As excitement builds for the Yorkshire start of ‘the Tour’, exhibitors at the UK’s most prestigious independent flower show are preparing to add a little joie de vivre to their displays.

Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground from 24th to 27th April 2014, the spring flower show will feature beautiful new show gardens created especially for the event by talented designers and including some following a ‘Tour’ theme. With more large scale designs than ever before this year, the gardens will offer plenty of ideas and inspiration to suit a wide range of homes and tastes.  

The show is also famous for fabulous displays by over 100 leading plant nurseries. This year’s theme for the most innovative exhibit is also a tribute to the famous cycling event - On your bike and pedal!

New for 2014 is a competition for Pocket Gardens showcasing community projects across the region, with 1m x 1m plots offering a window into their work for thousands of visitors to the show. Each Pocket Garden will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze, with prizes for the top three.

Children's activities include hands-on fun in Gardening with Nature, where budding gardeners can put their green fingers to work on seed sowing to turn Yorkshire yellow for ‘The Tour’ with a team from RHS Harlow Carr. Willow weaving, mini-wormeries, wildlife-themed crafts and quizzes, plus a Spot It show trail are also planned.

The hands on Have a Go section has been expanded this year to offer the opportunity to try floristry techniques as part of the floral art demonstrations, as well as learning new gardening skills with students from the Askham Bryan College Harrogate Centre. A team of volunteers and friends from Helmsley Walled Garden will also be offering ‘back to basics’ tips on the best ways to take a cutting of your favourite shrub or re-pot an overgrown houseplant, plus lots of planting and seed sowing.

The spring show hosts Britain’s biggest exhibition of floral art. Among the 150 painstakingly prepared individual works of art will be flower arrangements themed On your bike and floristry celebrating Vive le vélo. Large displays created by flower clubs from across the country will take visitors on a trip to Europe, through famous book titles like A Year in Provence and Driving Over Lemons.

Live entertainment at the show includes talks, tips and gardening chat in the Dig It Garden Theatre, plus expert growing advice from the Kitchen Garden Live team. Our chefs in the Plot to Pot Cookery Theatre will also present a daily menu of delicious dishes.

With thousands of high-quality garden products, unique handmade crafts, lovely gifts and specialist regional foods, this really is the perfect day out for garden lovers and shoppers.

Tickets:

Thursday to Saturday: £14.50*,  £17 on the gate

Sunday: £12.50*, £15 on the gate

(under 16’s free if accompanied by an adult)

*reduced entry applies, if booked before noon on 15th April.  A single £1 postage and admin fee applies per order.

Visit: www.flowershow.org.uk

Telephone: 01423 546157