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RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview

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

Yorkshire garden holds second annual show, June 23-25

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Harrogate’s Harlow Carr plays host to another three-day flower show, set against the backdrop of its stunning gardens.

There is a full programme of talks, demonstrations, and chances to shop for rare plants and unusual gardening paraphernalia at special show prices.

Once you’ve had enough, escape the crowds with a stroll in the garden: don’t miss the Streamside spectacle of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas and almost 8,000 alliums in the Main Border.

Show highlights

  • More than 40 specialist nurseries and garden trade companies, including County Durham’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show multiple gold medal winners Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries with a selection of woodland, alpine and rare perennials will be present.
  • Get advice from garden writer and broadcaster Martin Fish, plus question-and-answer sessions with members of the RHS Garden Advice Service.
  • Talks and demonstrations, including flower arranging with Jonathan Moseley from the BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge.
  • On Friday, soldiers from the 6 Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps, Dishforth, who have been working with the NHS, run a ‘boot camp’ for more than 600 schoolchildren. Hundreds of old army boots have been planted and decorated by pupils, along with portable pallet gardens created by military wives.
  • Enjoy tea and cake at Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms or Bettys Tea House (but avoid peak times if you take my advice – the queues are massive).
  • Live big band music.

Plan your visit

  • Show dates: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 10am-5pm. Visit www.rhs.org/harlowcarr for full details including parking.
  • Prices: Free with normal garden admission (RHS members go free). Entrance tickets can be bought online at https://gardentickets.rhs.org.uk/rhshc/buy.aspx?tid=4
  • Park and ride: From Harrogate Rugby Union Football Club, Rudding Lane, Harrogate HG3 1DQ. Everyone should use this except disabled visitors who can park at the garden as normal.
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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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