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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Harrogate, North Yorks

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One of the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). A 58 acre garden in an area called Harlow; Carr (or Car which is a middle English word, derived from Norse, meaning land reclaimed from bog). It was established in 1950 by Colonel Charles Grey as a showcase for northern gardeners and became part of the RHS in 2001.

Autumn Colour  John Sparshatt 

It is at 550ft (167m) above sea level and set in a shallow valley divided by Harlow Beck, which forms the spectacular Streamside Garden. It's an exposed site although has a temperature range of between 11C to +30C but has an annual average temperature of +7C which means frosts sometimes can continue into early June. It's rainfall can exceed 1m a year, and this combination has added to problems of water logging which means that drainage is a constant consideration. The rock underlying the garden is millstone grit.

It is the longest streamside garden in the UK but also has a woodland, arboretum and a lake.

The highlights  of the garden include:

  • Gardens through Time a collection of 7 small gardens spanning 200 years. Each garden displaying some of the most popular garden features and techniques of the period it represents. From the Regency period through to the modern contemporary garden of 2004 they show something different and how gardens have differed over time.

Winter Garden

Scented Garden

Foliage Garden

Kitchen Garden

Herb Garden

Rose Revolution Borders

Ornamental Grasses Border -this area shows off lots of different ornamental grasses.

Broadwalk & Main Borders

Winter Walk

The Queen Mothers Lake

Winter Heathers  Colin Smith 

  • Streamside extends the full length of the garden running along the edge of the woodland and is full of colour throughout spring and summer with the different plants here.

  • Woodland

  • Wildflower meadow & bird hide, where Cowslips, primroses and snakeshead fritillaries bloom in spring, whilst spotted orchids, ragged robin and knapweed can be seen in summer. The meadow attracts many birds and these can be viewed from the bird hide, and is good for butterflies and other insects.

  • Arboretum

  • Humus-rich Terraces

  • Annual & perennial displays

  • Alpine Houses

  • Children's Playground & Model Village. This is next to the study centre and an added interest for children.

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorks

Ceremonial County: Yorkshire

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorks

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Getting there:

From the A61 take the B6162 for half a mile, turn into Crag Lane on the right.




Free parking on site (400 spaces)


Gift Shop, Plant centre, cafe, book shop. 200 benches sited around the garden at regular intervals. Picnic areas.

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Crag Lane


North Yorks




01423 565418

Opening times:

Daily All year except Christmas day: 9.30am-5pm

Last entry 1 hour before closing


RHS Members + 1 family guest Free.

Adults 7.50; Children (6-16) 3; Under 6 FREE

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Special Needs Access: All buildings accessible to wheelchairs, except study centre library when being used. Gardens are accessible, however it is a sloping site and some areas are quite steep. Some surface paths are pebbles.
Special Needs Facilities: Designated car parking spaces near garden entrance. Manual wheelchairs, and 3 motorised wheelchairs available. Adapted toilets at main entrance and at cafe, also in the gardens.
Children Facilities: Playground and model village
Dogs Allowed: Registered Assistance dogs only

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