North of England Horticultural Society celebrates centenary at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 13:35 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013

North of England Horticultural Society celebrates centenary at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

North of England Horticultural Society celebrates centenary at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

One of the most successful flower shows in the country reaches a landmark anniversary and thousands join in the celebrations

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Almost 60,000 visitors from across the country flocked to Harrogate Spring Flower Show to help the North of England Horticultural Society celebrate its centenary year. The NEHS was formed in 1911 and one of its aims was to organise quality flower shows. One hundred years on, the society now runs two of the most successful flower shows in the UK.

One of the main highlights at the spring show was the outdoor show garden area where eight stunning gardens were created. Students from horticultural colleges and garden designers created and built gardens on the theme of sustainable gardening.

The colleges took the theme even further and created features inspied by the garden at Highgrove, home of the societys patron, the Prince of Wales. Students from Craven College in Skipton took the top award for their garden called H2Overflow. Another Yorkshire college, Askham Bryan from York, created a lovely garden with lots of spring colour and interest.

David Massey Garden Construction from Knaresborough and Maxine Nelson created a fun garden called The Call of Nature that was based on an outside bathroom. The garden was very popular and gave a strong message about recycling grey water for use in the garden.

Yorkshire garden designer Sally Tierney created an attractive and practical garden to attract bees and beneficial insects and Gary Berry from English Living Gardens based in Harrogate constructed an old mill with working oak waterwheel to demonstrate how water can be used to generate power.

Yorkshire was also well represented in the flower halls where 100 of the UKs top nurseries created some fantastic displays. Taylors Clematis, near Doncaster, entered into the spirit of the occasion and staged a display of colourful clematis in full flower to mark the 100th birthday of the NEHS. Local gardening broadcaster Joe Maiden and his son John were awarded the most innovative display, which portrayed the Second Word Wars Dig for Victory campaign and the modern grow your own trend.

The cookery theatre was also an area not to be missed. Chefs from around Yorkshire cooked the very best local produce to packed audiences, with consultant chefs Stephanie Moon and Gilly Robinson hosting the days events.

Harrogate College built an indoor garden called the Optic Nerve using recycled materials and this attracted a great deal of public attention as part of the new Gardening with Nature area. People were invited to explore the garden and take part in various activities, many of which were aimed at children.

The new president of the NEHS, the Duchess of Northumberland visited the show on the first day. The duchess, a very keen gardener and creator of the garden at Alnwick Castle, was impressed by her first visit to the show. She said that the show was much larger than she expected and the quality of the exhibits and gardens was to a very high standard.

All in all this years Harrogate Spring Flower Show was a great success and continues not only to be a popular show here in Yorkshire but is also now regarded as one on the most prestigious flower shows in the entire country.

Work is now well under way on the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show which takes place from September 16th-18th.

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