Katherine Musgrove

Acting Garden Manager - RHS Harlow Carr

I adore working at Harlow Carr, no two days are the same and the gardens continually change and develop, both in the beds and woodland

I’ve been working since the age of 16, but my first job was a world away from horticulture working in a well-known chocolate factory in York. After many years it was time for a career change and, with a love for gardening, I enrolled onto a full-time horticulturist course at Askham Bryan College in 2006. After two years and two work placements at both RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Roundhay Park in Leeds, I proudly graduated with a degree in Horticultural Science. Soon after, I secured a permanent position at Harlow Carr following a temporary summer job at the beautiful gardens in Harrogate. Working firstly as a gardener in floral, I went onto to become one of the team leaders looking after the herbaceous perennials across the whole garden. It’s great fun, but can be quite challenging at times with the North Yorkshire weather!

I am now currently Acting Garden Manager for the woodland productive and nursery team, which brings a whole new set of challenges and keeps me on my toes. I adore working at Harlow Carr, no two days are the same and the gardens continually change and develop, both in the beds and woodland – it’s why visitors come back again and again, and it’s what makes the garden so special and loved. 

Katherine's posts and conversations

  • Dry-stones and daphnes

    Amid hard rocks and frost, scented flowers bloom

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  • Wanders in the garden

    Weekends at Harlow Carr include looking after some feathered friends and enjoying late summer b

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  • Basking in the show's success

    As the dust settles after the whirlwind of the first-ever Harlow Carr Flower Show, everyone has

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  • Another busy year 

    Looking back over the last year, including garden highlights

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  • Ditches drains and waterfalls

    We're up to our elbows in mud, and loving every minute

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  • Star Struck or Root Bound

    With so much going on at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, I can't decide if I'm star struc

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  • Things that go grunt in the night

    Join RHS Garden Harlow Carr's blogger Katherine as she helps hedgehogs in need and discover

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  • Floral lawns on trial - and an ancient forest is reborn

    This week, horticulturists turn into handyculturists to help keep visitors on their feet, and t

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  • Autumn misty days

    As autumn begins, we're treated to misty days and things that go bump in the car park

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  • Glorious vines, bold borders and timely tasks

    Seasonal tasks are under way amongst the spectacular autumnal colours, and we're starting a

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  • Garden guru weaves border magic

    Everything in the garden is flowering fit to burst at this time of year. But behind it all is a

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  • From tots to teens and beyond

    We're looking to the future with apprentices, students and plenty of entertainment for youn

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  • Of pantomimes and make believe

    Okay here’s a question for you: 'what is 9ft 3in (2.8m) tall and grows as fast as the

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  • Tutti frutti summer

    There is an excitement in the air: it’s all created by the fact that the Annual General M

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  • Of motorways and meconposis

    As I was driving down the A1 at the weekend I noticed with pleasure that there were great swath

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  • It's new faces all round, with alpine glories and new chicks on the block

    The chickens have finally arrived on site, causing great excitement all round. Meanwhile the Al

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  • Chicken run confusion and a grand day out

    Erecting the run has been a challenge most difficult - the instructions led to much confusion a

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  • If a tulip could smile….

    It certainly would be, this fine morning as I write my blog. The tulips are at the bottom of th

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  • Snakes and meadows

    New volunteers arrive - but they'd better mind where they tread in the grass

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  • Tiny beauties and vibrant colour

    From tiny freshly-hatched chicks to huge magnolias bursting into bloom, all creatures great and

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  • Of willow spiling and golden bunnies

    It's wickerwork as you've never seen it, and rabbits that even Mr McGregor would be ple

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  • From alpines to eggs

    From the rainbow of colour in the Alpine House to the anticipation of fluffy baby chicks, sprin

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  • Of silver birch and scarecrows

    It's been a mixed week in the garden, starting with planting in the mud and rain and ending

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  • Plants defying the snowy conditions

    A new path and some winter-flowering favourites are providing interest at Harlow Carr, despite

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  • Spring is just around the corner

    The sky is changing and there are some springtime changes at Harlow Carr

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  • Winter plantings and kitchen gardens

    The snow has arrived at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, but there is still plenty do... as always

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  • Of tractor wheels and spring delights

    The new year brought both early spring pleasures as well as troublesome weather for the staff a

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  • Christmas activites at Harlow Carr

    As well as bringing Christmas quizzes and weather preparations, December is a good time for pla

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  • Up close and personal in the winter garden

    A winter's stroll is full of a surprises: gaudy colour, heady scent and some cunning ways o

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  • Christmas is coming

    As promised, I’m going to take you on a virtual tour of our innovative Christmas decorati

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  • Of uniform and fairy lights

    Exciting Christmas preparations but also a look to next spring with the volunteers at RHS Garde

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  • The scents of winter

    Autumn's a busy time at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, with winter plants to enjoy and a frenzy of

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  • From wooden leaves to glowing leaves under the eaves

    A feel good glow hung over everyone all morning; especially when teas, coffee and biscuits were

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  • Of gales and all things mechanical

    As a team, our gardeners, as I guess most gardeners up and down the country do, grit their teet

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  • Wonders of the Winter Walk

    Back to the woodland; there is a troll lurking in the undergrowth…

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  • Vital vines of autumn

    As the autumn weather arrives, it brings dramatic colour changes and contrasts to Harlow Carr

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  • All is safely gathered in

    Meadows, meconopsis and a marvellously unexpected guest to RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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  • Little or large, kniphofias have it!

    In a trice I whipped out my secateurs from their holster faster than a gunslinger in the Wild W

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  • The encroaching autumn...

    While doing the woodland checks early this morning I was struck by how autumn is subtly clothin

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  • Summer events are well under way...

    I've been organising this week – RHS Garden Harlow Carr is immersed in activity with

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  • The people behind the places

    The team of people who make RHS Gardens what they are is ever-changing

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  • Whiter than white

    I had two days off from RHS Garden Harlow Carr last week, and came back in full of the joys...

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  • Revelling in high summer

    High summer at RHS Garden Harlow Carr is full of delights both floral and musical...

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  • Mediterranean madness

    I have been very excited by the Mediterranean border in recent weeks, as it’s suddenly be

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  • Making hay while the sun shines

    The garden team have been weeding, edging and mowing like things possessed this week

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  • Lily beetles on the offensive

    This week has seen me on my hands and knees – not a big surprise in itself to those who k

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  • Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

    Despite torrential rain, a moment of beauty shows itself at Harlow Carr

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  • Species tulips

    I was arrested the other morning by the sight most amazing (as Poirot might say) - I was walkin

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  • All in a day's work...

    All of a sudden we find ourselves in April, where did the first three months go?

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