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RHS Gardens Spring Activity Programme March–May 2022

Bringing longer days and milder weather, spring is a time of change in the RHS gardens.

To make the most of all that this season has to offer visitors can enjoy family trails, plant shows, expert talks and much more at RHS Garden Bridgewater in Greater Manchester, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey this spring.

For full listings, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens or contact Chloe Wells at [email protected].

Please check the RHS website for the latest information as event listings are subject to change. 

March
RHS Garden Bridgewater:
 
Walkies at Bridgewater, Tues 22 March
Bring a furry friend along to the garden and enjoy an early evening stroll.
 
Ramadan Kareem, Sun 27 March
This fun, interactive Ramadan storytelling show for children and their families is inspired by the book the Little Drummer Girl by Hiba Masood, and will be performed by Hina Qureshi. During the blessed month of Ramadan in Karachi, families are woken up for their pre-dawn meal before a long day of fasting by the sound of the neighbourhood dhol wala, who beats his drum as he walks through the streets. There has never been a girl dhol wala, until one day…
 
RHS Garden Harlow Carr:
 
BAMM North Mosaic Exhibition: Fruits of the forest, Thurs 24 March – Sun 24 April
Discover this unique art form in an entirely new way, as the British Association for Modern Mosaic showcase pieces inspired by a connection to nature, created using an infinite range of materials.
 
 
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall:
 
Mother’s Day Treats, Sun 27 March
Treat your loved ones to an indulgent afternoon tea in the Thatched Barn at RHS Hyde Hall, before talking in the colour and scents of the spring gardens.
 
Daffodil Show, Tues 29 & Weds 30 March
RHS Hyde Hall’s first ever Daffodil Show will see hundreds of daffodils on display, along with the opportunity for avid gardeners to learn more about daffodils and see swathes of yellow flowers dotted around the gardens.
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor:
 
Alpine Garden Society Show, Sat 26 March (10am-4pm)
See some of the best-grown alpines in the country at this annual show.
 
Japanese Weekend, Sat 19 & Sun 20 March
As the garden begins to bloom with Cherry Blossom, enjoy Japanese culture at RHS Rosemoor. From the intricate art of Bonsai and Ikebana to martial art, mindfulness and Japanese painting, immerse yourself in a huge variety of activities and learn something new.
 
RHS Garden Wisley:
 
Spring Plant Fair and Orchid Show, Fri 25 – Sun 27 March
This gardening bonanza brings two horticultural events to RHS Wisley in one weekend. Meet growers from 30 specialist nurseries and discover quality plants, many of which are not commonly found elsewhere. Visitors can also explore the Orchid Show, featuring around 10 specialist Orchid growers with stunning displays, plant sales, and expert advice and talks.
 
Cherry Blossom Week, Weds 30 March – Sat 2 April
Experience the arrival of fluffy pink and white blooms, as trees bursting with cherry blossom create picture-perfect spots around the garden at RHS Wisley this spring.
 
April
All Gardens:
 
Easter holidays: Giant Egg Hunt, Fri 1 – Sun 24 April
Discover the enormous painted eggs hidden around the gardens for families and children of all ages to discover, along with Easter-themed planting or craft workshops. Dates, times and activities vary per garden, please check the website for more information.
 
RHS Garden Bridgewater:
 
Plant heritage spring fair, Sat 2 & Sun 3 April
This seasonal plant fair brings opportunities to buy from specialist nurseries from across the region, along with plant displays, expert talks and demonstrations. In partnership with Plant Heritage North West.
 
Pride in Nature: Everyone is welcome, April
Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and what it means to be out and proud in the horticultural and natural environment sector.
 
RHS Garden Harlow Carr:
 
Cyclamen show, Sat 2 & Sun 3 April
The Cyclamen Society bring prize specimens and expert knowledge to RHS Harlow Carr to celebrate these attractive spring plants. Visitors can also discover a selection of plants and seeds for sale.
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall:
 
Success with Seeds and Cuttings, Thurs 7 April (11am-1.30pm)
Master the techniques of propagation and be rewarded with new plants for free. Learn how to take cuttings, sow seeds and care for new plants, so that come summer your garden will be bursting colour.
 
Spring plant fair, Sat 23 & Sun 24 April
Organised by Essex Plant Heritage, discover nurseries from across the region selling rare and unusual plants, and specialist plant societies on hand for advice.  
 
Spring craft fair and pottery exhibition, Fri 29 Apr – Mon 2 May
Discover an assortment of makers selling fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and more, at this weekend-long craft fair. Visitors can also chat to the Anglian Potters group who are showcasing the best of East Anglian ceramics in the Hilltop Lodge.
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor:
 
Woolly weekend, Sat 9 & Sun 10 April
Join RHS Rosemoor’s second ever 'Woolly Weekend', and celebrate the multitude of ways that wool and yarn can be used practically and creatively in our daily lives.
 
National Rhododendron show, Sat 23 & Sun 24 April
Marvel at the remarkable variety and colour of these beautiful, spring-flowering plants, with more than 60 classes covering all types of rhododendrons on display, as well as shopping and advice stands.
 
RHS Garden Wisley:
 
Cactus & succulent show, Sun 10 April
Join the British Cactus & Succulent Society for displays of these popular plants and find plant for sale and expert advice on caring for and propagating your cactus at home.
 
Walkies at Wisley, Weds 20 April
Bring a furry friend along to the garden for this special dog-friendly late afternoon.
 
Spring craft fair, Fri 29 April – Tues 3 May
Meet some of the finest craftspeople in the UK and browse a range of contemporary and traditional crafts. This year visitors can also enjoy demonstrations and food, and meet silver smiths in the glasshouse gallery.
 
Pelargonium Display in the Glasshouse, Sat 30 April – Mon 30 May
This diverse South African genus takes centre stage in The Glasshouse, showcasing sections of the National Collection of Pelargonium including species, species hybrids and miniature stellar forms, for the first time at Wisley.
 
May
All Gardens:
 
May half-term: Super bees, Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June
Learn all about the importance of bees at RHS gardens this May half-term. Enjoy arts and crafts and garden trails, and learn how to make a bee friendly garden.
Times and activities vary per garden, please check the website for more information.
 
RHS Garden Bridgewater:
 
Walkies at Bridgewater, Mon 23 May
Bring a furry friend along to the garden and enjoy an early evening stroll.
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall:
 
Textile exhibition: Changing Earth, Fri 6 – Thurs 19 May
Inspired by the RHS report ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’, take in a selection of 2D and 3D textile works created by the Eastern Region Textile Forum.
 
Hyde Hall Hounds, Thurs 19 & 26 May
Enjoy the spring gardens with your four-legged friend, as dogs are allowed into RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Hounds at Hyde Hall is a unique opportunity for you and your dog to explore a range of beautiful outdoor areas packed with horticultural delights.
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor:
 
Plant heritage spring plant fair, Sat 7 & Sun 8 May
Discover a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local Devon nurseries at this must-visit event for all keen gardeners and plant collectors. Many of the nurseries are not generally open to the public so this is a rare chance to access more unusual plant varieties, often at very reasonable prices.
 
Rosemoor Live!
Fri 13 May: Ceilidh Night
Grab your partner by the hand and gather for this night of dancing and fun.
Sat 14 May: 3 Daft Monkeys
With a fiery helter-skelter blend of influences from East and West, 3 Daft Monkeys inject a unique wildness into their music. Silvery vocal melodies soar above percussive global beats and rhythms, while passionate fiddle-driven tunes weave around animated guitar and bass.
Fri 20 May: T’Pau
Don’t miss one of the most successful and biggest-selling bands of the 1980s performing huge hits at RHS Rosemoor this spring.
Thurs 26 May: Alys Fowler
In this educational talk, gardener, writer and presenter Alys Fowler shows you how to create a rich, biodiverse garden that feeds not only you, but supports a wide range of pollinators, bees and butterflies, as well as other wildlife.
 
RHS Garden Wisley:
 
Iris Show, Sat 7 & Sun 8 May
Join the British Iris Society to celebrate their centenary with displays of colourful and rare iris, talks on iris care and propagation, flower arranging and art as well as unusual plants for sale. 
 
Walkies at Wisley, Mon 9 & Thurs 26 May
Bring a furry friend along to the garden for this special dog-friendly late afternoon.
 
 

 
 
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For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Chloe Wells on [email protected]  

 

Notes to editors

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Gardens
The RHS has five gardens:
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road, Off Leigh Road, Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester
M28 2LJ www.rhs.org.uk/bridgewater
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
 
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
 
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262
 
 

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