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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Sow it, harvest it, cook it at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show – highlights for 2011

Celebrating a century of showcasing the very best in horticulture, the Harrogate Flower Shows are set to offer something truly BIG this autumn for gardening enthusiasts across the country.

The Harrogate Flower Show is widely regarded as Europe’s biggest and most prestigious autumn gardening event. It is run by the North of England Horticultural Society, a leading gardening charity set up 100 years ago this year to promote horticulture in the north.

This year’s autumn show highlights:

New for the 2011 centenary autumn show is a series of classes for giant vegetables adding mammoth marrows, tremendous tomatoes and colossal cucumbers to the traditional displays of hundreds of top class fruit and vegetable exhibits.

National Onion Championship, including the world record weigh-in for the heaviest onion.

Inspiration for the 2012 growing year with a new competition for show garden borders. Entries cover a diverse range of themes, including the therapeutic benefits of horticulture in a drug addict’s journey to recovery, a tribute to the punk rock era with a riot of clashing colours, and the calming tranquillity of the water-loving bog garden.

The UK’s biggest specialist societies marquee offering dozens of gardening-related organisations an opportunity to showcase their work. A breath-taking, floral feast featuring everything from Bonsai to bees, including:

a staggering array of more than 3,500 dahlias, including over 100 giant blooms measuring up to a whopping 30 cms in diameter!

nearly 1000 chrysanthemums, including a number of historic varieties under threat of extinction

over 1000 carnations

more than 200 gladioli

bigger than ever fuchsia show

the biggest exhibition of Bonsai outside Japan

one of the country’s most valuable honey shows, including hundreds of beeswax products and a live honeybee hive.

More than 100 of the country’s leading plant nurseries for everything from airplants to alpines and roses to rhododendrons offering advice, inspiration and planting ideas.

Daily demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre with 17 top-class chefs from across the region presenting their ideas for making the most of the autumn cornucopia. New this year is a daily ready, steady cook-style challenge for up-and-coming trainee chefs from local catering colleges in Leeds and Harrogate.

140 different gardening and special interest stands where visitors can purchase the latest gardening gadgets and products

An early opportunity for Christmas shopping with nearly 70 handmade craft and gift stands

And, if all that shopping makes you hungry, the food marquee offers a mouth-watering selection of tempting treats. Regional delicacies can also be found in the area dedicated to deliciouslyorkshire

Tickets - Friday/Saturday £14; Sunday £13; under-16s free. Opening times: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Car parking is free.

About the Harrogate Flower Shows

The Harrogate Flower Shows are organised and run by the North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS), a leading gardening charity set up 100 years ago (January 1911) to support horticulture in the north by providing a top class showcase for exhibits grown in colder northern climates.

The NEHS, which supports over 50 horticultural charities and organisations, is proud to have HRH The Prince of Wales as its Patron and this year welcomed the Duchess of Northumberland as its new President.

The spring and autumn shows are spread across 22 acres of the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, attracting nearly 100,000 visitors each year. They are among the oldest and most prestigious events in the gardening calendar – pre-dating even the Chelsea Flower Show.

All profits from the shows are returned to the charity and used to promote and support horticulture in the region.



The West Yorkshire D.A. of the National Vegetable Society were very proud to be awarded ‘Best in Show’ from over 80 competitors. With their show stopping display of perfect vegetables, tomato towers and a giant pumpkin they were deserving winners and a true favourite at the show.

Joe Walker holding cup and certificate at harrogate show

Joe Walker, holding the certificate and cup, and delighted to be representing the all-amateurs team of the National Vegetable Society West Yorkshire District Association



In the Floristry, ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to Hannah Wilson, a student from Knaresborough who was entering her first competition. Hannah, who works part time at Helen James Florist in Harrogate, created her display to promote and encourage volunteers for the Sumatran Tiger Trust. An incredible creation, her floral art included a tigers head of massed chrysanthemums and grasses, along with foliage to depict the tiger’s natural environment and information about the work of the trust. Another very worthy winner and incredible achievement.

Of course, it wasn’t just Yorkshire with the winners. The Heaviest Onion Competition was won for the third year in the row by Peter Glazebrook from Newark, Nottinghamshire. At 15lbs 9oz, the onion didn’t quite break the world record but it was the heaviest for the last 4 years.





Elizabeth J Design

above - Garden Designer and Horticultural Consultant, Elizabeth Joice, of Elizabeth J Design, Mirfield, West Yorkshire

Ticket hotline: 01423 546157 or book online at www.flowershow.org.uk

Tickets available on the gate: Friday/Saturday £14; Sunday £13;

under-16s free.

Opening times: 9.30am – 5.30pm

car parking is free and regular shuttle buses will take you direct to the event

A great day is to be had at The Harrogate Autumn Flower show with something to enjoy for anyone interested in plants and eating. Music enthusiasts can enjoy the quality bands bringing real sounds of Yorkshire. There are some fabulous food stalls and cookery demonstrations, free samples of great cheeses and pickles, Black Sheep beer and non-alcoholic drinks to tempt the taste-buds.

There are flowers and vegetables galore, with enthusiastic growers to give advice, or simply revel in winning Best in Show - enthusiasm evident when talking to Joe Walker. Joe glowed with obvious pride on behalf of all the amateur growers of the West Yorkshire Vegetable Society and was happy to pose for our photographer. Flower arrangers can browse at some marvellous arrangements.

There were even garden designers on hand to offer support to those in need of some inspiration. Garden Designer and Horticultural Consultant, Elizabeth Joice, of Elizabeth J Design, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, had a stand and had a good selection of gardens plans and ideas from satisfied customers. Elizabeth will visit gardeners at home to offer advice. What more can we ask?

Coffee, cup-cakes and catering - plenty of places to replenish the calories and do some more exploring - there's always something more to see at the Great Yorkshire Showground and the Flower Shows.


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