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Harrogate Flower Show is one of the biggest gardening events of the autumn, and this year features designs for urban plots – particularly tricky front gardens.

 The Harrowgate Flower Show is one of the biggest autumn gardening events
Starting tomorrow – September 12 – until Sunday, the Inspiration Street designs will include a “back to front” veg plot, complete with salad-filled paving cracks, and show how mosaics can work well even in a traditional terrace garden.There will also be designs for larger gardens, along The Avenue, featuring an architectural landscape created by students at Lincoln University.
The show, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, has plenty to keep visitors entertained, starting with a giant vegetable competition to be judged tomorrow.

Massive marrows, colossal cabbages and other oversized specimens of pumpkin, carrots and more will be weighed before the show opens.

New this year is the Pip to Press apple festival, celebrating British apples and featuring a pop-up orchard, planting and pruning demonstrations and apple tasting.

There will also be demonstrations on floral art, wood carving and willow weaving and a Plot to Pot cookery theatre where traditional British fruit recipes will be demonstrated.

We hope this new concept in show gardens will help to convince visitors that the front garden doesn’t have to be just a home for the household wheelie bin, there is lots you can do with the right inspiration Nick Smith, Show Director

Displays by nearly 100 top plant nurseries will provide plenty of opportunities to buy flowers and shrubs at the perfect time of year for planting them.It will also feature Britain’s biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups with more than 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms.Nick Smith, Show Director, said: “Thousands of UK homes feature a small front garden and many people struggle to make the most of the space.

“We hope this new concept in show gardens will help to convince visitors that the front garden doesn’t have to be just a home for the household wheelie bin, there is lots you can do with the right inspiration.”

Each of the autumn show gardens will be judged for one of five awards – Premier Gold, Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze.

The show opens at 9.30am from Friday to Sunday, with tickets available at the gates – £16 on Friday and Saturday and £14.50 on Sunday, with under-16s free when accompanied by an adult.

It is organised by the North of England Horticultural Society, a gardening charity, and all profits go to promoting gardening in the North.

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