We walked up to Harlow Carr from Harrogate through the Valley Gardens and the Pine Woods, which made a lovely walk. It isn't far, maybe three quarters of an hour, and easy walking on good, well marked paths. Worth it to see the Valley gardens, so beautifully kept by the local authority.
Harlow Carr itself is lovely, as are all the RHS gardens. We loved the "gardens through time" series of small gardens, and we also loved the scented garden and the wild flower meadow. The woods are beautiful too. The vegetable garden was a bit disappointing, but probably because there's a fair bit of re-doing going on.
Only one thing dismayed us, the unspeakably ugly new "learning centre", which has to be one of the most hideous small buildings we'd ever seen, and which ruins the view to that side of the gardens.
Ignoring that one horror, there is a good plant centre, an excellent shop, with lots of good ideas for presents, and when you've exhausted yourself with walking (especially if you do walk from Harrogate) Betty's have a tearoom where you can buy good tea and buns.
And if you can't find the energy to do the walk back into Harrogate, there is an excellent bus service from Harlow Carr.
A great day out, lots of gardening inspiration.
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