Harrogate Spring Show 2018

Harrogate Spring Flower Show is the first big event in the gardening calendar, welcoming the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in horticulture.

The West Yorkshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society has had a display at the Spring and Autumn Shows for many years and has won many accolades over the years. This year we were awarded a Silver Gilt.

Again we had a circular stand, with a central urn feature and path going across the display. The stand attracted a lot of attention and was much admired.

There were over one hundred different species of spring flowering plants and shrubs.

One of our members, Peter Williams lent us two beautiful plants:

Syneilesis aconitifolia, commonly called shredded umbrella plant, is an herbaceous perennial of the aster family that is native to hillside forest margins and slopes in China, Korea, Japan and eastern Russia. It is one of Peter’s prized plants.

Paeonia japonica came into flower during the show. Peter sourced the seed from Japan.

Alan Wilson, another of our members lent us this magnificent example of Convallaria majalis ‘Variegata’, (variegated Lily of the Valley).

Kate van Heel our membership secretary lent us Wulfenia carinthiaca. This is a  seldom-seen rock garden plant, native to the Albanian Alps.

Pat Inman our secretary and Harrogate Show leader, contributed the beautiful Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink.

Lastly, our chairman Sue Gray contributed the lovely Anemone pavonia.

Apologies for the blurred images but my camera struggles with shades of red, as confirmed by Peter Williams who won 1st prize in the HPS photographic competition last year (2017). Click here for the winning image,

To read more about building the display please read my blog. Click here for the link.

Harrogate Autumn Show 2017

The autumn show brought a well-deserved Silver-Gilt medal to the West Yorkshire Team. The switch to a circular stand worked very well and showed off the plants very well. The location was better than we have been given in previous years too – close to the main entrance of the Societies part Floral Pavilion.

The main theme was Persicarias, interlaced with many complementary hardy plants and the result drew many appreciative comments from Show-goers. Many commented on the fact that these were plants they could reasonably expect to grow in their own gardens, and how helpful it was to see what could be achieved ‘in real life’.

Judges’ comments indicated that the stand missed Gold only because they would have liked to have seen any bare soil covered in moss (why?) and they would have enjoyed more trailing plants hanging over the sides. All in all a very impressive performance by the team!

Here are some detail pictures of the stand, by Ruth Baumberg:

Harrogate Spring Show 2017

Harrogate Flower Show, we were awarded a Silver Medal judges feedback – Labelling great, educational display excellent, plant display fine but they didn’t like the white background & having a table either side of the plants display made it look disjointed! As the large euphorbias were green they looked much better against white as a black background would have dulled it! It did attract a lot of admiring interest which is what we aim for!