Easter and National Gardening Week activities
The Royal Horticultural Society’s northernmost garden, Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, is well worth a visit, even if you don’t like gardening (there is a Bettys Tea Room there for starters).
It’s great for kids in the holidays, as there are loads of Easter-themed crafts and activities to keep them occupied and wear them out.
National Gardening Week also takes place this month (April 10-16) and there are several events aiming to encourage people to take up the hobby.
Here’s what’s going on in April:
Until 27 April: Bath House Showcase: Paper and Printing
New print artists and paper crafters on show.
Until 30 April: Spring Showcase
A collection of seasonal images from the Lindley Library collections and from around the gardens.
8-23 April: Easter Holiday Fun and Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
Join the hunt for the Lindt gold bunny, plus lots of fun Easter activities.
10-13 April: National Gardening Week – Helping New Gardeners To Grow
Celebrate National Gardening Week with a range of activities.
10-11 April: National Gardening Week – Sweet peas, 11am-4pm
Growing, nurturing and caring for sweet peas by experts at the National Sweet Pea Society with talks, demos and displays.
11 & 18 April: Garden Detectives
Search for the Garden Detectives, on hand to share their themed stories at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
12 & 19 April: Craft workshops
Make your own bunny headdress, 10.30am-12.30pm, and 1-3pm.
12 April: National Gardening Week – Houseplants
RHS garden advisor Martin Fish talks about houseplants and gives tips on nurturing a mature garden or starting from scratch.
13 April: National Gardening Week – Houseplant Hospital
Bring houseplants to specialist plant ‘doctors’ who will advise on the best medicine and remedies for poorly plants.
13 & 20 April: Birds of prey display and flying shows
See birds of prey up close and watch spectacular flying shows, 10am-3pm; flying shows at 11am & 1pm.
14-17 April (Good Friday-Easter Monday): Meet Easter babies
Meet real Easter babies, including lambs and goats, 11am-2pm.
14-17 April (Good Friday-Easter Monday): Say hello to Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny will be hopping around the garden, 11am-2pm.
14-17 April (Good Friday-Easter Monday): Easter crafts
Get busy making a hatching chick model, 10.30am-12.30pm, and 1-3pm.
23 April: Orchid workshop
A display of orchids by the Harrogate Orchid Society, and learn how to grow them. Suitable for experts or novices interested in orchids.
25 April: Flower crowns, buttonholes, and wrist corsages
A new course from Rachel to make wearable floral arrangements.
29-30 April: Spring Plant Festival
The weekend will see the Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair with specialist nurseries, the RHS Late Daffodil and Tulip competitions and the launch of the Harlow Carr Spring Woodland Collection in the Plant Centre.
29 April: Bath House Showcase – Let’s Celebrate God’s Own Country
‘Ey up’ is a celebration of Yorkshire reflecting its moors, dales, towns and coastline. Artists, photographers and other makers will be part of this event.