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#kerbcouture at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Bloom-bombing on a Harrogate bus stop. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows
Bloom-bombing on a Harrogate bus stop. Picture; Harrogate Flower Shows

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.

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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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