The RHS has announced that gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh is to open the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show at 10.30am on 21 June. This is to mark 70 years of the North Yorkshire garden.The RHS Ambassador and Vice-President, who celebrated his 70th birthday on 2 May, will give a talk about his life in horticulture. As well as putting the final touches to a floral cake to open the show.
The Northern Horticultural Society leased the land for RHS Garden Harlow Carr from the Harrogate Corporation in 1949 and the garden opened to the public in 1950. Once a blank canvas of fields and unkempt woodland, it is now one of the finest gardens in the country, welcoming around 450,000 visitors a year.
“Harlow Carr has been special to me since the 1960s when I first visited it as a gardening apprentice from Ilkley. It has always occupied a special place in my heart as a glorious garden close to where I was born and grew up. I’m thrilled to be back and sharing a birthday with one of the country’s finest gardens!”
The Harlow Carr Flower Show, now in its fourth year, will run from 21-23 June. To celebrate the anniversary the garden will host a summer ‘SevenTea’ & cake celebration during the show. Visitors can taste a variety of herbal teas and find out more about the health and wellbeing benefits of ‘taking tea’ and its role in bringing people together.
Celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley will create a giant cake from a selection of seasonal flowers and give floral demonstrations. Visitors can also enjoy talks by the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Also Caroline Smith, daughter of former curator and one of the earliest TV gardeners Geoffrey Smith, will share her childhood memories of growing up at Harlow Carr. There is also the chance to see a collection of 12 paintings by Yorkshire artist-in-residence Anita Bowerman who spent the last year painting the garden through the seasons using natural materials such as twigs and moss. The full collection will be on display for the first time.