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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018: Secret Sheds

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From drab shed to tropical paradise - Fiona Fisk (Floral Pavilion Co-ordinator) unlocks the new Secret Sheds attraction. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows
From drab shed to tropical paradise - Fiona Fisk (Floral Pavilion Co-ordinator) unlocks the new Secret Sheds attraction. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows

Can your gardening group win a cash prize?

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018Community and gardening groups across the north are being invited to share their skills and secrets with visitors at this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

A new attraction at the show, which runs from April 26-29, will feature a series of Secret Sheds each containing a different display or message.

Full-size show gardens are a massive undertaking to plan and finance, so the sheds come with just a 2m x 2m plot to help set the scene. It means groups can get their message across without having to be a Chelsea-level designer.

Visitors won’t find out the message until they open the shed door and there are prizes of £300, £200 and £100 for the top three entries.

Bringing an organisation’s story to life

Show director Nick Smith said: “Gardens have always been a great way to get across a message or a theme, and many organisations have taken the opportunity to highlight their work by creating a show garden to bring their story to life.

“A full-sized show garden can be a big undertaking, so we are introducing the new concept of Secret Sheds as an exciting way to surprise and engage our visitors.

“Behind the door of each shed will be a unique display and story, which should be great fun for everyone.”

Any community groups or organisations who would like to take part can find more details at www.flowershow.org.uk/take-part.

 

Harrogate shows always attract the crowds
Harrogate shows always attract the crowds

Also new this year is The GREENhouse, a topsy-turvy world where plants and flowers take over the living space, and Designed to Last, offering show garden solutions to common problem growing conditions.

The spring flower show hosts Britain’s biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers, as well as displays by nearly 100 top UK plant nurseries.

Ticket details

Tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday cost £18.50 when booked before Tuesday, April 17, £21 on 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.

Harrogate Flower Shows are organised and run by the North of England Horticultural Society.

Profits from the twice-yearly shows go back to the charity to help support community gardening activities across the region.

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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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