Harrogate’s Autumn Flower Show

Smelling the roses on display at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2014

Smelling the roses on display at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2014

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Floral fanatics from across Yorkshire and beyond will arrive in Harrogate this weekend for the autumn flower show, which celebrates its 40th year.

This year’s event takes place from September 18-20 and as always will be hosted at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

But visitors will have plenty of new and exciting show features to get their green-tipped fingers stuck into.

Show Director Nick Smith said: “We are looking forward to a fantastic 40th show! Changes to the layout have enabled us to introduce a new Plant Pavilion marquee with the extra height and light to give our exhibitors a real opportunity to increase the impact of their displays.”

With over 5,000 autumn blooms on display, the show will be an explosion of colour and sight not to be missed.

A number of spectacular displays have also been put together in celebration of the show’s ruby anniversary.

Whilst Matthewman’s Sweet Pea growers have specially bred a vivid red fragrant flower called the Lathyrus odoratus, the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies has created a ruby floral art display.

But it’s not just a bunch of pretty flowers at the show - the very popular giant vegetable competition continues to grow with the introduction of the all new Gigantomo tomatoes class.

In the closest thing to the veg-olympics these enormous red monsters will be subject to DNA testing to distinguish them from your average tomato but will also give growers the chance to win £6,000 if a new world record is set.

with the heaviest specimen.

New at the show this year:

- The Lathyrus odoratus ‘Harrogate Gem’ display

- The new Plant Pavilion will mean nearly 100 plant nursery displays will be under one roof

- A new ‘Showstopper Award’ is up for grabs for exhibits with the biggest wow-factor

- The new gardening hall will also host the brand new Harvest and Hedgerow feature which celebrates all things about the nature of autumn.