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Harrogate Spring Flower Show preview 2018

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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

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, April 26-29

The Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows are the highlights of my gardening year, rated the best horticultural events in the country by Which?.

One of the best things is if you’re planning to buy plants or sundries, you’ll probably cover the cost of your ticket with special show deals (especially if you go for the sell-off on Sunday).

Take home the latest in design ideas from the show gardens on The Avenue (see my in-depth report here) and the Designed to Last gardens, fixing common gardening problems (take a closer look here).

A new feature this year is Secret Sheds (you’ll find more on this here).

This year’s theme – the GREENhouse

Visitors can look forward to topsy-turvy, inside out inspiration with a series of spectacular new rooms where plants and flowers take over the living space.

The GREENhouse blurs the lines between house and garden, creating a home infused with nature complete with living wallpaper, cascading flower shower, a bed of herbs and even a vege-table!

The huge floral installation created in association with Slingsby – Spirit of Harrogate will be built by teams of florists, including Harewood-based Leafy Couture, the artisan network Flowers from the Farm, and Helen James Flowers from Harrogate.

Show director Nick Smith said: “The GREENhouse blurs the lines between outside and inside even further asking the question – what would happen if nature took over the rooms and we had a home that was truly at one with nature?”

Visitors will be able to explore four different rooms and, of course, a garden. Students from Askham Bryan College, near York, have been challenged with the task of bringing the inside out for The GREENhouse.

Show highlights

Plant Pavilion: Nearly 100 leading specialist nurseries have show bargains to sell, plus eye-catching displays of plants and flowers.

Floral art: Britain’s biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers takes place here – more than 150 works of art, plus large-scale displays by flower clubs and floristry colleges.

Garden shopping: Thousands of high-quality garden products are sold at the show. A plant and product crèche is available so that you can drop after you shop.

Expert advice and live entertainment: There are talks and demonstrations each day – garden chat and advice in the Grow! Theatre, floral art demonstrations, plus food in the Plot to Pot Cookery Theatre and Feast! Food Theatre.

Children: Kids’ show guide, Pod, will be back with lots of hands-on fun for budding gardeners (under 16s get in free).

Crafts and gifts: There are more than 70 exhibitors offering a variety of hand-crafted artwork. Visit Made in Yorkshire, showcasing items made in the county.

Food: There’s a huge array of specialist regional food and drink to take home. If you want to eat while you’re there, there’s everything from restaurants, cafes to eat-on-the-go outlets to choose from.

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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