RHS to open first new garden in 17 years

Royal Horticultural Society is set to add another garden to their portfolio in 2020. Opening in the summer, RHS Garden Bridgewater in Greater Manchester, named after the historic Bridgewater canal, is set in the grounds of the former 19th century Worsley New Hall. Leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith will restore 11 acres of the Weston Walled Garden – one of the largest walled gardens in the country – and will encompass several large gardens, including a Wellbeing Garden, Orchard Garden and Bee & Butterfly Garden as well as a Chinese Streamside Garden.

Melissa Hackney, Group Sales and Marketing Manager said, “2020 is a huge year for the RHS as we see the opening of our first RHS Garden for over 17 years. RHS Garden Bridgewater will make the beauty of an RHS Garden accessible for even more visitors – in particular, those in the North West of England – who will be able to come and explore its treasures for themselves. Alongside our four existing gardens, we now have an even greater choice for groups who can visit year-round, with new developments including the opening of a brand new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at Wisely and the ongoing creation of the UK’s largest perennial meadow at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

“Our four gardens all enjoy Coach-Friendly Status and groups are hugely important to us. To these ends, we have a dedicated team for groups, and our mission is simple: to make every day for groups as memorable as possible at our gardens. In addition to benefiting from special rates, groups can also make the most of the optional extras that we can arrange, such as private tours and talks, or perhaps a picnic in the garden of a cream tea. We’re also delighted to be continuing to offer our ‘buy one, get one half price’ offer – where if you make a group booking to any of our RHS gardens, you receive a saving up to 50% on your second group visit taken between October 2020 and January 2021. We look forward to welcoming your group soon.”

Highlights at other RHS gardens, including events throughout 2020 are below:

RHS Garden Wisley: The historic home of the RHS

RHS Garden Wisley: The historic home of the RHS

Visitors to RHS Garden Wisley can now enjoy a fantastic new Welcome Building, which has transformed the arrival experience at the garden. The new welcome area includes a 100-seater restaurant, cafe, shop and a plant centre which offers a large variety of rare and unusual plants.

2020 events include:

20 – 22 March: Spring Plant Fair

29th April – 3 May:  Spring Craft Fair

15 August – 20 September: Surrey Sculpture Society Show

14 – 18 October: Taste of Autumn

5 December – 3 January: Glow Winter Illuminations

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: A hilltop haven in the heart of Essex

The RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex has undergone a complete transformation in recent years, giving visitors a brand-new experience to enjoy new areas, including the Global Growth Vegetable Garden and Winter Garden. Work continues on the creation of the Sky Meadow – which will become the UK’s largest perennial meadow.

2020 events include:

8 – 9 February: Early Spring Show

25 – 26 April: Plant Heritage Fair

7 – 10 May: May Craft Fair

6 – 21 June:  Rose Event

5 – 9 August: RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

21 – 24 August: Craft in Focus

12 – 13 September: House Plant Weekend

19 – 20 September:  Plant Heritage Fair

2 – 4 October: Taste of Autumn

1 – 11 October: Fruit Full Exhibition

RHS Garden Rosemoor: The Perfect Day Out for Groups

In 2020, RHS Garden Rosemoor will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a special Garden Party Weekend between 6-7 June.

2020 events include:

14 – 15 March: Spring Flower Festival

21 March: Alpine Garden Society Show

28 – 29 March: Wool & Yarn Fest

25 – 26 April: RHS National Rhododendron Show

1 – 3 May: Spring Design for Living Fair

9 – 10 May:  Plant Heritage Spring Fair

6– 7 June Rosemoor: 30 Anniversary Weekend

26- 28 June: Rose Weekend

1 – 2 August – NEW: Rosemoor August Festival

8 – 9 August: Community Garden Fete and Local Produce Show

14 – 16 August: RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show

29 – 30 August: Artisan Food Fair

4 – 6 September: Autumn Design for Living Fair

19 – 20 September: Gardenalia Sale

25 – 27 September: Real Ale & Gin Fest

3 – 4 October: Apple Festival

9 – 11 October:  Autumn Woodfest Weekend

Selected dates November – January:  Rosemoor Glow

Mid-November – End of January:  Winter Sculpture Exhibition

27 – 29 November: Christmas Craft Fair

12 – 13 December: Magic of Christmas Food & Craft Fair

RHS Garden Harlow Carr: Yorkshire’s Must-Visit Garden

RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s Streamside Garden, which runs the length of the garden and is one of the longest in the country, will be expanded for 2020.

2020 events include: 

2 – 3 May: Spring Gardening Weekend

26 – 28 June:  RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

11 – 12 July: National Sweet Pea Show

4 – 5 July: Clematis weekend

1 – 2 August: Orchid weekend

Music Sundays – afternoons in July and August

Selected dates November – December: Glow illuminations

For bookings/further enquiries please contact customer services on 020 7821 3170, via email or visit the RHS website.