Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018

After an amazing trip to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show last September, I couldn’t resist coming back for the Spring show.

This year was bigger and better than ever. There was everything you could imagine, from demonstrations by top people in the biz to best in show daffodils.

The creations that florists and flower arrangers entered into the competition categories this year were incredible, and there was something amazing around every corner. This was definitely one of the highlights for me last time round so I couldn’t wait to see what was in store this year!

My favourite category of the show was ‘knock knock’ where entrants were asked to give a different take on a door wreath. The pieces were presented on identical navy doors in the floral pavilion, and were gaining (rightly so!) a lot of attention throughout the day.

The one that really caught my eye was Aimie Holmes’ (Bishop Burton College) entry. She opted for mainly smaller blooms (which I’m a big fan of!) and her choice of colour palette was amazing.

All of the entries were absolutely wonderful, so I’ve popped a few pictures below so you can see how others interpreted the theme.

Bryony Wells of Bishop Burton College created this beautiful wreath using a lovely mix of natural wooden elements, pinks, lavenders and purples.

Louise Brown of Bishop Burton College took home the first place rosette with her amazing yellow creation. Using the bike wheel was inspired!

Andrea Ince of Tyne Metropolitan College created this fantastic wreath, filled with spring favourites and a perfect balance of yellow and purple.

The ‘kaleidoscope’ competition was also gaining a lot of attention, mainly due to John Hakwridge’s (Ripon Flower Club) entry. It won a first place rosette, which was well and truly deserved. John’s creation came with a little added extra – a fly eye attachment. Not only was the piece absolutely stunning, you could view it in even greater detail through the eye.

The show stoppers this year came in the form of room installations. The pieces were covered in the likes of the i paper and the Yorkshire Post, and have been all over social media this weekend.

Leafy Couture and Beamsley Blooms were just a couple of the main florists involved, and the final results were spectacular. A literal flower bed and a blooming bathroom greeted flower show goers as they entered the event room, and people couldn’t believe what they were seeing (myself included!).

There was a definite colour trend of pinks and purples at the show this year. I managed to get a few snaps of my favourite florals, from competition entries to bunches of blooms.

The flowers are always amazing but it’s the people who make the show. From volunteers to exhibitors, everyone is really passionate about what they do, and it’s a lovely day out. I can’t wait to head back to the Autumn show again in September!

1 Comment

  1. April 29, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Great blog not able to go this year so I’ve enjoyed reading this

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