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Crowds enjoyed the 2014 Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Among the exhibits was the Tour de France garden, which will be moved from the Great Yorkshire Showground to its permanent home in Knaresborough.

Cacti growers Southfield Nurseries were thrilled to pick up the Best in Show award for their display.

Linda Goodey, of the nursery in Bourne, Lincolnshire, said: “It’s fantastic. It’s a terrific honour.

“We have had best in show before but its a long time ago now,” she said.

Another exhibitor with something to celebrate was daffodil grower Ken Harrop, from Denton, who won the Grand Champion Bloom for his Astrid’s Memory.

“It has been one of the best that we have had for a while, the quality of the blooms has been unbelievable,” Chris Bone, secretary of the Northern Daffodil Group said.

Yesterday the judges decisions were revealed at the event, which runs until Sunday, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate.

National horticulture charity Perennial won top honours for the 2014 show gardens. Its Premier Gold winning design celebrated its 175th anniversary and evoked its public garden in Adel, Leeds.

Shanet Alexander, designer of the garden, said: “I am really, really pleased.”

The Gold winners were Driffield designer Matt Haddon, with his first show garden A Sylvan Pause, Harrogate Borough Council with their Grand Départ Legacy Garden, Northern School of Garden Design, Skipton, with The Harrogate Spring Water secret garden, and Selby-based Hibiscus Gardens and Landscapes with Serendipity.

Show director Nick Smith said: “The design teams have done a fantastic job this year and it is particularly nice to see Perennial celebrate their 175th anniversary with a Premier Gold and Matt Haddon receive a Gold for his very first show garden.”

This year community groups have been invited to create their own pocket gardens on small plots.

The event also features the UK’s biggest exhibition of flower arranging and floristry.

See Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser for a full report.

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