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RHS gardens July events

Harlow Carr Show
Thousands of Alliums pepper the Main Border at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SIRA Studio

High summer garden events

Treat yourself to a day out at one of the four Royal Horticultural Society gardens – Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall, Rosemoor and Wisley.

Please check availability for bookable events at https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens.

5 July, The Scented Garden, Harlow Carr

5 July, Sharing the Wisley Library Treasures – Herbals, Wisley

5 July, Planting Combinations for your Borders, Rosemoor

6 July, Floristry Demonstration, Rosemoor

6 July, Little Acorns, Hyde Hall

7, 14, 21, 28 July, Thursday lates, Hyde Hall
Thursday late evenings in July offer the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful evening stroll in the garden at the special price of just £5 after 5pm. There will also be a barbecue.

7, 14 and 21 July, 6-9pm, Rosemoor Late
Spend a summer evening in the garden with live music, enjoying the colours and scents at their peak. Make an evening of it with a meal (reservations essential on 01805 626821). Prices: normal garden admission or special offer: £5 entry after 5pm.

7 July until 9pm (last entry 8pm), Late evening openings, Wisley
Enjoy an evening stroll and experience the tranquility of Wisley after hours. Prices: Normal garden admission. Special offer: £5 entry after 5pm.

8 July, Insect Art – NEW, Wisley

8 and 15 July, Late Evening opening, Harlow Carr
Enjoy the colours and scents of the garden outside normal opening hours, gates open until 9pm (last entry 7.30pm). Normal garden admission.

Hyde Hall
Hyde Hall’s dry garden

9 July, Summer Fruit Pruning, Wisley

9-10 July, The National Sweet Pea Society Sweet Pea Show, Harlow Carr
Get expert tips, and see and smell hundreds of entries in this prestigious competition.
Normal garden admission.

Until July 10, Rose Festival, Rosemoor
With two of the largest and most beautiful rose gardens in the UK, consistently voted one of the top ten places to enjoy the sights and scents of Britain’s best-loved flower.

10 July, Increasing the long-term Performance of perennials, Wisley

10, 17, 24 and 31 July, Summer Sundays, Harlow Carr
Enjoy live music in the garden on Sunday afternoons (1-4pm). Normal garden admission

11 July, Sketching for Beginners (3-day course), Rosemoor

12 July, What Now? July and August, Wisley

13 and 15 July, Summer Walk and Talk, Wisley

12-13 July, Oddsocks Outdoor Theatre: Macbeth, Harlow Carr
Shakespeare’s dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ new musical adaptation of Macbeth. Deckchairs available to hire (£5 per chair, cash only.) Prices: Adult £17, child (7–17yrs) £10, under 7s £3.

13 July, Mow a Meadow: Learn to Scythe, Harlow Carr

Wisley’s wild garden

15–16 July, Summer Nights open-air cinema screenings, Wisley
Enjoy outdoor film screenings of The Martian (12A) and Dirty Dancing (12A) for a relaxing summer evening in the garden. Prices: RHS members & non-members £13 per person for each screening. Early-bird £11 per person (up to six weeks in advance). Under 5s go free. Book open-air cinema screenings online or call QUAD box office on 01332 290606.

16 July, Linocut – ‘Rhubarb and roses’, Harlow Carr

16 July, Garden Design Secrets Unveiled, Wisley

16 July, Wildlife in the Garden, Rosemoor

16-17 July, Carnivorous Plants Exhibition, Rosemoor
The Carnivorous Plant Society will run two free talks each day at 11.30am and 2.30pm covering the natural history and cultivation of these unusual plants. See displays of exotic temperate and tropical plants as well as native species.

16-17 July, Arts Fest, Wisley
Enjoy live music in the garden, acrobatic and theatre performances, craft stands and demonstrations plus a programme of poetry talks. New, try out your circus skills, including juggling, plate spinning and unicycle riding.

16–17 July, Meet the Author Weekend, Harlow Carr
Chat to four very different authors about their latest works. On 16 July, A Year of Cake author Lynn Hill and author of Common Ground Rob Cowen will be on hand to sign copies of their books and answer questions. On 17 July, Precarious Fortunes author Ian Townsend and creator of the D.I Yates novels Christina James will talk about the inspiration for their novels.

16-17 July, Cactus and Succulent Show, Hyde Hall
Join members from the Chelmsford branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society for their annual show featuring a stunning plant display, sales, informative talks, help and advice. Times: 10am – 5pm.

17 July, Wildlife in the Garden, Rosemoor

18 July, Garden Walk: More than just a pretty face, Harlow Carr

20 July, Making the Most of Microclimates, Wisley

Harlow Carr's borders
Harlow Carr’s borders

20 July, Garden Walk- Planting and maintaining herbaceous borders, Harlow Carr

22 July, What Now? July and August, Harlow Carr

23 July, Photography Morning, Wisley

23 July, Penstemon in the Spotlight – Free Plant Centre Event, Rosemoor

23-24 July, Vintage Weekend, Rosemoor
Step back in time for a weekend filled with all things retro. See displays of vintage vehicles, bikes & horticultural machinery, along with an antique and collectors’ fair.

From 23 July, Summer holiday fun – Rocket Science, all gardens
Embark on an out-of-this-world adventure as the gardens go intergalactic to celebrate the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Rocket Science project.

23 July, Outdoor Cinema Evening, 7pm, Hyde Hall
As the sun goes down, enjoy the classic film, Mamma Mia. Picnics welcome. Book in advance through Essex Outdoor Cinema
Prices: Adult £12, under 16s £8.

25 July, The Curator’s Summer Garden Walk, Rosemoor


26 July, Shadow Puppets – Shadow Lab Cosmic Garden, Rosemoor

26 July, Willow Rockets and Stars, Wisley

27 July, Summer Ornamental Pruning, Wisley

28 July, Garden Walk: Perfect plants for ponds, Harlow Carr

28 July, Project: Dance! The Moon, The Stars & the Little Wooden Shack, Rosemoor

28 July, Puppet Making Workshop, Hyde Hall

29 July, Exploring creative flower and plant photography, Harlow Carr

30-31 July, British Pteridological Society 125 year celebration, Wisley
This anniversary features displays of specialist and garden ferns; advice on planting, care and use of ferns; and tours of fern plantings in the gardens.

Addresses and websites

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB, www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CS3 8ET, www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB, www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH, www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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