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Two year old Jessica White with her mother Emma ahead of the first ever RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show

RHS Garden Harlow Carr hosts first flower show


RHS Garden Harlow Carr is hosting its first flower show from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June 2016.

This three-day floral extravaganza is set in the stunning surroundings of the most northerly of the RHS gardens.

More than 30 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands will be dotted throughout the 58-acre garden. Visitors can browse, buy, and pick up advice from the very best in the business. A wealth of beautiful herbaceous perennials and summer bedding plants will be on display throughout the long summer weekend – from alliums, agapanthus and alpines to hostas, hydrangea and heuchera – making this the perfect opportunity to pick up something special for the garden. A selection of garden sundries will also be available to buy including fair trade plant pots, accessories and hand-crafted garden furniture.

  • Friday 10 June – Sunday 12 June 2016
  • Three-day floral extravaganza to include more than 30 specialist nurseries and trade stands
  • First flower show for most northerly of the RHS Gardens
  • Floral displays set in glorious surroundings of the garden in June

Flower Show visitors can also enjoy a packed programme of expert talks and demonstrations hosted by Martin Fish, well-known garden writer and broadcaster, former Harrogate Flower Show director – and Harlow Carr’s new Garden Advisor. Highlights include flower arranging demonstrations by BBC2’s The Big Allotment Challenge judge and award-winning floral designer, Jonathan Moseley, question and answer sessions with members of the RHS Garden Advice Service and talks by a selection of nurseries.

June is a perfect time to appreciate the garden in its early summer splendour – from the inspiring allium displays, to the increasingly renowned spectacle of the garden’s Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis) and candelabra primulas by the Streamside, thought to be one of the longest streamside gardens in the country. Flower show visitors will also be able to enjoy Harlow Carr’s summer sculpture trail in the garden with beautiful works from local artists and a 12 foot willow sculpture of the Big Friendly Giant. Internationally-recognised landscape artist David Starley will be artist in residence throughout the weekend and will capture the show in a series of oil paintings.

Horticulture students Harry Bradley and Sally Newbrook prepare for the first ever RHS Harlow Carr Flower-Show

Live music from a harpist, brass ensemble and string quartet will provide the perfect accompaniment to the show and there will be plenty of opportunities to recharge the batteries with a cup of tea and a cake at Bettys Café Tea Rooms or Bettys Tea House in the heart of the garden.

Liz Thwaite, Head of Site at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said:

After 15 years of running Harlow Carr, the RHS has decided it is time to celebrate the very best in horticulture in the north with our first RHS Flower Show. We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming leading plant specialists from across the country and delighting visitors with world-class horticulture in a world-class garden.

The new RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show will be the highlight of the garden’s yearly programme of events which already includes spring festivals, craft exhibitions and plant fairs.

Visitors are advised that only disabled and pre-booked coach parking is available at the garden. Public parking is located at the Great Yorkshire Showground – drivers should follow SatNav HG2 8QZ to the Brown Car Park at the Great Yorkshire Showground, which will be clearly signposted. A complimentary park and ride service will be in operation with buses to and from RHS Garden Harlow Carr every 15 minutes from 9.30am – 6.30pm.

Entrance to the show is included in normal garden entry and the show is open from 10am – 5pm each day.

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

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