Blooming Brilliant: Harrogate Flower Show

The Harrogate Flower Show is a twice yearly event where exhibitors show the very best in local horticulture, from fabulous flowers in a multitudinous array of colours to intriguing and enormous vegetables.

These shows are regarded by many as two of the most prestigious independent gardening events, one held in spring and one in autumn. The events are staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground and they bring the green-fingered from far and wide.

So what can you expect if you pay a visit to the Harrogate Flower Shows?


The Spring Flower Show

At the Spring Flower Show the Great Yorkshire Showground comes alive with colour, as a plethora of exhibitors display their fantastic creations for the thousands of visitors this event draws in.

As well as bouquets, baskets and planters at the Spring Flower Show you can visit an array of carefully designed gardens, pristinely landscaped and featuring excruciatingly chosen blooms, bushes, trees and shrubs. Professional landscape designers are judged against each other and now there are also categories for community or college displays, giving the chance for more local people to show what they are capable of when it comes to creating beautiful outdoor spaces.

A ‘landscaping live’ exhibition is also part of the spring show, which has been called Britain’s best gardening event by Which?Gardening. It is evidently worth a visit when spring comes around.


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The Autumn Flower Show

Autumn is also a great season for gardening as harvest arrives and this time of year is celebrated by Harrogate’s other horticultural event, the Autumn Flower Show.
Despite this being a time when the temperature is dropping and the first golden leaves are falling from the deciduous trees, there is still plenty of vibrant plant-life. The autumn show exhibits show gardens just like in spring, plus plant nursery displays, floral art, horticultural displays of special educational or scientific interest, plus some huge vegetables!

The giant vegetables are a big draw to this event, and you can expect to come face to face with humungous marrows, gigantic cabbages, weighty potatoes and unusually long runner beans.

This show also awards the top exhibitors and competition is stiff – just like the giant root vegetables involved.

Celebrity chefs will also be on hand and presenting their ideas of how best to cook the finest autumnal ingredients.

The next autumn show will be held between 12-14 September.

A VIP Experience

If you like the idea of Harrogate’s flower shows but you imagine a day trudging through mud, then think again. A day at the Great Yorkshire Showground in either spring or autumn can be a true VIP experience from beginning to end.

If you invest in the VIP treatment at Harrogate Flower Show (prices vary depending on what you choose) ,you can start your day with a delicious luxury breakfast, move on to high tea, a glass of bubbly or two and even a decadent Sunday lunch – and this is silver service stuff. If you fancy a treat this could be an ideal way to experience the event.

Whether you choose to go VIP or not you’re sure to have a great time if you are interested in gardening, or simply appreciate a bit of beauty in the world. And thankfully in Harrogate we can do just that twice a year at the blooming brilliant Harrogate Flower Shows.