VIDEO: Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

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Full-sized show gardens will be the showpiece draw at this week’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

The event becomes the UK’s first to offer such gardens, and thousands are expected to travel to the Great Yorkshire Showground to have a look between Friday and Sunday.

Tony Devine of Yorkshire-based Devine Nurseries puts the finishing touches to his display at the Autumn Flower Show. (130911M2b)

Tony Devine of Yorkshire-based Devine Nurseries puts the finishing touches to his display at the Autumn Flower Show. (130911M2b)

A Wizard of Oz-style garden was planted with the help of St Peter’s School pupils.

It joins gardens such as ‘kin space’ and ‘herbs by the kerbs’.

Companies based in Harrogate and Ripon will be among those judged later today (Thursday) ahead of the Friday public opening at 930am.

Show Director Martin Fish said: “Show gardens are one of our most popular features and we are proud to become the first UK gardening event to offer large autumn show gardens, as well as those traditionally featured in the spring.

“The gardening year really begins in the autumn with plans for new planting, so it is particularly good to have such a diverse range of show garden ideas and plants at the show, to give our visitors a great start for the new gardening season.”

Attractions at the event include an exhibition of chillies, live expert demonstrations and the annual giant vegetable competition - including six new classes.

The met office has forecast cloudy weather for the weekend, with temperatures ranging between 10C and 15C.

The show is open until 530pm on Friday and Saturday, and 430pm on Sunday.

More pictures in next Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser.

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