From perfect carrots to dinner plate dahlias
The autumn shows are a beacon of hope for gardeners – despite marking the end of one growing season, they give us ideas and plants for the year to come.
And Harrogate this year was no exception, whether you’re a beginner with a balcony or a show bench champion.
Here is a selection of the best moments:
Impressive as ever, especially the new novice categories, which encourages gardeners who haven’t won a title before to enter.
There were a record 179 entries in the giant vegetable competition, including three new classes for novice growers.
Best in Show for the plant nursery displays went to Crewe-based Heuchera specialists, Plantagogo. Judges awarded 23 Premier Golds, seven up on 2016, with 17 Gold Awards, 12 Silver Gilt, and six Silver.
Both show gardens focused on providing a peaceful retreat from a busy world. Breathing Space, by Nicholas Edward Gardens of Ripon, received a Gold Award for its quiet reflective space where the visitor can escape and hide away.
The Gardener’s Idyll, by North of England Horticultural Society, Harrogate, showed a garden for those who crave peace – complete with outdoor bath! It won a Silver Award.
Garden Border competition
The popular garden border competition returned in the Across the Border challenge, ranging from an oriental haven to a naturalistic design inspired by the North American Prairies.
Journey of Discovery – Horticap Ltd, Harrogate: Inspired by the charity’s 33-year journey, this garden border is designed to capture the spirit of adventure and determination. GOLD
In from the Cold – Bloodwise: Travelling to the northernmost part of Earth, this border uses the endless frosted tundra and snow-capped peaks of the Arctic as its inspiration. GOLD
Due East – Matt Haddon Gardens, Hornsea: This border transports you to the orient with a contemplative, evocative planting scheme for slightly acidic soil in a sheltered space with light shade. SILVER GILT
Across the Prairie – Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design, Boston Spa, and JH Garden Design, Holmfirth: Inspired by the North American Prairie, this border conveys a naturalistic feel with lush grasses and vivid autumn colours to awaken your senses! SILVER
A Little Peace – Austin’s Gardens, Leeds: A combination of late summer-flowering perennials and grasses create a peaceful oasis, proving that you don’t need a big garden to be uplifted by plants. SILVER
No Fly Zone – Wacks Wicked Plants, Scampston: Crossing the Atlantic to North America for a close encounter with some rather curious garden border plants that offer the ultimate solution for fly control! BRONZE
Summat for Nowt – Harrogate and District Allotment Federation: Harrogate’s allotment holders share their secrets for creating practical uses for unwanted objects. NOT JUDGED
The biggest autumn flower show in Britain, combined with plant association displays and the NAFAs displays – theme Postcards from the Hedge provided a feast of colour.
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show runs from April 26-29, 2018 and tickets are available now, with a £2.50 discount if booked online before Tuesday, April 17, call 01423 546157 or visit www.flowershow.org.uk/spring-show-2018.