Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2011 proves blooming marvellous

A visitor admiring the  daffodills on show  at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

A visitor admiring the daffodills on show at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

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garden lovers are ploughing through the gates of the Harrogate Spring Flower Show in droves.

Nearly 14,000 people visited the four-day event, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, when it opened on Thursday and a number similar to that was estimated yesterday.

The grand show is also gearing up for the sale of exhibitors’ display plants, proceeds of which will go to around 20 charities supported by the North of England Horticultural Society.

A show spokeswoman said: “This year is the society’s centenary year and because of that people have put in extra effort.

“It is a bit cold but I have to say that those who have come through the gates have seen some fantastic designs.”

Prize winners included fern growers, Steven Fletcher and Kerry Robinson, known as Fernatix, who claimed the Best in Show award.

Outdoor gardens were introduced to the show for the first time this year, with Cookridge garden designer, Maxine Nelson, claiming gold in the Best Garden Design category at the first attempt.

Her garden bathroom design focused on recycling water and used a toilet, bath tub and shower to create a fun yet sustainable design.

Ms Nelson, of Gardens by Max, put the garden together with David Massey of David Massey Garden Construction in Knaresborough.

She said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic seeing people looking and pointing at the garden. One lady even said, ‘I have to get my old bath out into the garden’, which raised a smile.”

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