Harris Open Gardens

A wonderful, all-year-round space, with 12 acres of research and teaching gardens.

White flowers

01 January 0001


For all enquiries, please get in touch with us by email at opengardens@redcross.org.uk

We hope this garden will re-open in the future. Please keep checking this page for more details.


Harris Gardens
The Large Bank is planted with shrubs, many of Mediterranean origin. The Green Border also contains shrubs – arranged to show the diversity of foliage texture and greens. The Orchard contains a collection of ornamental crab apples. New Wood, in the centre of the Harris Garden, consists of three rectangular blocks of young, mainly native trees. Sixty-thousand bulbs give colour from February to May. The Cherry Bowl boasts Japanese flowering cherries. Make sure you also explore the Red Border, Woodland Garden, Jungle Garden, Conifer Circle and Herbaceous Border.

Plants will be on sale and volunteers will serve delicious homemade cakes and tea.


Event information


University of Reading


Take Pepper Lane, off Shinfield Road, A327 or come via Wilderness Road off the A329. Follow signs to university, then internal signs to the garden.


  • Refreshments
  • Plant stall
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • Toilets
  • No dogs allowed