Late summer events at RHS Gardens

Make the most of the last bank holiday of the season with a day out at your nearest RHS Garden. Come back later for 2019 events

Here's what happened in summer 2018...

Jurassic Discovery

Willow dinosaurFamilies took part in Jurassic Discovery activities. There was a chance to take a step back in time and unearth the secrets of the land that time forgot. With Jurassic plant habitats and dinosaur footprints to discover, there were fun activities every day to keep budding adventurers busy throughout the summer holidays.

Late summer colour

Hot BorderThe RHS Gardens have year-round interest but there are some fabulous vistas to appreciate at this time of year. 

Sculpture trail at Wisley

Transience by J Hateley

Visitors could discover RHS Garden Wisley in a different way by following the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail. This trail of contemporary and traditional sculpture featured more than 100 pieces of work from some of the South East’s finest established and emerging artists, set against the beautiful backdrop of the garden in late summer.

Then they could head to Howard's Field where you could see our new Heather Landscape. Around 25,000 heathers from the National Heather Collection have been planted in our new design.
Also on show, and giving visitors who had brought their cameras with them some inspiration, was the RHS Photographic Competition Display.

Really Wild Learning at Rosemoor

Boa constrictor

Garden-goers could meet some modern-day Jurassic creatures at RHS Garden Rosemoor with Really Wild Learning. Over the one-hour session they were amazed by animal facts, met the creatures up close and were able to see the amazing link between dinosaurs and today’s creatures.

It was also the perfect time to see the Hot Garden at its best. Be inspired to create your own blaze of colour, with deep red provided by Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet' in between the purples and oranges and deep yellow of Pleioblastus viridistriatus.

Summer activities galore at Harlow Carr

Craft ShowcaseVisitors enjoyed Harlow Carr Summer Music Sundays, and could bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music.

Then they could take the opportunity to check out the Summer Craft Showcase in the Bath House Gallery, watch craft displays and maybe even have a go themselves.
The Tropical Bed did particularly well during the heatwave. Obviously the bananas, cannas and salvias felt at home in Yorkshire during the warm weather.

Flowers and crafts at Hyde Hall

Floral Fantasia

Visitors could browse the Contemporary Craft and Design Show with the very best professional designers, artists and craftsmen offering individuality and innovation in contemporary design. 
And there was still time to enjoy the Floral Fantasia, an extravaganza of pots, baskets and containers created in association with Thompson & Morgan and featuring more than 1,000 bedding plants.


Look forward to autumn

We have so much more to offer you during the autumn months, including some wonderful shows, which celebrate the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
Discover a show near you

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