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Ever Thought of Going to a Flower Show?

(20th-23rd April 2017).

Bradford gardener Christopher Jackson who is a fully qualified horticulturist give lots of great reasons to visit your first flower show…

* The show is set up and run by The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) which is a leading gardening charity. The charity has been running for over 100 years and was set up to support all types of horticulture across the north. All the proceeds go to this charity.

* The Harrogate Spring Flower Show has been awarded Britain’s best gardening event by Which?Gardening.

* There are over 100 of the country’s leading nurseries there who are sure to have the right plant for the right place in your garden. These nurseries will be all under one roof in the new Plant Pavilion which is a brand new building that opens for the first time at this show. This is where you will find Bradford gardener Chris Jackson admiring all the great plants old and new.

* If you love gardening you can gain a wealth of knowledge and experience from everyone you meet who all love to talk about plants and gardening.

* The car parking is really good with great access. There is no shade so do not bring your pets.

* You can pre-book wheelchairs to leave room in the car for your shopping.

* Under 16’s with a full paying adult are free.

* Visit the Avenue is where the new 2017 show gardens are and they are great for giving you inspiration to take home to your own garden.

* See the Yorkshire Flower Club who will be adding to the glitz and glamour with the theme for their large scale display, The Oscars - A Night on the Red Carpet!

* A new display putting the petals to the metal with a new challenge for floristry colleges called Floral Bonnets - using real cars!

* The spring theme for 2017 is HortCouture offering a celebration of style in the home, the garden where the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies have a challenge which also has the title HortCouture, with a tribute to designers such as Chanel, Versace and, of course, Vivienne Westwood.

* The 2017 flower club class is dedicated to a moment in History, while individual competitors have a wide choice of themes, including Musical Miscellany, Jack Frost, Crate Expectations, Hello Sunshine and, for juniors, Flower Market.

* Florists will be challenged to create a bridal design with the title Hitched and Stitched, plus a floral waistcoat or bodice on the theme Waist not, Want not.

* The spring show also hosts Britain's biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers, with over 150 stunning individual works of art, plus a range of large scale

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