A 'spring' in our step

Hidden bunnies, trails of tulips and the perfect treat for Mother's Day - Harlow Carr's events are full of the magic of spring

Watching signs of spring emerging every day does something to the soul - and can only help with the creative approach we take to planning the events calendar each year. We plan our calendar with gardening at the heart of our ideas, and I wanted to use this opportunity to share the cream of the crop here at Harlow Carr.

Focusing on the great feeling spring gives us, I've centred our Mother’s Day activities on ‘wellbeing’. I am so lucky to work in a garden that allows me to escape my desk, something we should all do for our own wellbeing, so I wanted to encourage others to look at the benefits of horticulture for health. The weekend's events use the garden as their backdrop; creating lavender bags with children for their mums, and talks on the benefits of essential oils, massage and meditation.

I think it is so important to draw on our senses when trying to relax; I always have a scented candle burning at home and my personal favourite is a candle called ‘Inspire’ made by a local company we support in the Plant Centre called The Harrogate Candle Company.

I can think of nothing nicer than a Mothers' Day walk with my mum around Harlow Carr, ‘Bettys’ for afternoon tea and then relaxing at home, filling the house with the delicious smell of geranium, eucalyptus and orange. As I will be working over the weekend this year I will have to rain check that walk with my lovely mum but I will be posting her a candle to fill her home with scent so she can think of me, thinking of her!  

We love encouraging families into the garden, so events over the Easter holidays include some Easter baby animals, a trail searching for Lindt Gold Bunnies (who doesn’t love free chocolate?), crafts and storytelling.

As a novice but hugely enthusiastic gardener, I will be taking part in National Gardening Week which will focus on helping new gardeners to grow (perfect for me). The month finishes with our Plant Heritage Spring Plant Festival with a range of nurseries selling a host of interesting plants… Note to self; I must remember not to spend too much!

A feast of flowers

The weekend also includes Tulip and Daffodil shows. In 2016 these were my first experiences of  RHS shows and I was mesmerised by the attention to detail from all of the exhibitors and the precision of the displays, I can honestly recommend it if you have never seen a judged RHS show.

Luckily for me throughout May there is a month-long Tulip Trail around the garden so I will be able to find out more about the types of tulips I love as well as picking them up from the Plant Centre to plant at home… double note to self; I must remember also not plant too many tulips!

Spring is just the start of our year and there are so many exciting things coming up, including a whole summer of nostalgic fun around Enid Blyton and the Famous Five…'Golly gosh, I can’t’ wait!'

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