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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show opens to the public
TV gardener Katie Rushworth, a presenter with Alan Titchmarsh on Love Your Garden, who was at the Harrogate autumn flower show yesterday
A GIANT cabbage, the world’s heaviest onions, inspiring autumn gardens and a “chilli trail” for spicy food lovers are all on display in Harrogate this weekend at the town’s autumn flower show.
The show, which opens today, will feature eight new show gardens, the first UK autumn flower show to do so, in the hopes of inspiring gardeners planning next year’s planting.
Ripon’s Walled Garden project, Selby company Hibiscus Gardens and Landscapes and The Harrogate Potted Garden Company in Thirsk have all designed show gardens for the event.
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 2014 gardening season.”
The gardens range from large-scale features to small border plots, with themes from a Wizard of Oz-inspired children’s garden planted with the help of youngsters from St Peter’s School in Harrogate, a relaxing artisan’s retreat, and a modern outdoor living space with creeping thyme stream.
TV gardener Katie Rushworth was at the showground yesterday to see the finishing touches being made, and she will be giving a demonstration on favourite autumn plants at 12.30pm tomorrow.
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