Blooming start to annual flower show

Linda Goodey  from Southfield Nurseries Bourne in Lincolnshire with the Best in Show trophy  at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Linda Goodey from Southfield Nurseries Bourne in Lincolnshire with the Best in Show trophy at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show

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Thousands basked in the sunshine as the annual Harrogate Spring Flower Show got underway, further cementing itself as the Chelsea Flower Show of the north.

From humble beginnings in the Winter Gardens back in the 1920s it now attracts around 60,000 visitors to the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Linda Goodey from Southfield Nurseries in Bourne, Lincolnshire, beat others to the punch to take the Best in Show trophy on opening day.

Show director Nick Smith said this year’s theme is ‘Botanica’, which explores the ever-changing relationship between people, plants and the landscape. It includes a showcase of the life and work of Capability Brown, Britain’s most celebrated landscape architect.

Show director Nick Smith said: “The show says welcome to the year - especially after this winter, which has been so wet and damp.“

The North of England Horticultural Society, which organises the show, was formed in Leeds in 1911 and originally held small, regular horticultural events in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Manchester and Newcastle.

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