Harrogate set for best Spring Flower Show

24/4/13  Sallyanne Forman from Walkers Bulbs at Holbeach  with 'Johann Strauss' one of a variety of early flowering  daffodills they have brought to   the Harrogate Spring Flower Show for the first time due to the  weather delaying the flowering seaon by around a month .
24/4/13 Sallyanne Forman from Walkers Bulbs at Holbeach with 'Johann Strauss' one of a variety of early flowering daffodills they have brought to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show for the first time due to the weather delaying the flowering seaon by around a month .
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This week’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show is set to be the biggest and best yet, with a record number of gardens on display.

Around 60,000 people are expected to attend the show at the Great Yorkshire Showground from today, Thursday, to its final day this Sunday.

This year, the award-winning show boasts a record 17 gardens, many of which have been inspired by Yorkshire’s glorious landscape and famous landmarks.

The River Ouse, and Yorkshire’s famous dry stone walls are among the regional landmarks forming the backdrop to the gardens, which for the first time this year will come in a range of sizes.

Show director Martin Fish said: “We have doubled the number of outdoor show gardens since they were launched to mark our centenary in 2011.

“This is in direct response to requests from our visitors, who told us they enjoy seeing the inspirational designs so much that they want to see more.

“We have a fantastic range of ideas for visitors to take home – the standard just keeps getting better.”

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show was recently voted the best gardening event in the country by readers of Which? gardening consumer magazine.

This year, the spring show will also feature garden landscaping live, with the team representing the UK in the forthcoming World Skills Competition preparing for this summer’s challenge.

Mr Fish said: “These young professionals represent the future of our industry and I am sure visitors will be intrigued to learn more about how a show garden is constructed and how much work is involved in creating these fantastic exhibits.”

Display gardens at the event will be split into two categories, one for professional designers and one for community or college displays.

Each of the gardens will be judged for one of five awards – Premier Gold, Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze.

Work on the gardens was well under way yesterday, Wednesday.

Walkers Bulbs from Holbeach had set up a display of early flowering ‘Johann Strauss’ daffodills as this year’s weather has delayed the flowering season by a month.