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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018: show gardens

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A New Zealand Story Garden. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
A New Zealand Story Garden. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

Designs that inspire and you can actually achieve

Still my favourite gardening event, Harrogate Spring Flower Show runs from April 26-29, and its show gardens are truly an inspiration.

Taking centre stage on The Avenue, designers come up with ideas that you can achieve at home, unlike some other shows I could mention…

Before my full preview later this week, here are the seven stars this spring:

Garden of Life, St Michael's Hospice. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
Garden of Life, St Michael’s Hospice. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

Garden of Life, St Michael’s Hospice

This circular garden is designed to be a haven of care, comfort and support. At its heart is the Tree of Life, a sculpture of oak, iroko and cedar, crafted and donated to the charity by Haresign Bespoke.

Saint Michael’s will be inviting visitors to the garden to dedicate a personalised leaf on the Tree of Life to remember a loved one.

Tranquil Yorkshire Garden, Askham Bryan College. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
Tranquil Yorkshire Garden, Askham Bryan College. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

Tranquil Yorkshire, Askham Bryan College

Set against green and purple planting, this garden is designed to be an oasis of tranquillity. An arbour provides a moment of respite and reflection as a rustic, recycled sleeper path leads the eye to a Yorkshire Rose paved feature.

The path is inter-planted with fragrant chamomile, while chocolate vines cover an obelisk and willow wigwam, with a hand-crafted gate finish the design.

A New Zealand Story, Hadean-Creation (main picture)

  • Category: Professional
  • Size: 9m x 8m
  • Designer: Hadean-Creation

This abstract design commemorates the end of World War One, honouring New Zealanders who fought and died in the conflict, using poetry and Maori tribal words to highlight its message.

Arches with laser-cut images provide scale, while a feature timber footpath leads the eye along the design. New Zealand native planting combines to create a contrast of lush greens, striking reds and browns.

Mills to Moors Garden, Kirklees Council. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
Mills to Moors Garden, Kirklees Council. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

Mills to Moors, Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire

This garden takes you from the manufacturing history of West Yorkshire’s mill towns to the dramatic landscape of the surrounding countryside.

Designed by volunteers, residents, primary schools and council employees, native trees and plants, in shades of purple, bronze and gold, highlight the beauty of moorland, highlighted by a flowing water feature.

All Characters Great & Small Garden, Horticap. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
All Characters Great & Small Garden, Horticap. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

All Characters Great & Small, Horticap Ltd

  • Category: Community Spirit
  • Size: 8m x 6m
  • Designer: Horticap Ltd, www.horticap.org

The scene is set with iconic Yorkshire landmarks and well-known characters from across the region, hand-crafted by students and staff at Horticap.

Planting consists of seasonal perennials, shrubs and trees, with an interactive quiz to encourage audience participation.

Eden Garden, Yorkshire Garden Designs. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
Eden Garden, Yorkshire Garden Designs. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

Eden, Yorkshire Garden Designs

Inspired by the Garden of Eden, this design aims to create a perfectly balanced ecosystem which will go to a permanent home at Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.

Flowing freeform walling creates stone streams with water spouts to represent the four biblical rivers. Planting inspiration is taken from the Bible with flowers, fruits and edible herbs to feed human inhabitants, while insect friendly and aquatic plants maintain the garden’s ecosystem.

The Garden of Translucence, Colour Your Garden. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show
The Garden of Translucence, Colour Your Garden. Picture; Harrogate Flower Show

The Garden of Translucence, Colour Your Garden

This garden is a reminder that architecture of all sizes can be light and translucent, as 10 steel mesh columns give structural presence, the layering effect altering opacity and density, blurring the boundaries of mass and space.

Clipped cubes contrast with soft grasses and dashes of perennial colour. A multi-stem evergreen tree provides a contrast to the pillars, while four cubes of bubbling water animate the space.

Show information

  • Where: The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ.
  • When: Thursday, April 26-Saturday April 28, 9.30am-5.30pm; Sunday, April 29, 9.30am-4.30pm.
  • Tickets: Order online before Tuesday, April 17 to get a £2.50 discount. Full price at the gate Thursday-Saturday £21, Sunday £19. Students £10.50, under 16s free.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Shuttle bus: Every 20 minutes from Harrogate bus station, Station Parade (next to rail station) to and from the showground. There is a charge, no concessions.
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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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