Sunday, November 28, 2021

Mosaic Monday #157: Harlow Carr Garden

Visiting gardens is a favorite activity when we travel to the UK, and our recent trip was no exception.  Often, the gardens are a feature of a historic home we are touring, but in this case, Royal Horticulture Society Garden Harlow Carr is a destination in its own right.  The Garden has grown to 58 acres; originally, the Society leased 26 acres of mixed woodland, pasture and arable land at Harlow Hill from Harrogate Corporation, and opened the Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens in 1950. 

The gardens stand on what was once part of the Forest of Knaresborough, an ancient Royal hunting ground.  Springs of sulphur water were discovered here in 1734 but development of the site as a spa did not take place for more than 100 years. 

In 1840, Henry Wright, the owner of the estate, cleaned out and protected one of the wells and four years later built a hotel and bath house.  The hotel known as the Harrogate Arms and the land surrounding it was acquired by the RHS in 2014.  The wellheads in front of the bath house (at one time six wells were in use) were capped off but remain beneath the present Limestone Rock Garden.  The guide to garden noted that at certain times the smell of sulphur in this area is quite distinct, although it was not on the day of our visit.

Sitting in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, Royal Horticulture Society Garden Harlow Carr offers a variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water, to woodland and wildflower meadows.  Highlights include the lavish Main Borders, bursting with generous prairie-style planting, and the lush, moisture-loving plants around Streamside.

The Four Seasons, an extraordinary collection of busts inspired by the seasons and created by contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas, were on display throughout the grounds.  Somehow, I missed one of them!

One building housed only alpine plants, and I was fascinated to see many of the families of plants that populate Montana mountains.

Although much of the garden was past its prime during our visit in early November, we still encountered plenty to enjoy.

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  1. ...England has a long history of gardening, it's a place that I'd like to visit. Thanks Angie for hosting the party each week.

  2. This garden is indeed famous. It must have been a great pleasure to visit this place with all the plants and different Ressorts.

    Thank you for sharing, Angie. I enjoyed very much.

    Happy MosaicMonday

  3. So many amazing things, beauty everywhere!

  4. British gardens are amazing. I've only seen them in pictures and films though. It was nice you could be there in person again. - Margy

  5. I enjoyed my visit to Harlow Carr Garden through your blog post, Angie! What a beautiful, interesting, and historical place--all rolled into one. Your photos are wonderful!

  6. I'm so glad you're showing us more of your trip to the UK. I love visiting British Gardens, and Harlow Carr looks lovely, even in late autumn.

  7. Hello Angie,
    Thank you for sharing your visit to the Harlow Carr gardens. Gorgeous plants and blooms. I like the cool garden art too. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

  8. How absolutely wonderful. Happy Monday and have a good week


  9. What a lovely garden! I'm impressed with the 3D rendition of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's paintings of the seasons!

  10. Lots of flora and fauna to enjoy. Gardens are always a pleasant stroll, where ever you are in the world.

  11. PS: Thank you for hosting, Angie, your efforts are appreciated.

  12. How nice that there were still lots of flowers blooming and to see some you recognized from where you live! What an awesome place! Happy MM!

  13. Beautiful garden and a surprising amount of floral color for November, as you say! In our tiny bit (comparatively) of English Garden experience, the lovely flowers and public gardens in London were one of the things I will always treasure, especially because for us they were such an unexpected and wonderful addition to the wonders we planned to see!

  14. It's November and the garden is still full of flowers. Amazing!

  15. Oh yes, dear Angie,
    when we are in the UK or Ireland we always like to visit gardens, too. British gardening is something very special, very artistic.
    Hmmmmmmm, strange, where was the fourth of the Four Seasons hiding ;-DDD In any case, I'm thrilled that so many flowering plants showed up here so late in autumn!
    Best wishes from Traude

    1. Dear Angie, I have another post for you :-D

  16. Such a beautiful and elegant garden grounds! Looks like a lovely place to spend the afternoon. :)

  17. Hi Angie, it sounds like a wonderful garden to visit. Thanks for sharing with us :-)

  18. Be still my beating heart! How joyous to wander around such a beautiful place, Angie, and soak in all the gorgeousness. The Four Seasons busts are incredible.

  19. Those 4 seasons busts make a statement. I'm still happy for you that you could make this trip. I trust you had a good Thanksgiving. Are you decorating for Christmas yet?

  20. Thank you for sharing your visit to the Harlow Carr gardens Angie, I enjoyed seeing them. Good there was still so much colour to see too.

    Take care, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan