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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018: Designed to Last

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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

At last! Show gardens to fix common garden problems

Three gardens from Yorkshire have been to chosen to challenge landscaper, Nicholas Fryer, to come up with show garden solutions to fix the problem plots.

The new Designed to Last gardens will focus on boggy soil, heavy clay and an exposed/dry aspect.

The designs are based on real gardens, tended by Susan Hibbert, from Scarcroft, near Leeds; Judy Preston, from Harrogate and Helen Plowman, from Filey.

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018Heavy clay soil

Judy moved to a new build a few months ago and was excitedly planning her garden until she discovered the soil was very heavy clay.

Susan uncovered what she now calls ‘Dingley Dell’ during a big tidy up at the bottom of her garden, and Helen’s seafront holiday home must withstand the full force of North Sea winds.

Show director Nick Smith said: “Show gardens are an incredibly popular feature but they are often designed for perfect growing conditions.

Spring 2017 Harrogate Flower Show show garden, A Spring Tapestry, by Alistair W Baldwin Associates. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows
Spring 2017 Harrogate Flower Show show garden, A Spring Tapestry, by Alistair W Baldwin Associates. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows

‘Practical solutions to stand the test of time’

“As we know, there are very few gardens with perfect soil, perfect drainage and a perfect aspect, so we wanted to showcase practical solutions with gardens that are designed to stand the test of time.”

Each of the gardeners will receive £300 worth of plants to help them get started on their new gardens after the show, which runs from April 26-29, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Tickets: Thursday, Friday, Saturday £18.50 when booked before Tuesday, April 17, £21 on the gate; Sunday £16.50 in advance, £19 on the gate. Parking is free. 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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