I recently signed up to an annual membership with the RHS, and decided to take a trip to Harlow Carr for the first time over the weekend.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a wander around the gardens, and it was lovely to go on a little solo stroll. When you live in the city it’s important to get out to green spaces and the suburbs from time to time!
From start to finish, the day trip was fantastic. The staff in the entrance were super helpful and, as I’m a new member, made sure I got a map and gave me an overview of the gardens.
When people say the RHS gardens are beautiful, they’re not exaggerating. The entrance brings you out to the middle of the gardens, and the landscape is actually really breathtaking. It’s so lush and green, and you really could spend all day there.
There’s plenty of spaces to sit and have a picnic, but if you fancy a little treat there’s a Betty’s near the entrance and a mini one at the other side of the gardens. I grabbed myself a little orange ice lolly to walk round with in the sunshine, but next time I’ll definitely stop off for a Betty’s lunch.
To celebrate National Gardening Week, there’s been lots of lovely events on at Harlow Carr in the run up to this weekend. After I’d explored most of the gardens, I stopped by one of the main events – an RHS-judged Daffodil, Tulip and Rhododendron show.
I never used to be a big fan of tulips, but in the last year or so they’ve become a bit of a favourite of mine. I didn’t envy the judges as all of the entries looked absolutely amazing! The daffodils and rhododendrons came in all different shapes and sizes, and I managed to get some snaps of my favavourites.
I can already tell that I’ll be making the most out of my membership over the next year with many trips to Harlow Carr, and of course the other RHS gardens and partner gardens.
There’s so much going on up at Harlow Carr and they’re running a discount on annual membership at the moment – check out the website for further details.