The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is one of two prestigious horticultural events held annually by the North of England Horticultural Society at the Great Yorkshire Showground. The second event is the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. The Autumn Flower Show is scheduled for Friday, 16 September to Sunday, 18 September 18, 2011. The show attracts nursery exhibitors from all around the country and has competitions, show gardens, and seasonal flowers and produce.
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The North of England Horticultural Society was set up in 1910 to promote northern England's horticulture. The Autumn Flower Show began in 1976 under the NEHS when the National Dahlia Society, the National Chrysanthemum Society and others organised a collective show. The show grew in size until 1995 when it relocated from the Exhibition Halls to the Great Yorkshire Showground. The show also increased its run from two to three days. The Autumn Show now attracts 35,000 visitors each year -- up 75 percent since 1995.
Nurseries compete to win the NEHS Best in Show prize and exhibitors show vegetables and flowers. The Flower Halls contain flower arrangements and designs in one of the largest marquees devoted to flower arranging in the country. The first Fruit Show at the autumn event where competitors entered various fruit categories took place in 2010. Show gardens in 2011 include the Centenary Show Garden and a variety of gardens created for the Garden Design competition.
Things to do
While the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is predominately a horticultural focused event, it also showcases arts, crafts, foods, drinks and shopping. The Foods Marquee has plenty of samples, restaurants, stalls and stands with local Yorkshire produce. The Shopping and Crafts area offers the chance to buy garden gadgets, ornaments and crafts for the home. The Children's Discovery Zone is a space for kids to learn about gardening from the experts, and provides a range of competitions and prizes.
The Great Yorkshire Showground is located to the south east of Harrogate on the A661. Free car parking and free shuttle buses to the show's main entrance are found next to the showground. A shuttle bus -- tickets must be bought -- also runs from Harrogate bus station direct to the showground. For train travellers, get off at the Hornbeam Park or Harrogate station stop on the Leeds to York line, which are one and two miles from the showground.
At the time of writing, tickets are not on sale for the 2011 Autumn Flower Show -- tickets for the Autumn Show go on sale after the Spring Show has taken place. Ticket prices range from £11 to £15, with cheaper tickets available through advanced purchase. The Show Catalogue costs £3.50 at the 2011 Spring Show. Tickets can be purchased online through the Harrogate Flower Show website, by telephone or by post. Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the show.
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