Autumn Flower Show centenary

tis   North of England Horticultural Society Projects Officer Deborah White with one of the new show borders at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.   (110914M3)
tis North of England Horticultural Society Projects Officer Deborah White with one of the new show borders at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. (110914M3)
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THE Great Yorkshire Showground will be a hive of activity this weekend as the Autumn Flower Show takes place.

Marking the centenary year for organiser the North of England Horticultural Society, the show features the traditional range of attractions for green-fingered visitors.

This year also offers new features, including a series of classes for giant vegetables, and the show will host the National Onion Championship including the world record weigh-in for the heaviest onion.

A new competition for show garden borders will include an entry themed on the therapeutic benefits of horticulture in a drug addict’s journey to recovery, a tribute to the punk rock era with a riot of clashing colours and the calming tranquility of the water-loving bog garden.

Keen gardeners can pick up tips on plants of all shapes, sizes and varieties, as well as buying plants and equipment from specialist nurseries from around the country.

For those interested in making the most of their autumn harvest, the Cookery Theatre offers 17 top-class chefs from across the region presenting their recipes. It will also host daily challenges for young, up-and-coming chefs to compete with each other.

The show also offers an opportunity for early Christmas shopping at the craft and gift stands, as well as a food marquee to keep visitors energised throughout the weekend.

The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show opens today and runs until Sunday, September 18, from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily. For more information, visit www.flowershow.org.uk.