Harrogate Autumn Show - 2015

Once again I have had the privilege to attend another Harrogate Autumn Show.

Like last year the crowds were affected by ongoing major refurbishment of the Show Ground, where last year it was mainly the new car parking arrangements, this year it was the show ground itself.

For anyone who has visited the show in previous years they will know that the much of the exhibiting areas are under cover either in temporary marquees or in the two permanent main halls.

This year Hall 1 had been demolished to make way for a larger and more modern building.

This is scheduled to be ready for the opening of The Great Yorkshire Show in the summer of 2016, meaning that the Annual Spring Show in 2016 will be similarly affected as this show was.


The alterations meant the main gate used for the Flower Shows were closed as were its associated car parking.

The Trade stands that normally plied their trade in this area were all moved to an other area of the show ground.

This area had a few faults which regulars like myself may have noticed but people who were visiting may have not seen.

For example: The new area was on a grassed slope, and the area was smaller, meaning that the stall were closer together.

I found this was not too much an inconvenience to me, but it was to the disabled friend I attend these shows with in so far as the disabled parking area was further away than normal, and the grassy slope was slightly more difficult to walk on.

Having said that I think eveyone one involved with this logistical nightmare had done a wonderful job, and the weather was warm and sunny, so all in all it made for another good show as I wiil attempt to show you in this bolg.


Normally I would lay out my blogs in the manner I went around the show ground, but due to the changes in the site layout I did not follow a particular route this year.

To cater for this I am just going to lay the details out in the alphabetical order my files are in, and hope this does not cause too much confusion.


This is something I really admire,and as with most specialist growers a lot of patience and dedication is need to achieve success, and personally I think the people who practice this hobby have even more patience than most.

With many of the other 'Plant Hobbyists' their hobby basically lasts a year then they start again, but with the Bonsai growers, their exhibits are often the results of tens of year of care attention, as can be seen in some of these specimens.

As always click on the images to enlarge them.





I even noticed that someone in the British Fuchsia Society was also in on the act with this bonsaied fuchsia collection.


This is another hobby plant I like simply because of the colours and the scent that they sometimes produce.


Clara's Choice






Joanne's Highlight






Mikhael Gorbachev


Pam Franklin






Bob's Highlight






As always these benches are well filled and this year was no exception.

Because I have so many Chrysanthemum photos on file (many of which can be seen in my other blogs) and as time was pressing, I just took a few examples to display the quality of the blooms on display.

John Wingfield

Candy John Wingfield

Helen Louise

Rita Fox


I have to admit that I have a soft spot for these and because of this I get a bit 'snap happy' with my camera when I get among these, hence the number of photos I have taken.

Dahlia floral arrangements seem to be becoming quite a popular among Dahlia growers, could this mean that we might see more lady growers in future?





Cactus, Semi-Cactus & Fimbriated varieties:




Carol's Dancer


Hillcrest Candy


Normandy Trenches


Pink Jupiter


Rose Jupiter

Pom Pons:


Frank Holmes


Gurtla Twilight


Ivor's Rhonda


Small World


William Gregory


Willow's Violet

A look around the benches:


Barberry Pip


Harriet G


Lynn T


Marston Karen


Pat Knight


Polventon Kristobel






Weston Miss


Weston Stardust


Cherwell Goldcrest


Society Championship Winner

Floral Art:

The floral art section which is always well represented at this show is where clubs, individuals and college students take part.

A number of anniversaries are being celebrated this year for example; It is the Harrogate Shows 40th Anniversary and it is the 100th Aniversary of the WI (Woman's Institute) so approximately half the exhibits celebrated these events among others.

Because there were so many exhibits, each of which deserved displaying in this blog, I decided to display them in a slideshow format.

To engage the slide show click on the image above.

Thi British Fuchsia Society like many other societies take the opportunity to hold their annual championships at this show, here are some of the displays from some of these societies.

Please accept my apologies if my displays for these societies is somewhat brief, but it would just be impossible in the time I had available to take as many pictures as I would have liked.

I hope the pictures I do display do the various societies justice.



Angela King


Border Raider


Countess of Aberdeen


Like the Dahlias there seems to be a sway to flower arrangements in the Gladioli world as can be seen here:







Rose Society:

This society seems to be struggling a bit to get stuff on the show benches, could this be an age thing?

Is the younger generation going for the more 'blousy' hobby plants rather than Roses?

National Vegetable Championships:

As vegetable shows go this is the largest in the north of England and many member societies of the NVS hold their annual championships here.

Generally these cover National Vegetable Championships, Specific Vegetable Society Championships, Heaviest Vegetable Championships including the largest Onion which is a well sought after prize.

In the past the world record has been broken many times here at Harrogate, but not this year.

Society Classes


3 Exhibition Onions



3 Exhibition Onions



2 Blanch Leeks



2 Pot Leeks



3 Long Carrots


3 Long Parsnips


Collection of 6 Different Vegetables


Master Gardener Class

Heaviest Vegetable Classes


Heaviest 3 Onions

17.75 kg (39.12 lbs)



Heaviest Onion

6.615 kg (14.58 lbs)


Heaviest Leek

6.2 kg (13.67lbs)

Heaviest Potato

1.81 kg (3lb 15.5 )oz


Heaviest Cabbage

24.2 Kg (53.35 lbs)


Heaviest Tomato

2.42 kg (5lb 3.3 oz)


Heaviest Pumpkin

123 kg (271.17 lbs)

A Trug of Vegetables

Trade Stands

As always there are the trade stands where the astute gardener can often pick up a bargain or a plant they might have always wanted.

Again there were too many to photograph so here are a few that caught my eye.













There was one trade that really stood out and that was the animals sculpted with driftwood and fallen tree branches, so I considered this was well worth an entry into my blog.






Demonstration Gardens

This year there were fewer of these than normal but it might be fair to assume that this could be put down to the lack of space created by the renovation works on the site.

The organisers included 'Inspiration Street' a feature they introduced last year.

From what I can gather these gardens were liked by the general public last year possibly because they offered many ideas that they could take home and create in their own gardens.

Harvest & Hedgerows: Produce, Pick, Preserve.

A garden devoted to extending the harvest into winter and beyond, with its raised beds and 'preservation station'


Black and Green

A contemporary garden featuring an 'S' curve and yin yang sides to the garden.

The lush green artificial grass contrasts nicely with the smooth black stone paving.

The 'L' shaped bench provides a place to sit and admire the garden.


Stepping Stones in Suburbia

This garden features a traditional dry stone wall complete with waterfall that makes it a haven for both wildlife and the garden's owner.


The Urban Potager / Kitchen Garden.

A simple metal archway welcomes you into the garden lined with raised beds and planters.

The gravel pathway doubles as a productive herb garden.


The Quirky Cottage Garden

This cottage garden offers a few surprises with globes that look like stone by day and illuminate the garden by night.

The wooden obelisks add height to the garden and a small seating area offers a place to relax.

The evergreen and seasonal planting surrounds rustic quartz paving.

.....and that concludes my blog about Harrogate Autumn Show 2015.

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