Hartley Botanic and the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr were the hosts for a magical evening of gardening pleasure.
The RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr are situated ’a stone’s throw’ from Harrogate and provide a real treat for gardening enthusiasts.
The evening was a joint venture between Hartley Botanic and the RHS, and supplied the invited guests with some very special moments. Sharing the evening with them were the winning entrants of a recent RHS competition.
The evening began with a look at the Alpine House where participants heard from the Alpine Specialist, Kaye Griffiths. Her enthusiastic and knowledgeable talk was truly inspirational and was further enhanced by the beautiful setting. The Alpine House at Harlow Carr is impressive and creates a tailored environment for a multitude of alpine varieties both great and small.
The Garden Tour showed everyone why Harlow Carr is such a popular place to visit, with impressive vistas designed to please the eye. A breathtaking end to the tour was supplied by a dramatic sunset which graced the beautiful gardens.
The dedicated team from Harlow Carr, led by Liz Balmforth, and Hartley Botanic Staff were on hand to give advice and help.Returning to the ecologically friendly and architecturally beautiful Learning Centre, the audience were treated to scrumptious refreshments supplied by Betty’s Tearoom.
The evening was complete when each participant received a Hartley Goodie Bag as their souvenir of a memorable evening. Guests were then treated to a talk given by Matthew Biggs. The enlivened and upbeat talk on his approach to ‘Growing Under Glass’, couldn’t fail to hold the audience spellbound. He provided some real insight into the practicalities of cultivating under glass, with some very helpful tips. His humorous references added to the enjoyment.