Floral glory will sweep horticulturists off their feet at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

More than 25,000 people are expected to visit the Great Yorkshire Showground during the colourful four-day event, which begins tomorrow.

A total of 430 exhibitors and 104 nurseries will be represented, as well as rural arts and crafts, flower- arranging displays and plant shops.

Green-fingered guests can also attend the recording of BBC Radio Four's Gardeners' Question Time on the opening day.

Organiser Mary Bond said up to 70 per cent of the show was under cover, so there was plenty to see whatever the weather.

She said: "We've sold 25,000 pre-booked tickets, most of them in the last week. But tickets are also available on the gate and there is plenty of room for everyone."

Gates open at 9.30am and tickets cost between £9 and £12. There is on-site parking and a shuttle bus will run between Harrogate town centre and the showground.

Updated: 10:54 Wednesday, April 23, 2003