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An afternoon exploring the gardens of Harrogate

A popular way to spend a day in Harrogate is to visit two of our most beautiful gardens. Starting with the majestic Valley Gardens in the centre of town with its seasonal displays of colourful blooms and then take a stroll to the 58 acre showcase of RHS splendour that is the garden at Harlow Carr where you will find a Betty’s Tea Room and Café to reward you for your walk.

VG blog from crowdriff

The main entrance to Valley Gardens, opposite the Royal Pump Room Museum, takes you into 17 acres of award winning English Heritage Grade II listed park-land with immaculate floral displays, intriguing themed gardens, children’s play area and sporting activities.

Valley Gardens blog from crowdriff

Promenade through the palisades like the Victorian gentry, see how many of the 36 mineral wells you can find, visit the incredible dahlia display, wander through the Japanese Garden, and enjoy the spectacular, colourful flowerbeds.

Then take the path through the pinewoods for approximately half an hour to reach your second horticultural treat – RHS Harlow Carr. Make sure that you have plenty of time to enjoy the relaxing surroundings and explore the diversity of planting from herbaceous borders to raised beds in the kitchen garden.

Spring bulbs at RHS Harlow Carr

Wander along the stream and around the lake, explore the alpine house, the kitchen garden and the sub-tropical garden. The expert gardeners are very friendly and happy to answer any questions regarding the plants they care for or about your own gardening issues. Whether you want an enjoyable day out with a walk surrounded by beautiful scenery or inspiration for your garden look no further than the delights of Harlow Carr.

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