IF you fancy a run-out at the weekend, I can recommend the Harrogate Spring Flower Show – I was there for the opening yesterday.
It’s just been voted Britain’s best flower show by Which? magazine, beating even Chelsea, and runs until Sunday.
There’s double the number of show gardens offering ideas and inspiration, including a recycling-themed plot from students at Finchale College, in Durham.
There’s displays from more than 100 of the UK’s leading nurseries, plus talks and tips in the Dig It Garden Theatre from the Kitchen Garden Live team.
There’s loads to keep non-gardeners entertained, with hand-made crafts, gifts and specialist regional foods.
Volunteers from the Groundwork Trust show you how to build a sustainable greenhouse from old two-litre pop bottles.
The show also hosts Britain’s biggest floral art marquee.
There are als VIP days, Bucks Fizz breakfasts, afternoon teas and Sunday lunch, served in an exclusive private marquee.
Show tickets, catalogue and preferential parking are also included.
For more details, call 01423 546 157.
It’s held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ and there’s free onsite parking.
Tickets are available every day on the gate: today and tomorrow £16.50 (9.30am-5.30pm); Sunday £14.50 (9.30am-4.30pm, £8 after 2pm), under 16s free when accompanied by an adult, students £8. Plant sell-off from 4pm Sunday.
For more information, visit www.flowershow.org.uk.