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  • Adult Leisure Learning Programme Announced at Harlow Carr

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:19 AM

    A new year of adult leisure learning is about to begin at RHS Garden Harlow Carr with the announcement of the programme of courses and workshops from September to December 2011.


  • The Meconopsis Trial at Harlow Carr Shows its colours!

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 18 May 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Harlow Carr is one of serveral sites across the country that has been chosen to grow 23 cultivars of meconopsis - more commonly known as the blue poppy because of its beautiful, vibrant hue. The trial will run over a 3 year period - the first trial assessment took place yesterday (Tuesday 17th May) and the trial committee were very pleased with the results so far. The conditions in the garden are ideal for this notoriously difficult to grow flower, making it a rather rare and extremely special sight. The first meconopsis to flower was Meconopsis grandis ex psw on 22nd April 2011.



  • Name That Hen!

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 10 May 2011 at 09:32 AM
    RHS Garden Harlow Carr has welcomed some new additions to the garden in the form of four lovely hens! The Garden team enjoyed a hen keeping lesson from Liz Milner of ‘Clucking Hens’ with advice on how to look after the new arrivals, however the hunt is now on to find the perfect name for all four hens!  

    Visitors to the garden and members of the public alike are invited to choose appropriate titles for the four very different birds! There is a ‘Brown Hen’ which are known for their friendly and docile nature and lay more than 330 eggs per year; a ‘Nero’ with lovely jet black plumage and sheens of green, purple and ginger; a ‘Blue Star’ which is a slightly chunkier hen (!) with a placid nature and dark steely grey plumage which is derived from a Maran and a Rhode Island Red; and an ‘Old Sussex Star’ which tends to be calmer in nature although the one at Harlow Carr seems to be rather fierce! This one is white in colour with black tips on its wings, tail and collar.



  • Windy Weather at Harlow Carr 10.3.2011

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 10 Mar 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Due to the extreme winds making many areas unsafe, RHS Garden Harlow Carr has closed. (10.3.2011)

    We are reviewing the situation throughout the day and may reopen if the weather conditions improve


  • Get Growing at Harlow Carr!

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 04 Mar 2011 at 04:00 PM

    It's that time of year again, spring is upon us and the avid gardener's thoughts may turn to growing their own produce.

    Here at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, the productive team have been hard at work in the newly expanded Kitchen Garden which has almost doubled in size. Nearly all of the new beds have been laid out and the turf is being laid as we speak. An exciting new addition is the rhubarb bed, providing a real mixture of varieties, including Paragon, Stockbridge Arrow and Cawood Advance


  • Visit award winning Harlow Carr for free!

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 25 Feb 2011 at 12:12 PM

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s Free Day Friday on 4th March provides a rare opportunity to visit this inspirational 58 acre garden for free for one day only!



  • Go Wild!

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 15 Feb 2011 at 09:37 AM

    Here at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, we're taking a walk on the wild side this half term, giving you the chance to become a wildlife explorer and discover how to help the birds, bugs and bats in your garden at home with a range of activities and workshops!



  • Watch spring unfold at Harlow Carr!

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 24 Jan 2011 at 10:26 AM
    The temperatures are rising (slowly but surely!), the dull, grey shadows are lifting from the skies as spots of blue are beginning to emerge, and the days are getting ever-so-slightly longer. Spring is just around the corner and Harlow Carr is the perfect place to watch winter fade and the new season burst into bloom, as the bulbs finally rear their heads. The snowdrops are beginning to peek through the soil and the green shoots of the daffodils are clear across the garden promising a spectacular ray of sunshine come spring. In the Gardens Through Time, container plantings of Muscari have already begun to produce shoots, leaving us looking forward to seeing the brilliant blue grape-like flowers in the coming months. In the winter garden Hamamelis, most commonly known as Witch Hazel, is in clear abundance, sitting in clusters of vivid yellow and dark orange. When the sunlight hits them, they will give off their rich scent, promising an intense sensory experience. And of course, the Winter Walk’s vibrant colours bring welcome cheer to the garden come rain or shine. Although the area has year round appeal, there is particular interest in the autumn and winter months. Small early-flowering spring bulbs, such as Scilla and Iris are present, and the fiery stems of Cornus provide eruptions of colour. The silver stems of the Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ (Harlow Carr’s ‘Plant of the Month’) present a perfect contrast and, along with the bark of the Silver Birch, truly shine over winter.



  • Garden Update Icy Conditions

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 28 Dec 2010 at 11:04 AM

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr will not open today.  The footpaths within the garden are unsuitable for walking.

     Rhs Shop will stay open until 3pm today however the Plant Centre is closed


  • Severe Icy Conditions

    Harlow Carr Gardeners on 28 Dec 2010 at 09:44 AM

    Due to severe icy conditions the RHS Shop and Garden will not open today until 11am. If you are planning to visit the garden or shop, please telephone in advance to avoid disappointment.

    Sincere apologies


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