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WIN: Turn soil troubles into a Harrogate show garden

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Clay glorious clay! Harrogate Flower Show director Nick Smith appeals for problem gardens for a new Spring 18 feature, Designed to Last, focusing on show garden solutions for everyday garden problems. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows
Clay glorious clay! Harrogate Flower Show director Nick Smith appeals for problem gardens for a new Spring 18 feature, Designed to Last, focusing on show garden solutions for everyday garden problems. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows

Be a ‘client’ for 2018 design teams and win £300 of plants

Show garden solutions to everyday problems will be on offer as the Harrogate Spring Flower Show get back to basics in 2018.

Whether it’s clay like concrete or soil that leaks moisture like a sieve, visitors will be able to see how even the most troublesome growing conditions can be the basis of a fabulous show garden.

Show organisers are offering £300-worth of plants for gardeners prepared to act as ‘clients’ for the design teams taking part.

The new spring attraction is called Designed to Last and will showcase four common growing conditions:

  • Dark and boggy
  • Hard clay
  • Exposed or dry
  • Bright and warm

The challenge will be for designers and landscapers to create a show garden that will provide ideas and inspiration for visitors to use at home.

“We have had some fabulous show gardens over the years, but they are often designed for optimum growing conditions. As we know, there are very few gardens with perfect soil, perfect drainage and a perfect aspect,” said show director Nick Smith.

“So, in addition to the usual show gardens along The Avenue, we want to challenge our design teams to take some of the conditions to be found in everyday gardens and turn them into a showstopper offering practical solutions, as well as inspiration.

“It would be great to be able to provide real-life examples of gardens with these common growing conditions, so we would like to hear from homeowners, who would like to see how their troublesome corner can be turned into a real treasure.”

The 2018 Spring Flower Show takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground from April 26-29. Full details of the Designed to Last challenge and how to take part are available on the website, https://www.flowershow.org.uk/take-part.

Also new for 2018 is The GREENhouse, exploring a topsy-turvy, inside-outside world where plants and flowers take over the living space, plus Secret Sheds, offering a different surprise behind each door from students, community groups and designers.

Tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday cost £18.50 when booked before Tuesday, April 17, £21 at the gate; Sunday costs £16.50 in advance, £19 on the gate. Parking is free and under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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