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dates: 28/02/2009 - 28/02/2009
details: Activities include: kite flying displays, quiz trails, make your own kite workshops and more. Learn about the history of kites and what they used to be used for and see demonstrations on how wind can be turned into electricity! WIND POWER QUIZ TRAIL Learn all about the power of wind with our fun quiz trail - try answering the questions following clues around the garden to help you and be entered into our prize draw. KITE WORKSHOP – recommended age range 5+ Don’t miss your chance to meet and work with the talented kite expert and enthusiast Michael Goddard. He will be running exciting kite workshops using lots of interesting and vibrant materials. You will learn about the beauty of kites and have the opportunity to assemble, decorate and fly their own creations. Michael says “It is a particularly rewarding experience to share the activity of making and flying kites with others. Working with children, students and artists in kite workshops helping them to construct their first airborne structure is a real delight”. STATIC KITE DISPLAY Here you will be lucky enough to see a magnificent display of kites from all corners of the world, such as beautifully painted Chinese and Japanese kites, 3D Indonesian kites and many others. Provided by kite expect Malcolm Goodman (whose vast collection is actually the largest private oriental kite collection in the world!) the display will also include information on the fascinating history of kites and how they fly. Having travelled all over the world to kite festivals he says “ Kite flying is a harmonious blend of culture, art and science and nearly everyone at sometime in their lives have found enjoyment and pleasure when flying a kite. Most still regard a kite as a children’s toy and know very little about its origins and fascinating history.” KITE FLYING DEMONSTRATIONS (weather permitting) Malcolm Goodman will also be filling the sky with wonderful kites including some unusual and astonishing designs such as Owl, Spirit, Tiger, Chinese Butterfly, Footballer’s legs and many more.
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dates: 07/03/2009 - 07/03/2009
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The veg season kicks off at Harlow Carr with a themed Open Day not to be missed by those interested in growing their own food. The day includes: talks by RHS experts, planting demonstrations, garden walks, fruit and veg exhibitors and lots of fun family activities, such as potato printing to inspire all ages to have a go at growing their own. Budding growers will learn to choose what to grow whatever space they have available. There will be lots of ideas to try as well as plenty of advice and tips!

ADVISORY STAND AND VEGETABLE DISPLAYS

Visit the Plant Centre and seek advice about growing vegetables from local expert and Broadcaster Joe Maiden and our own expert RHS Gardener Andrew Willocks.

THEMED FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Get the whole family involved with planting fruit and vegetables. Come and join in the fun with lots of themed crafts, games and potato printing aimed to keep both young and old entertained all day. (Crafts and games are suitable for aged 5 years and upwards).

WORKSHOPS

Book early for your chance to discover the joys of planting your own fruit and vegetables. Ideal for beginner gardeners our ‘Where to Start Workshops’ will guide you through the first steps and show you how to get how to get the ball rolling. There are three workshops including: how to plant an allotment, large garden or small patio.

WALKS

Upon arrival make sure you pick up a ticket and join our expert gardeners who will guide you around the RHS Kitchen Garden. They’ll be on hand during the walk to answer questions and offer gardening tips and advice.

DEMONSTRATION AND ADVICE

Visit the Teaching Greenhouse and take in the various displays. The RHS Gardeners will be on hand to demonstrate a variety of techniques, some of which include: learning how to grow potatoes and planting container pots.

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dates: 21/03/2009 - 21/03/2009
details: This event will provide advice and information on how to compost at home with an emphasis on worms and wormeries. Displays, talks and demonstrations will be on offer along with fun yet educational activities for families and children to take part in! WIGGLY WORM QUIZ TRAIL Follow the trail around the garden answering the questions as you go. Hand completed quizzes in at the Garden Entrance. Lucky winners will be notified after the event to come and collect a prize. WORMERY WORKSHOP Have fun making your own wormery to take home and watch the worms at work, turning your recycled plant waste into soil that can then be used in your garden! Bring your own jar – all other materials will be provided. (Will involve handling soil and worms) Suitable for children aged 7+ First come first served – drop in basis CHILDREN’S “WORM FUN” with Harrogate Library Go on this fun but informative trail with an RHS Gardener, looking for worms and identifying which worm is which! 11:30am & 2pm – first come first served – 20 children maximum, leaving from the main entrance steps. WORMERY DISPLAY A range of wormeries of all sizes will be on display with advice from Yorkshire Rotters’ about the best wormery and composting system for you to use at home. HARROGATE COUNCIL & THE YORKSHIRE ROTTERS Will be on site to give advice and information on why and how we should compost our waste at home. Normal garden admission applies FREE Parking Children under 6 go FREE!
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dates: 04/01/2009 - 04/01/2009
details: On Wednesday 1 April the RHS is inviting the public to come to Wisley to audition to become “The Voice of Wisley” - the nation’s most plant-friendly voice. The Royal Horticultural Society is conducting an experiment to test the effect of the voice on plant growth. Come to Wisley on 1 April and read a poem, story or nursery rhyme, or even sing. The melodic tones of ten individuals will be chosen to be played to plants over 30 days at Wisley. The idea that singing or talking to plants can help them grow has been widely documented. In 2007 for example South Korean scientist Mi-Jeong Jeong found that playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to rice plants encouraged quicker growth and blossoms to bloom earlier. Wisley gardener, Colin Crosbie, who looks after everything from the tiniest alpines to champion trees, says there is solid evidence to support the notion that certain sounds encourage plant growth. But now he wants to go one step further and identify the perfect voice for optimal plant growth. He explains: “We know that sounds of between 125Hz and 250Hz can affect gene expression in plants and help them grow but this has only been tested using music. We’re appealing to members of the public who would like to contribute to our experiment to find the best way to talk to your plants.” The study has far reaching implications for plant growers everywhere. “For the first time we will be able to advise people not only whether its worth talking to their plants but exactly how it should be done. We may even be able to standardise the practice by recording the perfect voice for those less confident in conversing with their plants.” The study comes as part of the RHS Grow your Own campaign encouraging people to plant more fruit and vegetables. Auditions will take place from 10am – 2pm. If you would like to come down and take part, turn up at Wisley Gardens’ Main Entranceand ask for directions to the “Voice of Wisley”. Standard entry fees apply: RHS Members Free, Adults £8.50, Children aged 6 – 16 £2. Groups of 10 or more from £6.50
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dates: 17/04/2009 - 19/04/2009
details: The best of Wales and the best of spring all rolled into one must-see show The gardening year starts here, so celebrate in style at this charming show, which has a real spring festival feel. There'll be inspirational show gardens, nature trails and loads of family fun. Everyone is welcome, so look out for local flavours, sights and sounds around every corner. Travelling to the show Rail Bute Park is a 15-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station. For detailed train information visit the National Rail Enquiries website or call 08457 484950 Car From the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland, take the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West, the approach is by M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by the M4. Upon arrival in the city, follow signs for Cardiff Castle and AA signs to the show. Parking is available in surrounding town centre pay and display car parks. Disabled visitors There will be a dedicated parking area for disabled visitors. Wheelchairs will be available for use at the show (limited availability). Attendants cannot be provided, but one companion is admitted free of charge per wheelchair user, visually impaired visitor or other person whose disability necessitates a carer. Catering A number of temporary catering units serve a selection of sandwiches, filled baguettes, hot snacks, tea and coffee and other soft drinks. Facilities There is a plant and product crèche service available on site where you can leave your purchases. The showground No animals admitted to the show, except for registered guide or assistance dogs. Please note that this is a temporary, outdoor event on open parkland and is subject to varying weather and ground conditions. Although some temporary trackway is laid, much of the event is on open ground and care must be taken. We therefore advise that you check the weather forecast for the day of your visit, consider the nature of the event and the effects of any inclement weather on surface conditions, and wear suitable clothing and footwear. In extreme weather conditions, access may be restricted in the interest of safety. Visitors will be subject to security searches.
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dates: 04/10/2009 - 14/04/2009
details: Don’t miss RHS Garden Rosemoor bursting into colour this Easter! Take the whole family for an inspirational walk amongst our bulb displays as they spring into glorious colour, enjoy seasonal treats from our delicious menus, get active with our Easter Egg trail and watch Easter chicks hatching!
This Easter at Rosemoor there will plenty to do for visitors of all ages: Follow the Easter Garden Trail and see the fabulous Easter flowers. Take part in a children’s painting competition. See baby chicks hatching live in an incubator in the Foyer on Tuesday 7 April (The hatching can usually be timed fairly well, but please be aware that the chicks may decide to be a little early or a little late!) You can either come and see them hatching live, or pay a visit afterwards to see them when they are looking cute and fluffy! Don’t forget about our Easter Egg Trail on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April (10am – 4pm). If you follow the Easter clues around the garden, you can win some chocolately treasure for yourself! Easter is also the time to get back outdoors and kick start your gardening. Gain some inspiration from Rosemoor’s plantings, and visit the Plant Centre’s new ranges to rejuvenate your own garden for spring!
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dates: 03/05/2009 - 03/05/2009
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There'll be a stunning range of beautiful plants from specialist local nurseries with a stunning range of beautiful plants including primroses, alpines, clematis, grasses, perennials, wildflowers and more. Advice on caring for plants and container planting demonstrations will also be available. Plant Heritage members will have their own plant stall.

Held in conjunction with The Yorkshire Group of Plant Heritage RECYCLE AND REUSE – please try to bring your own bags where possible to carry any plant purchases

MAKE A DAY OF IT – visit Bettys Café Tea Rooms and the RHS Shop & Plant Centre. Normal Garden entry fee applies: RHS Members (plus one guest) FREE, Adult £7.00, Child 6-16 £2.50, under 6’s FREE. Telephone 01423 565418 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

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dates: 19/05/2009 - 23/05/2009
details: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the ultimate event in the gardening year.

It sets the latest gardening trends, features the newest and most desirable gardening products and creates an explosion of colours and scents.

Cutting-edge garden design and thousands of perfect blooms; top growers and world class designers; scents and sights and shopping galore. Chelsea will be crammed with leading lights, big name designers and the spectacle you'd expect at the world’s greatest gardening event.

Don’t miss out on the gardening event of the year.

web: http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/shows/chelsea2009/
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