Winter wonders

Saying hallo to autumn and looking forward to the festive season

Girls in Winter GardenAutumn really is my favourite season, and it’s such a pleasure to work in the beautiful surroundings of Harlow Carr as the garden takes on its changing colour – it really is magical.

Next year we will once again celebrate the season with some wonderful weekend events so be sure to pop these dates in your diary now: Real Ale & Food Festival (9 & 10 September 2017) and the Autumn Woodfest (30 Sept-1 October 2017); they really are great opportunities to experience the magic of autumn in the garden.

As the year draws to a close, the events team goes into full festive mode as we prepare for Christmas. The garden at Christmas is already delightful with our Winter Walk celebrating its tenth year. This year we are adding lights and mirrored stars to the entrance to reflect and enhance the surrounding trees and add a bit of extra sparkle. I strongly recommend a warm jumper, hat and scarf, and a stroll through the garden as low light levels and frosts highlight its natural shapes and textures – it’s simply stunning.  

Christmas shopThe historic Bath House will be transformed throughout December when Santa takes up residence. There are still tickets available for some of our Stories with Santa sessions which take place on 2-4, 9-11 and 16-24 December. Garden visitors can also get in the festive spirit by decorating a Christmas cookie, preparing their own Christmas Eve plate to put it on, and taking part in our festive trail; you can also make some special reindeer food!

The retail team is also busy stocking the shelves with gifts, treats and decorations, with a Yorkshire Christmas Shopping Showcase taking place on 10-11 December. Don't forget we are only closed on Christmas Day itself, so there is no better place for that family walk over the Christmas and New Year period.

2017 events

As we move into 2017, we have some lovely events planned for you. We’re really pleased to announce an exhibition taking place in our Bath House and Library from 7 January-26 February called 'Gardens Behind Barbed Wire'. This remarkable piece of World War One history tells the forgotten story of an intrepid group of British men who set up a horticultural society in the Ruhleben internment camp in Germany and helped to feed their fellow prisoners. This inspiring exhibition was first shown in the RHS Lindley Library in London, so it is a real treat that it’s coming to Yorkshire.

January and February see two new events designed to inspire new gardeners as well as offering expert advice to seasoned horticulturists. RHS garden advisor Martin Fish and a panel of experts will join us with a 'Grow and Show Weekend' on 28-29 January with practical tips and talks on how to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Our new 'Winter Garden' event on 11-12 February will showcase the best of Harlow Carr in the winter and is a chance to pick up top tips for getting the best out of your own garden in a tricky season.  

There are so many reasons to visit Harlow Carr during the autumn and winter months so why not pop along – I may well bump into you in my new hat and scarf (please Santa)…

More festive fun

Christmas with the RHS
Festive events at our four Gardens

RHS London Christmas Show
A seasonal treat in the Capital

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