Everything’s bloomin’ wonderful at RHS Harlow Garden Carr. Covering 68 acres, you can walk through woodland, follow the length of the beck, pass through meadows and take inspiration as you cast your eye over the many botanical highlights on offer throughout the seasons. Harlow Carr is one of four, beautifully laid out, public gardens in the country, courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s not just a place for you to enjoy the charms of nature, it’s also designed with your inspiration in mind – with a dose of advice and plant shop on hand.
The Gardens Through Time are a series of intimate landscaped spaces, using green fashions and techniques from the past 200 years. Whereas the Kitchen Garden offers not just flowers, but vegetables, fruits and herbs planted together in clay soil in windy conditions to show you the magical possibilities of the right methods in a tricky environment. Then there is the Streamside Garden, with its plethora of moisture-seekers, and the Alpine House – a glass structure that offers both protection and air circulation that enables alpines to flourish.
The gardens are open every day from 9.30am to 4pm (November to February) and 9.30am to 6pm (March to October), costing £3.95 for kids, £7.95 for adults and £21.50 for a family (2 adults, 2 kids). And check out their events to see what may be coming up around your visit.
Enter postcode ‘HG3 1UE’ into your Sat Nav, or you can catch the bus x6a from Harrogate Bus Station. The nearest train station is Harrogate, but they say the one and a half mile walk will take you an hour, without breaking a sweat.