RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Images: RHS Lee Beel
RHS Garden Harlow Carr: Yorkshire's Must Visit Garden
Harlow Carr captures the essence of Yorkshire within a beautiful garden setting. On the outskirts of Harrogate, in 68 acres of glorious wooded valley, this must-visit garden inspires with its innovative design and creative planting.
Originally opened by the Northern Horticultural Society as Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens in 1950, the garden has continued to develop since the amalgamation with the RHS in 2001, with features evoking the surrounding landscapes, including water features, dry stone walling and wooded areas.
Spring sees over ¼ million bulbs including snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, iris, crocus and grape hyacinths, whilst in May rhododendrons of all shapes and sizes, ranging from white to scarlet, are a must-see.
The herbaceous borders and scented gardens are a summer highlight, with fabulous colour and fragrance, as well as the botanical treasures in the Alpine House, and vibrant Streamside primulas and wildflower meadows.
In Autumn there are wonderful late perennials, grasses and vibrant foliage, with rich autumnal colour in the woodland and arboretum. Enjoy specially created winter walks, with winter flowering trees, fragrant shrubs and a mix of colourful stems.
A calendar of events includes Spring Gardening Weekend (2 – 3 May), RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show (26-28 June), National Sweet Pea Show (11-12 July), Clematis weekend (4-5 July), Orchid weekend (1-2 August), Music Sundays – afternoons in July and August. In late November and December enjoy spectacular Glow Illuminations.
Opening Times: Open daily except Christmas Day. 9.30am - 6pm March - October; 9.30am - 4pm November - February.
Admission Rates: See website for details. RHS Members plus one family guest free
Groups Rates: Minimum group size 10, (Pre-booking required) £9.50.
Facilities: Largest gardening bookshop in the north, Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Gift Shop, Plant Centre, Library.
Disabled Access: Yes. Accessible toilet and parking. Wheelchairs on loan, booking necessary.
Special Events: Yes. A full programme of events is available from the gardens or from the website.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact: The Admin Department, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB
Tel: 01423 565418 Fax: 01423 530663
Location: RHS Garden Harlow Carr is located two miles from the centre of Harrogate with good links from the town bus and train stations. Take the B6162 Otley Road out of Harrogate towards Beckwithshaw. Harlow Carr is 1.5 miles on the right.
Updated: December 2019