Bloom-bombing the urban environment
Florists are bringing a flash of floral inspiration to the streets of Harrogate as they demonstrate the potential for petal power to transform a town environment.
Teams from Harewood-based Leafy Couture and Harrogate Flower Shows are ‘bloom-bombing’ to highlight the benefits of using plants and flowers to bring colour to a grey urban scene.
Inspired by guerrilla gardening, bloom-bombing (or flower-flashing) brings temporary floral decoration to the streets and will form part of the #kerbcouture theme for the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (April 25-28).
Riot of colour
Show Director Nick Smith said: “Our plan is to recreate a street where pubs, shops, street furniture and even the brick walls have been ‘bloom-bombed’ with a riot of colour to demonstrate that an urban environment doesn’t need to be dull and grey.
“Just about anything, from disused dustbins to old drainpipes, can be used as a home for plants or flowers.
“It doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate, but it can make a huge difference to our sense of well-being.”
The #kerbcouture street scene will be created by florists Leafy Couture, from Harewood, near Leeds, along with Ripon florists, Branching Out, and the British cut flower co-operative, Flowers from the Farm.
Graffiti artist’s amazing creations
Mural artist Lee Ferry will be wowing visitors with ideas for transforming the bleakest of back streets with his brand of garden graffiti.
Lee, from Stanley, County Durham, will be creating a street mural live during the show.
A former cartoonist and sign-writer, Lee formed his company, Custom Artwerk, seven years ago. His work has ranged from a roof-sized rendering of Darth Vader to the crests on the gates of Newcastle United Football Club.
Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show attracts up to 60,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors.
Tickets: Thursday-Saturday £21.50, Sunday £19.50 on the gate. Under 16s are free and parking is free. Visit www.flowershow.org.uk for more details.