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.
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
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
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