RHS Garden Harlow Carr

It was Good Friday, the start of the Easter weekend so a day out was required to divert the housemate from the tedium of the daily grind. As an apprentice OAP I am now able  to visit gardens and stately homes, something I have managed to avoid over the preceding 40 odd years of my formative years. So we set off towards Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Harlow Carr. Yes, I know it was a Bank Holiday and would therefore be busy and full of kids, but when needs must ……

I thought I would start off with a pic of the garden shed just because we walked through this to get to the Gardens Through Time section, hence the ancient implements. I was amazed by the lawn shears.

Grandfather's garden shed

The garden shed

There were still daffodils to be seen…

and note the blue sky

Daffodils in abundance

and primoses….


Predominately white

Predominately white

There were rhododendrums, white pink and red….


There were trees, plenty of them and some were very fine specimens. I dont know what they are, but love the outlines…


One of the more exotic plants we came across was mentioned recently by New Hampshire Garden Solutions in Spring Runoff . Just shows that sometimes, even with the Atlantic in between, Spring is Spring in the northern hemisphere. I hope these are the plants mentioned – Skunk Cabbage – Lysichiton Americanum – we did not try to eat them!

Some more great trees….

The ornamental bark is on a Tibetan cherry tree and looks so good you need to touch and feel it!

I couldn’t resist this mallard, although it has nothing to do with gardens……

Male Mallard duck posing

Male Mallard duck posing

And the housemate posing with the garden’s link to the forthcoming visit by the Tour de France later in the year –

This scarecrow doesn't intend to hang about!

This scarecrow doesn’t intend to hang about!

Finally, this garden was the cream of the crop at the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is a quirky take on the classic dish of ‘Rhubarb Crumble and Custard’

Rhubarb crumble and custard

Rhubarb crumble and custard

I hope you enjoy!


4 thoughts on “RHS Garden Harlow Carr

  1. Thank you for the mention. I think what you thought were skunk cabbage are actually cuckoo pint plants (Arum maculatum), which are the European version of our Jack in the pulpit. All three are in the arum family and are closely related. Cuckoo pint goes by many other names, some of which, according to Wikipedia, are snake’s head, adder’s root, arum, wild arum, arum lily, lords-and-ladies, devils and angels, cows and bulls, cuckoo-pint, Adam and Eve, bobbins, naked boys, starch-root, wake robin, friar’s cowl, and jack in the pulpit.
    I’m very glad that I became a gardener long after those lawn shears went out of fashion!


    • Thanks for your comment. Sorry, I should have said western skunk cabbage.This is a botanical garden and I just went by the plant label – lysichiton americanum – and while looking for a common name came across the Wikipedia entry which said it is also called western skunk cabbage. The flower spike and the spathe were definitely bright yellow and I think cuckoo pint is more purple and pale green?
      Those lawn shears looked as if they were made by a blacksmith and I thought you would need blacksmith’s arms to use them!


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