Fruits of labour – Yorkshire growers excel at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 07:33 15 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:10 20 February 2013

Giant vegetables

Giant vegetables

Garden lovers flock to the Harrogate Autumn Flower show for advice and inspiration

A brand new Fruit Show, spectacular society marquees and beautiful vegetables attracted almost 35,000 garden lovers to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

They were there not just to marvel at the wide range of blooms and produce but to take advantage of the expert advice from some of the countrys most talented growers

And there was competition too for some of the most coveted titles in the horticultural world with top prizes going to Yorkshire growers. The 2010 Autumn Show was pleased to announce the Best in Show winners from both the Horticultural Trade and the Floristry competitions were from Yorkshire.

The West Yorkshire District Association of the National Vegetable Society took home the Best in Show title beating more than 80 other competitors from around the country with a show-stopping display of perfect vegetables, tomato towers and a luscious giant pumpkin.

In the Floristry Best in Show was awarded to Hannah Wilson, a student from Knaresborough who was entering her first competition. Hannah, who works part-time at Helen James Florist in Harrogate, created a display to promote and encourage volunteers for the Sumatran Tiger Trust. Her floral art included a tigers head of massed chrysanthemums and grasses along with foliage to depict the tigers natural environment. Yorkshire growers werent the only winners. The Heaviest Onion Competition was won for the third consecutive year by Peter Glazebrook from Newark, Nottinghamshire. At 15lbs 9oz, the onion didnt quite break the world record but it was the heaviest for the last four years.

The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show also saw the launch of a new fruit show with a high number of entrants and looks set to become a favourite of future shows.

The show marks the end of the gardening season but planning has already begun for the shows centenary year next year which promises two more spectacular horticultural celebrations.

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