Christmas is coming

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

Christmas willow stars, ready to have lights insertedWe’ll start with the entrance – outside, the plant pots will be adorned with beautiful willow stars made from bleached willow and covered in lights: they are currently in our office having the lights fitted (which is a challenge in itself) - next Monday the entrance will be beautifully starlit!

Entrance lights in the Gardens Through Time LoggiaMoving through the entrance we come to the conservatory where the entrance team headed up by Angie (West)  have made glorious green swags and wreaths – these natural decorations have a most beautiful woodland pine scent and twinkly lights look cheery even on the dullest of days.

Wandering up to the Gardens Through Time, the loggia in Garden 4 (The Edwardian Garden) has a spectacular ceiling display again made of greenery collected from around the garden, enhanced with a mixture of silver baubles and fairy lights.

Gardening angels - made from horticultural fleece!Amy - who looks after the Alpine House - has made a series of tiny white angels from horticultural fleece; when I asked her how she’d achieved the particular pleated effect of the skirts she said she’d taken them all home and ironed them! Now that’s dedication for you, there are more than 100! Moving down to the Kitchen Garden, their glasshouse has got a whole series of fiery red chillies and matching red fairy lights. Even on a cold day this will warm you up.

Elsewhere work has been progressing apace where our tree felling team have taken down some conifers on the boundary fence, this has the effect of revealing our latest asset – The Harrogate Arms – so it can be viewed from inside the garden where the bathhouse is.

View through newly-felled trees to the Harrogate ArmsThe building was built in the 19th century to accommodate visitors taking the spa waters in the bathhouse. The purchase of the Harrogate Arms by the Society will be a fabulous addition to Harlow Carr and will give a truly fascinating historical insight into Victorian spa life for our visitors to enjoy once the story is told.

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