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Giant vegetables, brilliant blooms and inspiring plant schemes are among the highlights for visitors to this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show which opens today. (Sept 13)

The prestigious flower show, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, is being staged today, tomorrow and Sunday and this year it also becomes the first UK gardening event to offer full-sized autumn show gardens.

ITV's Katie Rushworth will be meeting visitors each day at the show.

ITV's Katie Rushworth will be meeting visitors each day at the show.

Eight new gardens have been created by designers and landscapers from across the country and yesterday TV gardener Katie Rushworth, from Bingley, a presenter on Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden, was at the event, watching as the final touches were made to the gardens ahead of judging.

“I like to support my local gardening events and see what is going on in my local areas and support the nurseries,” she said.

Katie, who also runs the design company Queen of Spades, will be meeting visitors each day of the show and will take part in the Dig It Garden Theatre tomorrow and Sunday. She will also be giving a demonstration on favourite autumn plants at 12.30pm tomorrow.

Show director, Martin Fish said: “Show gardens are one of our most popular features and we are proud to become the first UK gardening event to offer large autumn show gardens, as well as those traditionally featured in the spring.

“The gardening year really begins in the autumn with plans for new planting, so it is particularly good to have such a diverse range of show garden ideas and plants at the show, to give our visitors a great start for the new 2014 gardening season.”

One of the show’s gardening halls features a sea of over 5,000 fabulous autumn blooms, with a range of colours and aromas on display, including ornamental lilies.

Ian Roger, of R V Roger Ltd, in Pickering, was putting the finishing touches to his display of roses yesterday. The company is celebrating its centenary year.

Mr Roger said the wet, windy weather over the past few days had not helped his preparations.

“It was a glorious summer - just a few more days of good weather would have been nice,” he said.

This year the event also features ChilliFest showcasing over fifty different types of plant - including Ghost, the world’s hottest chilli.

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