Winter illuminations shed a whole new light on Harrogate’s Harlow Carr gardens

WINTER WONDERLAND: Lighting effects bring a touch of colour to RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
WINTER WONDERLAND: Lighting effects bring a touch of colour to RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
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THEY are two of the country’s finest gardens – and both are set to be enjoyed in a whole new light this festive season.

Special lighting effects at RHS Garden Harlow Carr have brought a touch of colourful magic to Harrogate, while more than a million twinkling lights will illuminate London’s Kew Gardens.

The Glow trail around Harlow Carr opened last night and trees, shrubs and garden highlights such as the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as they have never seen them before.

Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr Liz Thwaite said: “It’s a chance to see Harlow Carr in a whole new light, quite literally, as we put the spotlight on some of the garden’s best features.

“The ever-popular Winter Walk with its fiery red and orange stems promises to look stunning illuminated by hi-tech, colour-changing lighting, while the reflection of lights in and around the lake is set to double the visual impact. So wrap up warm, bring the family and make some magical Christmas memories.”

The winter attraction will see the garden open until 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until December 30.

At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a new trail will also light up the gardens, with an “ethereal spectacle” of light and sound at Kew’s lake, a mesmerising fire corridor and a show-stopping Palm House finale.

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