Flowers in bloom for historic annual Leeds gardening and craft showcase

Viv Caunt, chair of the Leeds Horticultural Society, at the Leeds Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show. Picture by Gary Longbottom.
Viv Caunt, chair of the Leeds Horticultural Society, at the Leeds Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show. Picture by Gary Longbottom.
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An evergreen flower festival has rewarded Leeds’ glorious gardening efforts in its 151st year.

The Leeds Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show saw hundreds of keen gardeners and enthusiasts descend on the Grammar School at Leeds, in Alwoodley, over the weekend.

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Organised by the Leeds Horticultural Society (LHS), the annual event attracted high quality entries in around 200 classes and categories.

Everything from flowers, floral art, vegetables and fruit to domestic produce, wine, honey, photography, crafts and entries in a children’s section were scrutinised by show judges.

Kathleen Grainge, a member of the LHS committee, was overseeing the photography area and explained that despite poor weather in recent months, this year’s exhibits were of a high standard.

She said: “It’s been very successful, there has been good quality in spite of the rain and cold this spring and summer.

Louise Hopton, from the Leeds Horticultural Society, at the Leeds  Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Louise Hopton, from the Leeds Horticultural Society, at the Leeds Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

“It’s surprising things have been entered looking so good.”

Hundreds came to enter their produce, crafts and flowers, while many simply came to admire the fruits of Leeds gardeners’ labours although entries were slightly down on last year.

Kathleen added: “Gardening is flourishing and we are seeing the fruits of that, in terms of quality, here at the moment.”

Last year marked the show’s 150th anniversary, having first been staged at the Leeds Volunteer Rifles Drill Room and Parade ground in Oxford Road on June 21, 1864.

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The inaugural show was reported in the Leeds Mercury the following day.

The showcase later moved to Soldiers’ Field in Roundhay Park. At one time it was part backed by the council but is now an independent event.

BBC Radio Leeds gardening expert Joe Maiden visited this year’s show. He said: “It was a tremendous show - it was super when I went.”

For further information visit www.leedshs.org.uk.

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