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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:27


21 February 2012

Mother’s Day at RHS Gardens

Looking for an inspirational day out for the whole family, this Mother’s Day, where you can entertain adults and children alike with relaxing walks and a variety of events all in one place? Then families need look no further than their nearest RHS garden for a fantastic day out.

With activities from lunches to teas, and gifts from plants to orchids as well as RHS Flower Show tickets, or memberships, for those that still need to make that last minute purchase. With a milder spell of weather now upon us, witness the fabulous plants at last exploding into leaf and flower; there is something for all the family to enjoy.

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Enjoy glorious spring colour, displays of daffodils and camellias, as well as the exotic Orchids in the Glasshouse display. For a special treat, book lunch or Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory Dining Room (call 01483 225329 to book).

The RHS flagship property, RHS Garden Wisley is one of the finest gardens in the world. For more than 100 years it has been a showcase for horticultural excellence, world class plant collections and outstanding large scale gardening displays. With over 200 acres of land, for families, the sheer size of Wisley gives great scope for fun and discovery. There are family trails with ideas of the best spots to explore, things to look out for and fun activities in the garden. There is even a dedicated RHS Garden Wisley I-Spy book to keep younger visitors on track. Would-be jungle explorers can venture into the Tropical Zone of the Glasshouse, whilst bird lovers can visit the bird hide, or see the ducks on the lake. The arboretum and pinetum are great for spotting pine cones, there is a fascinating ‘plants for bugs’ area and seasonal bug-collecting and insect- identification activities, whilst children of all ages will love the outdoor play area with its naturally created climbing and balancing equipment.

For more information please visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Prices: RHS members plus one guest: free

Adult: 10.50, Child (5-16): £4.50, Children 4 and under: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children) £27.00

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Not sure what to get for the mum who has everything? Treat her to a relaxing day out at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and pure indulgence at Bettys Café Tearoom with a garden and dining package including an elegant afternoon tea or a delicious breakfast brunch. Bring her along to the Plant Centre and let her choose from the vast selection of plants on offer, where the knowledgeable staff will offer tips and guidance to create perfect plantings!

Located on the outskirts of Harrogate, Harlow Carr captures the essence of Yorkshire within a beautiful garden setting. The garden design replicates the natural spirit of the region, with features evoking the surrounding landscapes, including water features, dry stone walling, wooded areas and also some ornamental aspects redolent of Harrogate itself. For families, the garden offers a combination of wilderness and sense of adventure in a landscaped, self contained setting, with a log maze, family trails, children’s play area and woodland dens.

For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Prices: RHS members plus 1 family guest: free
Adult: £7.50; Child (5-16): £3.75; Children under 5: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children) £20.25
Normal garden admission applies.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

Treat your mum to lunch this weekend in the Barn Restaurant at Hyde Hall. Mother’s Day lunches are on Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 March 2012, between 12- 2.00pm. Choose from either two-courses at £21.95 or three-courses at £23.95.Table reservations essential on 01245 402 103.

With wide open skies and far reaching views, RHS Garden Hyde Hall is the perfect place for families to discover the great outdoors, with plenty to keep children occupied. Located just outside Chelmsford in Essex, it consists of an 8 acre, intensely cultivated hilltop area, with numerous features, including a colour themed herbaceous border, two ponds, a rose garden, farmhouse garden and woodland garden. This more formal area is surrounded by vast open countryside, with vast swathes of grasses and perennials on Clover Hill, and an estate beyond comprising of developing woodland, hedgerows, bee hives, meadows and pasture. It is a haven for wildlife with multitudes of songbirds and brown hares running across the meadows.

For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall.

Prices: RHS members plus 1 family guest: free

Adult: £7.00; Child (5-16): £3.50; Children under 5: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children) £18.90

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon

Not sure what to get the Mum who has everything? Bring her to the Plant Centre and let her choose her own plants,10am-5pm. Plant a container with, or for Mum on this Mother’s Day Weekend. Purchase plants from the RHS Plant Centre and get them planted up and wrapped (free event in Plant Centre and Gift Shop). Mother’s Day lunch, Sunday, 12pm–2.30pm, in the Garden Kitchen Restaurant, serving a gourmet two-course meal with gift, for all those deserving Mothers.

Nestled in the Torridge Valley in North Devon, just south of the North Devon coast and west of Exmoor National Park, RHS Garden Rosemoor is spread across 65 acres. Within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides, it consists of sculptured gardens intercepted by cool restful areas of parkland, meadows and trees. It is a wonderful place for children to explore, with its winding paths and different areas to discover. The Brash is the family picnic and play area, a natural hideaway in the woods for children (and adults) of all ages to enjoy. With log stepping stones, dens that are perfect for hide and seek, giant bugs to spot and bird feeding there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor.

Prices: RHS members plus one guest: free
Adult: £7.50, Child (5 -16): £3.75, Children under 5: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children): £20.25


RHS Gifts:

RHS shows - treat your mother to a day out she will remember for a long time with tickets to an RHS show. Choose from the spring-flavoured RHS Show Cardiff in April, the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July and the relaxed RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in Cheshire, also in July. www.rhs.org.uk

RHS Gift Membership - give your mum a gift she'll thank you for every single day this Mothers' Day – RHS Gift Membership. You’ll give her a year of free garden visits to share; The Garden magazine monthly (worth £51 alone), and friendly one-to-one gardening advice from our experts. So nothing need get in the way of indulging her passion for gardening. This all comes wrapped up and ready to give away, so she’ll have something to open on the day - all for just £51.

Gardening in Drought Conditions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2012 22:27
Date 20 February 2012
Gardening in Drought Conditions
Following the announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) of drought conditions in the southeast of the UK, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Members’ Advisory Service has issued some information for gardeners.
The charity suggests four key things to do to protect plants in drought conditions. Firstly RHS experts advise that soil cultivation is of key importance. Gardeners should dig in large amounts of garden compost, manure or other organic matter. This will help improve soil structure and in turn will help water retention and water availability to plants.
RHS Suggestions for Olympic and Jubilee Celebrations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:05



Date 14 February 2012

RHS Suggestions for Olympic and Jubilee Celebrations



The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched an advisory page on its website (www.rhs.org.uk) providing advice and suggestions to gardeners wanting to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics by creating red, white and blue planting schemes.

The charity has brought together a selection of plants with red, white and blue flowers that will go well together. The RHS Members’ Advisory Service has even anticipated the challenge of getting these colours in the garden in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

“Unfortunately June is not the best time to have masses of colour from plants grown from seeds,” says Jenny Bowden, one of the RHS Member Advisors. “But we have come up with some great suggestions that are relatively easy to grow. We know how important these two wonderful events are to people and we just thought that some patriotic planting would help in the celebrations.”

RHS Garden Harlow Carr has enjoyed its best year ever PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 February 2012 13:48




13 February 2012

RHS Garden Harlow Carr has enjoyed its best year ever


Pictures shows: The Main Borders at RHS Garden Harlow Carr (picture credit Lee Beel)

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, has announced results for its best year ever, having welcomed more than 290,000 visitors and members, despite the particularly tough economic climate.

RHS Gardens Gearing Up For Grow Your Own Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:21



8 February 2012

RHS Gardens Gearing Up For Grow Your Own Weekend

RHS Gardens around Britain will be sharing the best in gardening knowledge during the next Grow Your Own Weekend, 24–25 March 2012. A host of activities at the gardens will provide many opportunities for family fun and learning.

Make this the year you add tasty fruit and vegetables to plots or containers in your garden. The RHS Grow Your Own Weekend will celebrate the start of the growing year and give you all the know-how you need to get started and develop your skills.

Get help from our very own RHS gardeners, watch practical planting demonstrations and find out how to be creative with your produce at the cookery demonstrations. Throughout the day, RHS staff will be giving short practical planting demonstrations packed with useful hints and tips.

David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition at RHS Garden Hyde Hall PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 12:15


David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition at RHS Garden Hyde Hall


Unseen Forces – an exhibition of large organic forms and kinetic sculpture by David Watkinson opens at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, on Saturday 28 April 2012, for the next six months.

Taking inspiration from the natural world the exhibits depict seed heads, leaves and fruit among other forms and are made from a variety of materials such as steel, aluminium and cold-cast bronze.

Amazing Art in the Garden this Half Term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:10



Budding Picassos are invited to get their hands dirty this half term, 11 – 19 February at RHS Garden Harlow Carr with fun for all the family whatever the weather.

Children will be encouraged to scavenge around the garden looking for natural materials to turn into a Journey Stick back in the garden workshop. A journey stick acts like a memory map providing a reminder of the things seen, felt and experienced on a journey.

Anthony Tesselaar’s Predictions for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 00:32

Anthony Tesselaar’s Predictions for 2012

FORGET all those doomsday predictions about 2012, according to Anthony Tesselaar Plants life will continue to be good next year in the gardening industry.

Unveiling its respected 2012 Garden Trends Survey, the renowned horticulture company predicts that high value, water-wise plants, along with small water features and Mediterranean style gardens, will loom large over the coming 12 months.

Based on the views of several top industry experts, the survey suggests that gardeners will save themselves water, hassles and misspent money.

Parts of the UK experienced drought conditions during 2011, with ground water levels low thanks to a dry Spring. The Environment Agency declared a drought in the UK in June this year.

According to one expert quoted in the survey: “People are making sure they’re watering responsibly, choosing plants that aren’t water hogs and putting rain sensors on their irrigation systems. They’re also making sure the irrigation is monitored so it’s not watering the driveway and sidewalk.”

As a result, the Garden Trends Survey suggests water-wise plants will make Mediterranean style gardens a discernible feature of gardens in 2012.

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