • 13 June 2014 10am-4pm

Come and create a willow hare to adorn your own home or garden. You will make a miniature version of Harlow Carr's popular willow hare sculptures that were created by Phil in early 2012. Phil will lead you step-by-step through the willow sculpting process so that at the end of the day you will be able to take away a life-size hare made of bark on willow.

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

Wet felting

  • 18 June 2014 10am-4pm

Roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in the joys of wet-felting! In the morning, Helen will guide you through the basic principles of the craft, using soapy water and friction to transform wool fibres into felt. You will then have the opportunity to put your new-found skills into practice to produce a wet-felted picture or a small functional item of your choice, using the surrounding gardens as inspiration. Please note that this craft does involve periods of rolling the felt for several minutes at a time - a good work-out for the upper arms!

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

Kitchen garden tour with a focus on tomato care

  • 18 June 2014 10:30am-12pm

Come and take a tour of Harlow Carr's kitchen garden led by one of the kitchen garden team members. Rhubarb, crop rotations, sustainable use of materials for supports and structures, and this season's hot topics will all be discussed in an informal talk. After the tour of the kitchen garden, you will go into the new glasshouse to discover top tips and watch demonstrations of how to grow and care for tomatoes.

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

Exploring style: Formal Gardens

  • 20 June 2014 9:30am-4:30pm

Marco, an experienced garden designer and presenter, will start the day by introducing the key design elements and plant combinations that typify formal gardens, for example the use of symmetry, ornaments, sculpture, topiary, parterres and vistas. After an illustrated talk and a walk highlighting formal elements present in the gardens at Harlow Carr, you will take part in practical activities including arranging different plant combinations, developing sketches to create a typical formal lay out and making a collage moodboard. By the end of the day you will have the knowledge and a small planting scheme to incorporate formal design elements into part of your garden, for instance a patio, entrance or quiet corner.

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 for containers and small spaces

  • 21 June 2014 10am-12pm

Do you have limited space, the wrong kind of soil, limited mobility or have a patio where you want to garden creatively? Then come along and see that these are not barriers to growing fruit. The aim of this illustrated talk is to guide you through the choice of the right container size, growing medium and suitable varieties and shapes that will allow you to grow fruit successfully.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included.

Website

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

An introduction to using medicinal herbs at home

  • 25 June 2014 10am-4pm

Find out how to make your own herbal remedies for everyday ailments using plants from your garden and the hedgerow with medical herbalist Bel Charlesworth MNIMH. You will learn how to identify medicinal plants and practise making infusions, tinctures and salves. Bel will also give you tips on harvesting and storing your herbs. This ideal introductory workshop also includes a herb walk around the garden, so please come dressed appropriately.

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

Charcoal making

  • 28 June 2014 10am-4pm

Come and learn the ancient craft of charcoal making in the woods at Harlow Carr with Geoff Norton from Yorkshire Hurdles. On this outdoor course you will coppice small roundwood, load a ring kiln, then light and monitor a burn. You will empty a kiln, grade the charcoal and, with some luck, take a bag of charcoal home.

Admission

Tea and coffee and all workshop materials are included, but please bring your own lunch. You will need to wear warm, rough clothes suitable for a day working outside in the woodland.

Website

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

Creating a scented garden

  • 2 July 2014 10am-4pm

An aromatic garden can be a means to health, well-being and pleasure. This course is designed to help you to create your own fragrant space within the garden as well as covering the therapeutic uses of these fragrant plants. The course includes an illustrated talk covering choice of plants to ensure fragrance throughout the year, a guided walk through Harlow Carr's scented garden and a demonstration of how to make a scented bouquet.

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

Using trees in your garden

  • 4 July 2014 10am-4pm

Trees when carefully chosen are an important asset to any landscape or garden. This course for beginners will help the student gain confidence in investing in and choosing a garden tree or trees for particular characteristics or functions. You will be reintroduced to the beauty and benefits of trees throughout the seasons and learn which are suitable varieties and forms for your garden. The day will include an illustrated talk, a walking tour highlighting specimen trees in the gardens at Harlow Carr, and a tree planting demonstration. The right tree for the right situation will bring you many years of joy.

Admission

Price includes tea and coffee, and all workshop materials. Please bring your own lunch.

Website

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

Exploring style: Planning a naturalistic border

  • 11 July 2014 10am-4pm

This beginners' course will give you the skills and knowledge to plan your own beautiful naturalistic borders using grasses and perennials
many of these plants attract wildlife, bring movement and light into the garden and provide interesting winter structure and texture. You will learn to appreciate different plant forms, colour and textures. This style of planting provides interest from summer to the end of winter with bulbs helping to fill seasonal gaps. The content takes inspiration from current trends and iconic designers, Piet Oudolf and Dan Pearson. The day will include a practical session during which you will enjoy learning how to plan a simple border on paper using different media.

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

Sustainable gardening

  • 14 July 2014 10am-12:30pm

Learn the general principles of sustainable gardening and their practical application in your home. Former Harlow Carr Kitchen Gardener, Amy, will give an illustrated talk, and then take you for a walk around the gardens highlighting sustainable gardening practices including the use of green manures, home composting and providing habitats for wildlife by creating meadows, log piles, winter shelter in the herbaceous border and choosing pollen-rich perennial plants. She will also discuss reducing the need for watering, pesticides and fertilisers by selecting the 'right plant for the right place' and will look at peat-free growing mediums.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included.

Website

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

What now? July and August

  • 15 July 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. July and August will cover tasks including taking cuttings, herb garden maintenance, identifying plants for autumn division, watering, summer pruning of shrubs, trees and fruit, harvesting seed and hedge trimming. The session will include a practical activity and a walk outside in the garden so please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.

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

An introduction to aquatic and marginal pond plants

  • 17 July 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Join RHS gardener Malcolm Arthur to discover the variety of aquatic and marginal plants used in and around Harlow Carr's stunning water features. Malcolm will take you on a guided walk of our ponds, streamside and lake. Then you will be able to have a closer look at some of these beautiful and interesting plants in the greenhouse. Malcolm will share important information about plant care and tips on how to maintain a well-balanced water environment. (Please note this session will not cover the construction of water features, pond pumps or the keeping of fish.)

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

Exploring creative flower and plant photography

  • 18 — 19 July 2014 10am-5pm

This two day in depth workshop provides an opportunity for intermediate/experienced photographers to develop a creative approach to photographing flowers and plants with plenty of opportunity for personalised support and advice. There will be a mixture of classroom based teaching and extended practical sessions in the garden, where you will be able to explore different techniques through specific developmental exercises. Steve will take a look at the nature of creativity and how it can be actively developed. There will also be a portfolio review session where participants can bring examples of their work for comment and critique.

Admission

Tea and coffee are included, but please bring your own lunch. Students need to bring their own camera, lenses, instruction booklet and tripod and, if you have them, filters. Please bring 8 photographs for a portfolio review on a USB memory stick or as prints.

Website

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

Vegetable growing summer schools

  • 21 — 24 July 2014

This new four day summer school will give you the knowledge to grow vegetables successfully at home. The course will be delivered by Amy Lax, a former RHS kitchen gardener and an experienced and enthusiastic tutor. It will include classroom-based talks, practical activities and guided walks around the kitchen garden at Harlow Carr.

Admission

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

Website

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

Shade plants for containers and the garden

  • 25 July 2014 10am-12pm

Do you have a shady corner of your garden which is in need of some interesting plants? Come on this guided walk to see the fantastic shade-loving plants that grow at Harlow Carr, with RHS gardener Aimee-Beth Browning. You will then have the opportunity to plant up a small stone-effect trough (430mm x 300mm x 165mm) to take away with you with a selection of shade-loving plants including a fern, mini rhododendron and mini hosta.

Admission

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for walking round the garden as this course is entirely based outside. The container is heavy
help will be provided to transport it to your car at the end of the course but you will need help to unload it at home.

Website

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

Botanical painting: Liber minimus

  • 28 — 29 July 2014 10am-4pm

Creating a miniature 'book' is both rewarding and fun to do. Using your botanical painting skills you will include a single small but exquisite image on each concertina page. Colin will guide students through the entire process from making and covering the book, choosing pages and painting the images. Although plants and flowers make ideal subjects for this project you may also consider tackling birds, animals or fish, seashore finds, feathers, pebbles or other interesting items. These beautiful little 'books' make ideal gifts for weddings, anniversaries and special birthdays.

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

Guided walk Planning and maintaining herbaceous borders

  • 30 July 2014 10am-12pm

Sarah, one of Harlow Carr's Floral Team Leaders, will give a guided tour of the herbaceous borders in the gardens giving you the opportunity to find out how they were planned and developed, and how we maximize interest all year round. Please come appropriately dressed for walking around the garden. Sarah will cover soil preparation, planting selections and the maintenance regimes that have helped to establish a stunning healthy border.

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

Kick start your creativity at Harlow Carr

  • 4 — 7 August 2014

If you've always wanted to draw more confidently or learn tips and techniques for using a wide range of art materials, this is the course for you. Experienced artist and tutor, Jo York will guide you through four very practical and hands on workshops, which together form a great foundation for developing your creativity and building your art skills.

Website

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

The art of plant-dyeing wool

  • 12 August 2014 10am-4pm

Come to this hands-on workshop where you will gather any available dye plants from Harlow Carr's beds. Then using your harvest and various dried flowers, leaves and roots, you will dye pre-mordanted wool and make a wonderful array of coloured wool from which you will be able to take samples. There will be an indigo bath where you can have a go with tie-dyeing calico. Jane will show you how to choose a good fleece and talk you through washing and drying one. She will also find a moment to teach you hand carding in preparation for the peg loom weaving on Wednesday.

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

Peg loom weaving with plant dyed wool

  • 13 August 2014 10am-4pm

Come and learn the art of peg loom weaving. With the amazing colours prepared on the previous day and mixing in natural coloured fleeces, you will weave a peg loom wall hanging or seat mat. This will be a peaceful and creative day during which your weaving can be inspired by the beautiful gardens at Harlow Carr.

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

Brinkley loom weaving and feltmaking

  • 14 August 2014 10am-4pm

To round off the 3 days, you will learn to weave on the very simple and unique Brinkley loom. This loom takes only 5 minutes to warp up! You could make a scarf if you are speedy, or a beautiful plant-dyed wall hanging. There will also be an option to felt a 3D sculptural piece in the round - a bag or a bowl.

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 vegetables in autumn and winter

  • 16 August 2014 10am-4pm

Make the most of your vegetable plot by learning how to grow vegetables for harvesting throughout winter and spring. In an illustrated talk, you will be introduced to a wide range of hardy crops for growing in open ground, under cloches or in greenhouses. Find out when to sow, how to protect your crops and tried and tested ways of storing surplus vegetables. You will have the opportunity to watch a practical demonstration in the kitchen garden, so come dressed appropriately for a walk outside.

Admission

Tea and coffee 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

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

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

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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