Pre-bookings only: All visitors coming to the garden or Flower Show between Thursday 23 and Sunday 26 June must have a pre-booked ticket. Those without a booking will be turned away. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Alison Goding

...the passion the garden evoked... was overwhelming and it fell into my heart

I first came to Harlow Carr, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, as a student in 1997 when it was managed by the Northern Horticultural Society (NHS). Despite having few resources and a small garden team, the passion it evoked among its staff was overwhelming and it fell into my heart.

It was the toughest year of my horticultural training - working on heavy clay, in sub-zero temperatures and a wind that could bite the tips of your fingers off. In 2001 (whilst completing my traineeship at Wisley) the NHS merged with the RHS, making Harlow Carr its fourth and most northerly garden. I returned in 2002 as a gardener and have since enjoyed more than 15 years at Harlow Carr, in recent years becoming Garden Manager of the Floral Ornamental area.

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