We were not aware that they were holding both a Plant Fair and a Craft Fair on the day of our visit. It was very interesting and we came away with some good planting ideas. The site had some areas roped off for compaction to be dealt with on the grass walkways, but this didn't detract from the enjoyment of the gardens. We had a cream tea in Betty's coffee shop, the queue was shorter than that in the town itself. The shop is stocked with a wide variety of books and gifts, but we were disappointed with the range of plants. I think we thought that for a RHS garden we would have found some more obscure plants, but only found what would be available in a local garden centre. All in all we spent an enjoyable 6 hours looking round.
Just a note if you take the bus to Harlow Carr and ask for a Heritage ticket, this entitles you to half price entry into the gardens. Our thanks to the lady in the Tourist Information Centre for passing on this tip.
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