My Day Out At RHS Harlow Carr With Fenetic Wellbeing!*

Monday, 24 October 2016

On Sunday 16th October I took my Mum and Granny to Harlow Carr for a morning's walking tour and tea and cake in Bettys, all courtesy of Fenetic Wellbeing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and wanted to share a few photos with you, as well as giving you a bit of information/history of Harlow Carr in case you don't know anything about it! So sit back, grab a cuppa and read on! 

The Northern Horticultural Society was founded back in 1946 with the objective of 'promoting and developing the science, art and praise of horticulture with special reference to the conditions pertaining to the North of England.' Harrogate Borough Council own the land and lease it to The Society. The NHS had five gardens in total but found that they couldn't manage the land themselves and so in 2001 they merged with The Royal Horticultural Society and the restoration of Harlow Carr began. 

Originally leasing 10.5ha or 26 acres, this has been assessed and extended over time to now leasing 23.4ha or 58 acres. Quite incredible really! The land consists of mixed woodland, pasture and arable land. The gardens were officially opened in 1950. The chief aim of these gardens was to set it up as a trial ground to asses the suitability of plants for growing in northern climates. This is something which continues to this day. 

There are 25 full time gardeners, 3 student gardeners and 2 apprentice gardeners.

Having not been to the gardens since I was very young, it was new to me and I could not have been happier wandering around and hearing what our wonderfully informative guide Peter had to say about the Gardens. It makes such a difference having a guide, I always feel like you get something more from the places you visit when you have a guide. It brings the whole experience to life!

Sometimes it can feel like there's no colour, no life in a garden at this time of year but that couldn't be further from the truth. Harlow Carr was looking absolutely stunning despite the rain! I love this time of year because all the leaves start changing colour. At Harlow Carr, the stunning yellow leaves of trees like Acers set against the red stems of the Dogwoods make for an eye catching view.

This waterfall forms part of the stream which runs through Harlow Carr. They have built ponds along the way to try and stem the flow due to water erosion. They use Willow along the banks to hold it in which then roots itself into the bank, thus supporting the bank as a whole. I thought this was ingenious really!! They also used Dogwood as a fence along the border of one of the gardens further up in the gardens. They train it to run in a particular way and then it grows in that direction.

This plant was one of my favourites because of the colour! I love how it pops against the greens and yellows.

I apologise for the darkness of these pictures, it had been raining and only cleared up towards the end of our tour! I still think you can appreciate how beautiful the gardens were looking though! 

Big thanks to Fenetic Wellbeing, Bettys and RHS Harlow Carr for having us all and to our Guide Peter for giving such an informative tour. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely be back!! 


Jacket: Primark
Top: Dorothy Perkins 
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Dorothy Perkins

Love, Sarah

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