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RHS Harlow Carr is one of several public gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society and was acquired when the RHS merged with the Northern Horticultural Society. The latter opened Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens in 1950 having leased 26 acres of woodland, arable land and pasture at Harlow Hill from Harrogate Corporation - primarily to see how plants would get on in northern climes! Many developments have taken place since the merger between the RHS and NHS and Harlow Carr is a stunning place to visit. Beautiful gardens include a rhododendron glade, annual meadows themed with willow woven sculptures, an alpine house, woodland, hedgehog street - plus there's a shop, plant centre and an elegant tea room run by Betty’s of Harrogate.