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Harrogate Spring Flower Show: show gardens, shopping, Secret Sheds

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The Garden of Translucence by Colour Your Garden
The Garden of Translucence by Colour Your Garden

Perfect show gardens with ideas to take home

Harrogate show gardens have always appealed to me because they are beautiful and are translatable to ordinary plots. This year, the standard has risen considerably.

Best in Show and Premier Gold went to Thirsk-based designers, Colour Your Garden, with The Garden of Translucence, all steel mesh columnsclipped cube and multi-stem evergreen planting, with bubbling water features.

Gold Awards went to Eden by Yorkshire Garden Designs, Garden of Life by St Michael’s Hospice and the crowd’s favourite, All Characters Great and Small by Horticap, complete with life-size Nora Batty and Compo!

Silver gilts were awarded to Kirklees Council for West Yorkshire’s Mills to Moors and to Hadean-Creation for A New Zealand StoryAskham Bryan College students, near York, were awarded Silver for Tranquil Yorkshire.

Designed to Last gardens

Using three real-life problem gardens in Yorkshire, landscape designer Nick Fryer presents show garden solutions for difficult growing conditions, all of which won gold.

Clay-like concrete: Raised beds offering the possibility of including plants that are not naturally suited to clay. Floating paved areas mean the garden can be used when it is wet.

Dark and boggy: A naturalistic approach with stone uprights to form a three-in-one retaining wall, seating area and steps to reach the bank.

Dry and exposed: Inspired by Derek Jarman’s coastal garden, this design combinepebblessalvaged monoliths and washed-up decorative itemsPlanting is low maintenance and wind and salt tolerant.

Shopping delights

From bargains to aspirational greenhouses, there’s something for everyone… have a look!

Secret Sheds

Thanks again to Gary Welford for the pictures – for more on the show, visit www.flowershow.org.uk.

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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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