The 12 gardens along The Avenue include large-scale professional designs and three Community Spirit entries, from charities and gardening groups.
Themes include a bubbling waterside garden, a writer’s retreat and a ‘take home’ design for a small space. Nature also features strongly among the designs including a wildlife haven and a community plot promoting nature’s healing powers.
Gold Awards in the Professional Category went to:
- Sheffield-based Bestall & Co Landscape Design, who also won Best in Show, for Perennial Embrace, a modern space for relaxation and contemplation;
- A Yorkshire Roof Garden inspired by stunning views over the historic city of York, from Paxman Landscapes UK, Huddersfield;
- It’s Still Me, a garden for people living with dementia, by students at Riseholme and Bishop Burton Colleges.
In the Community Spirit category, there was Gold success for Horticap Ltd, of Harrogate, who created a tribute to the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a garden called The Beaches, The Fields and The Streets.
Harrogate Spring Flower Show opened on 23 April at the Great Yorkshire Showground and runs until Sunday 26 April.