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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2015

27 April 2015 | Posted in Gardening by The Unwins Family

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

We visited the Harrogate Flower Show this year and had a great time. The weather was fantastic on the Wednesday and not too bad for the days after.

The Show is a great way to see what's going on in the gardening world, and you can pick up so much advice on how you can create your own garden paradise.

The Show Gardens practically glistened this year.

Tranquillity and the garden used as a calming retreat seemed to be a underlying theme. The different Show Gardens created lovely havens in different ways.

Best in Show Garden Perennial embrace (pictured top) used a clever combination of light and dark colour contrasts for the central water feature, and plants like cool-blue Agapanthus with terra-cotta tulips. Beautiful and relaxing.

A Quiet Retreat had a central fountain as a peaceful focal point, with lovely rippling water and surrounded by gorgeous perennials such as heucheras and dainty forget-me-nots.

Ordered structure in the garden can induce a sense of confidence and calm in the garden. A Space within a Space demonstrated how two tidy topiary box trees guarding a cool central rill of water gives a sense of order meaning all you need do is relax.

If you want a place to sit in the garden, consider using furniture that compliments the plants and design of the garden. In the Garden uses a summer house. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, rest assured. A Yorkshire roof garden by Paxman Landscapes UK Ltd. used a stylish and contemporary reflective bench that matches the reflective glow of the carpet of balloon flowers. Why not try a carpet of Campanula ‘White Clips’.

Excellent exhibits

There were so many exhibits this year to get great ideas for your garden. In particular we noticed a lot of container ideas and inspiration this year.

Violas and pansies are great to have in containers, they’re cheery flowers, long-lasting and there’ll be a variety to suit you. It’s the same with nemesias.

Harrogate urnYou can use containers purely as ornaments, gorgeous in their own right. By a poolside why not try placing an old, rustic and evocative pot on its side (pictured) with surrounding plants like hostas, ferns and bedding. An old pot adds a sense of history and character to a garden feature like a pond.

Plant up multiple pots for a great container display. A collection of three or five containers can offer real flower power and make a visual statement.

Fun for kids

There was plenty for all the family to do. Here are a few highlights of the family activities at the show.

The 'Explore with Pod' feature offered exciting activity trails for new green-fingers. Children got inventive and innovative with decorating plant pots, choosing the right soils for right plants with the Compost Crew, choosing their favourite plants to plant up themselves and make lovely labels.

Kids also got to check out the chickens and rabbits in the Victory Allotments. Great for children to see their favourite vegetables growing in the ground and friendly animals you can except to see in farms and smallholdings.

Expert advice

Harrogate expertIt’s not just a show to see how other gardeners do it well. Visitors got to take home valuable tips from the experts.

How2 60minute garden demonstrations

Flower Show regular Nigel Harrison and a team of students from Askham Bryan College raced against the clock to build two gardens in an hour. Informative, impressive but most of all, entertaining.

Dig It Garden Theatre Q and A sessions

Hosted by personalities in the horticulture world, names to look out for were Jim Buttress, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr Paul Cook and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner Martin Walker.

Kitchen Garden Live

Whether you have a herb pot or fully-functioning allotment, experts were on hand to answer your kitchen garden queries. There were regular talks in Gardening Hall 2 on fruit and veg grow-your-own tips.

It was a great few days out and we picked up lots of tips and got lots of inspiration. A great annual visit.

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