Visitors and traders alike have been singing the praises of the popular Harrogate Flower Show.
The show which was voted the UK’s best gardening event by readers of consumer magazine Which? Gardening was expected to attract around 60,000 over four days, and finishes today, Sunday April 28.
Cliff Plowes of Oak Tree Nursery in Barlow near York said: “We have been coming to the Harrogate Spring show for ten years, of all the flower shows we do it’s always a good one.
“It’s our most local show too and has lots of interesting people.”
Annabel Graham from Drointon Nursery near Ripon whose display won a Gold Award agreed.
She said: “It’s a really nice show, it’s also our local show so that’s why we wouldn’t miss it.
“The show isn’t too vast and has a really great variety, everything is represented and nothing is over done.”
Plant nurseries from all over the UK travel to be part of the show.
Emilio De Beer from Fuchsiavale Nurseries near Kidderminster said: “It’s a nice show to come to as everyone is just so enthusiastic.”
Loraine Hart from Harts Nursery in Staffordshire whose lily display took a gold award said: “We’ve been coming here displaying lilies for 20 years now.
“It is our best show we do, if we could only do one it’d be this one.
“The people are so friendly and everything is so well organised.”
Local student Jo Hall was impressed by the show.
The RHS Level two student at Askham Bryan College’s Harrogate Centre said:“This is the first time I have been to the show and it’s really good, really interesting and there are some innovative displays.”
The college had hands-on demonstrations of how to make a herb hanging basket for visitors to try.
She said: “We had some school children come to see us and they loved getting stuck in and getting their hands dirty, the adults have been a little bit more reluctant to give it a try.”
Another local group in attendance at the show was Horticap from Otley Road, Harrogate.
Although their show garden ‘The Living Room’ only scooped a bronze award it’s fun factor, aided by giant scarecrows created by Henshaws students, certainly kept the crowds entertained, and the garden was the busiest in it’s patch.
Chairman of the Northern Daffodil Society, Rae Beckwith described the show as a prestigious event.
He said: “People come from all over the country to be here, there is a real prestige to this show.”