Royal Horticultural Society Garden Harlow Carr

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Address and contact details
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB, UK
Tel: 0845 265 8070
Fax: 01423 530663
Web site:
Latitude: 53° 56' 55" N
Longitude: 1° 34' 23" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1950 - RHS merged with the Northern Horticultural Society in 2001
Ownership:Royal Horticultural Society
Garden code:HARR
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director of Horticulture:Tim Upson
Curator:Paul Cook
Plant Records Officer:Peter Fenton
Contact person:Paul Cook (
Total Staff:70
Total Horticultural Staff:23 + 3 trainees
Physical environment
Altitude:150 m
Soil type:Clay, acid
Total area:27.5 ha
Other sites of collection:RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Rosemoor
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:9 °C
Av. monthly max:19.4 °C
Av. monthly min:-1.9 °C
Absolute maximum:30 °C
Absolute minimum:-14.4 °C
Strength:Above average
Average annual:813 mm
Month of maximum:January
Month of minimum:August
Plant collection
Special genera within the collections:
Special collections:
Dryopteris, National Collection – 14 Species, 43 Taxa, 112 Accessions, 126 Plants
Fuchsia (Sect Quelsia) National Collection – 7 Species, 55 Taxa, 73 Accessions, 84 Plants
Rheum, National Collection – 15 Species, 115 Taxa, 125 Accessions, 228 Plants
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:BG-Base
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Library:Yes. Open Daily: 11am – 4pm including Bank Holidays
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden guide, The Garden
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for members. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary and secondary, colleges and adult eduction
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:Friends of Harlow Carr
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:300,000 +
Public opening hours:Open every-day (except Christmas Day) 9.30am-6pm (4pm Nov-Feb inclusive)
Guiding principles behind the collection
The garden aims to grow plants suitable for cultivation in northern England.
Location map

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