The Garden Landscape Guide

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Harlow Carr is well-planted but has more of the character of a public park than a well-designed garden. However, this may be set to change now the garden has come under RHS ownership since the merger with the Northern Horticultural Society in 2001. RHS Garden Harlow Carr is set in a valley. There is a woodland garden, a herbaceous garden, rock, bog and alpine gardens.

Head Gardener's Comment

Enjoy some of the best horticulture in Yorkshire, 364 days a year, at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate. The 58 acre garden has many seasonal highlights including the UK’s longest streamside garden, woodland, wildflower meadows, perennial borders and kitchen garden. Spend a spontaneous morning visit enjoying the best of the season and gathering planting tips. Or make a day of it with friends or family. • Have a coffee or lunch in the famous Bettys Café and Tearoom • Find inspiration for your garden at home from Harlow Carr’s planting schemes • A great day out with the grandchildren • Workshops are run throughout the year, learn new skills such as willow weaving • A garden of surprises from sculpture to inspirational planting • Varied landscapes including: woodland, streamside and wildflower meadows • Over 18,000 taxa, including rare species such as Davidia, Oxydendrum and Stewartia, and some of the latest modern cultivars. • Extensive alpine collection • Excellent displays of Rhododendrons and Camellias in the woodland • Fantastic bookshop On site facilities include the famous Bettys tearoom, picturesque seating spots throughout the garden, wildlife hides and children’s activities during school holidays. The Plant Centre at Harlow Carr stocks some of the latest new plants, as well as fruits trees and mature shrubs. Throughout the year Harlow Carr runs many workshops and courses, and hosts specialist plant society shows and fairs, so there is plenty to expand your knowledge and provide take home inspiration. There is even an on-site Garden Library for those who wish to delve deeper.


In 2001 the RHS merged with the Northern Horticultural Society (NHS). As part of the merger the RHS aquired Harlow Carr Garden in North Yorkshire. The NHS was founded in 1946, and Harlow Carr opened in 1950. In the 19th century, following the discovery of sulphurous springs, a Bath House had been built on the site. The NHS converted this building into a Study Centre and Library, which is still used today. The garden has been the setting for a series of model gardens representing different styles in garden history built as part of the BBC TV series "Gardens through Time" in 2004.

Plants of note

Perennial & Mixed Borders Grasses & Mediterranean Borders Woodland Wildflower Meadow and Arboretum Rock Gardens and Alpines Scented Gardens Foliage Gardens Rose Border Kitchen Gardens

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, HG3 1QB

The Garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March – October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Visit the RHS Garden Harlow Carr website

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  • almost 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Very nice, varied and big garden. Always something new to explore. Family and disable friendly.
  • almost 3 years by John Hawkins 1 / 5

    I visited RHS Harlow Carr two weks ago June 2013 and to say I was dissapointed and left with a bad taste in my mouth is an understatement. The issue at Harlow is the entrance and exit. Their customer skills were abrupt and belittling. They have this reputation locally as well when I asked having spent a week in that area of Yorkshire. This was my first experience of the much vaunted RHS gardens: my advice if you wish to be insulted and pay for the privlige go to RHS Harlow Carr.
  • almost 4 years by Dave 4 / 5

    Excellent morning walking through the garden beds.
    Highlight must be the stream planting and the willow fences.
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    My husband and I recently visited visited the new and improved Harlow Carr Gardens. What a treat! We both had such a wonderful time walking around and looking at the beautiful place.
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    What a transformation! You would never recognise it from 5 years ago!
  • over 7 years by Deborah McMillin- Virginia Beach, Virginia USA 1 / 5

    My husband David & I, visited Harlow Carr on 9/22/2007. See my review on our website. Additional photos that my husband took of the garden can be found under the Photo Archive.

    Visits to garden centres, Holehird and RBG of Edinburgh, can also be accessed on this website.

    If you have any comments, my e-mail address is on the website. I am looking forward to a return visit to Britain in 2009 and new places to visit. I may do an update on my favorites from this trip.

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Streamside. Photograph © RHS/Steve Gosling
Rose Revolution Borders. Photograph © RHS/Matthew Wilson