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Garden picks up top prize

Hannah Wilson and Himalayan Garden owner Peter Roberts with the trophy vase from Harlow Carr. (S)

Hannah Wilson and Himalayan Garden owner Peter Roberts with the trophy vase from Harlow Carr. (S)

The Himalayan Garden at Grewelthorpe has scooped first prize in a rhododendron competition during an RHS show at Harlow Carr in Harrogate.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Late Rhododendron Show ran alongside a two-day show organised by the Harlow Carr Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia group.

Hannah Wilson, resident plant researcher at the Himalayan Garden, said: “I am delighted to have scooped first place again, especially as the competition was much closer this year. The results reflect the range and quality of rhododendron now thriving at the gardens.”

Highlights at the show included an advice stall, “best-of” displays by local gardens, guided woodland walks and a talk by rhododendron expert Peter Bland.

In addition to the Himalayan Garden, other top regional gardens exhibiting at the event included Newby Hall and the Yorkshire Arboretum.

The Himalayan Garden, which is open till June 8, has a collection of more than 500 different species of rhododendron alone, and more than 1,000 different hybrid rhododendron and azaleas planted in groups for maximum impact on the steep hillsides.

In addition to the rhododendron, there are 120 different magnolias ranging from popular cultivars to the more unusual large-leaved magnolia species, which are just starting to flower.

The gardens are open daily except Mondays, from 10am-4pm.

– A private guided tour of the Himalyan Garden led by Hannah on May 20 raised £434 for the Ripon branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

 

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