If you’ve visited the UK in summer then you would have noticed the flowers everywhere! The British have a real adoration for everything bloomy and that is why you will see them everywhere, from hanging plants outside a pub in central London, to meticulously presented fields in the lush midlands.
If you’re planning a trip to London or any other English city this spring, then you should seriously consider a trip to the Harrogate Flower Show in North Yorkshire if you’re blooming crazy about buds and blossoms. It could be a great weekend getaway from the “Old Smoke”, as you replace the hustle and bustle of London with some natural flower power and gardening tips from the best in the business to boot!
When & Where?
The Harrogate Flower Show is held twice a year, in spring and autumn, and this spring it will take place between the 25th and the 28th of April 2013 at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, about 350 km away from London.
You will get the chance to see around 90 of Britain’s best horticultural nurseries fighting for the coveted Premier Award, as well as for the NEHS Trophy for Best-In-Show. You can buy beautiful plants grown by these specialists, and you will find out everything you need about growing and maintaining your plants for a healthier and beautiful garden. In case you are planning to move to a house with a big garden or your old yard needs a facelift, you can draw inspiration from the work showcased by the UK’s best and most talented landscapers and garden designers.
The Harrogate Flower Show is considered to be one of the best flower shows in Europe, and it acts as a trend-setter in the gardening world. It is the perfect opening event for the beginning of spring in the UK showcasing the trends to look forward to for the rest of the Northern Hemisphere’s gardening season.
The main attractions are the early season tulip show, the daffodil show and the flower marquees that provide breath-taking displays arranged by flower artisans. Here you will get a great opportunity to buy arts and crafts, tasteful gardening accessories, and some delicious genuine country foods.
If you want to pamper yourselves, try the VIP experience for only £99, which will allow you to relax in the lounge and in the marquee, receiving the highlights of the show from a team member. You will have coffee before seeing the show, and at lunchtime you will be one of the guests who are served a three course meal and wine. This price also includes the show ticket, a VIP parking place, refreshments served in the afternoon and the complimentary show catalogue. You also have the option of enjoying a scrumptious breakfast menu in pure British style or an afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches and assorted cakes.
There is a special package for Sunday, the last day of the show, and a gift pack that includes two tickets to the show, preferential car parking and the show catalogue. The show will be open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
(4.30 pm on Sunday) and the ticket fee is £16.50 (£14.50 on Sunday), the under 16s have free admission and the onsite parking is free. For more information and bookings, visit www.flowershow.org.uk/buy-tickets
You can be sure that the 2013 Harrogate Flower Show will be an unforgettable and a very special day, organized by and for garden lovers, in a traditional English way. Forget the stress and the hustle and bustle of the city, and treat yourself to a great outdoor experience at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show!
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