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Gardens join Harlow Carr in celebrating anniversaries and achievement.

Gardens join Harlow Carr in celebrating anniversaries and achievement.

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When Alan Titchmarsh visited RHS Garden Harlow Carr this summer to open the Flower Show in June he was not the only birthday guest.  As well as the 70th anniversary of RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, 2019 also sees two other significant anniversaries for Gardens in our area. 

The sensory garden at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough this year turns 21, but continues to grow as a community centre not only for those with a variety of disabilities, but to their families as well as residents and visitors to the town.

Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre is a charity in the heart of Knaresborough. It enables people living with disabilities to discover their talents in its arts and crafts workshops, including horticulture, to promote life and social skills. The Centre features a Woodland walk, with sculptures, art, scented plants and water features.  Henshaws welcomes over 180 Art Makers each week to its workshops and space where they can have independence in their lives. 

Henshaws Art Maker, Sam, sums this up better than we can put it.  “Coming to the centre has made a big difference to my life. If I wasn’t here I would be stuck at home. I have a choice here and more freedom. I can decide what I want to do.”

The Kitchen Garden at the Ripon Workhouse Museum marks its tenth year since Ripon Museum Trust brought it back to life with a careful restoration project.

The Ripon Workhouse Kitchen Garden recreates a working garden in the 1890s from the layout of the beds to varieties grown in the garden and methods used to grow them. The museum garden has been so successful that it has supplied local restaurants in Ripon with its produce.  The kitchen garden is cared for by a dedicated band of volunteers who are renowned across Ripon for their enthusiasm and period dress, under the guidance of Garden Leader, Catherine Baxter.

These two distinctive Gardens joined the team for celebrations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr – one of the RHS’ five gardens across the country where the RHS not only display the art and science of horticulture but also teach and research its advancement.  The gardens at Harlow Carr feature not only showcase beds and collections, but also trials of new techniques and specimens, with horticultural trainees and apprentices always working around the site and answering questions about the gardens from the thousands of visitors each year.  Harlow Carr also places a strong emphasis on nature and wildlife, and includes a beehive maintained by the Harrogate and Ripon Bee Keeping Association.

The three teams met at Harlow Carr not only to celebrate their individual birthdays, but also ever growing numbers of gardens across the area that are building on the remarkable gardening heritage in the Harrogate district. 

In different but significant ways, each of these gardens demonstrates what gardens and gardening can offer; be it specialising in horticulture itself or learning about plants and nature, social wellbeing and development or in looking back and learning about our history and heritage.

Staff from these two distinctive gardens joined members of the team from the RHS at Harlow Carr in front of the 70th Birthday cake created by Bettys of Harrogate, to celebrate the achievements of each garden and the opportunities each in future years. 

All three of these gardens, and the many more across Harrogate, are open to visit throughout the summer, see our Gardens pages for more.

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