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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Winning-lawn George doesn't let the grass grow beneath his feet

Dedicated gardener ... George Leith
Knaresborough resident George Leith has been highly commended for his beautiful garden in a top lawn competition.

Each year petrol engine manufacturer for lawnmowers and outdoor equipment Briggs & Stratton seeks Britain’s best lawn to honour the hours that gardeners dedicate to their greens spaces. This year saw the tenth anniversary of the award, so the competition was stronger than ever.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Green-fingered residents get garden boost, thanks to compost wins

Four green fingered residents will be giving their growing gardens a boost after winning hot composters.

The garden aid works in the same way as a traditional compost bin where food waste is added and compost is produced but its contents reach higher temperatures, speeding up the process. This means cooked and processed food can be added.

Sandra Donnelly from Northallerton, Neil Thompson from Hutton Rudby, Hilary Loble from Stokesley and David Turner from Great Smeaton won the competition during last week's National Compost Week. 

Recycling officer Jennifer Lowes said: "Composting organic waste at home reduces the waste we send to landfill significantly reducing carbon emissions plus you get the benefit of producing something for free."

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Fast-paced student gardening demo takes root at flower show

Students from Askham Bryan College will race against the clock to demonstrate how to build a garden in just 60 minutes at this year's Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Big Allotment Challenge takes root at flower show with programme judges

Jonathan Moseley.
Big Allotment Challenge judges Jonathan Moseley and Jim Buttress will give a glimpse of life behind the scenes on the programme on the opening day of the Harrogate Spring Flower Show which runs from 23 – 26 April.

Jonathan, who is the flower expert, and Jim, who presides over the grow element of the allotment challenge, will team up for a special talk in the Dig It Garden Theatre at 2pm.

Monday, 17 February 2014

RHS garden visitors in for a tweet during nestbox week

Staff from Royal Horticultural Society's Harlow Carr receive handmade nestboxes from members of Horticap, as part of National Nestbox Week which is under way.
The society is supporting the programme by holding a bird detective day with members of the British Trust of Ornithology this Sunday (23 February).
As part of its half-term events, visitors can watch experts from the trust and East Dales Ringing Group catch, ring and record the birds at the garden’s hide, as part of a survey.
Horticap, a charity garden which provides training for people with learning disabilities, got invoved with the national week by making new nestboxes for Harlow Carr, enabling it to donate its older stock to the Pinewoods Conservation Group and help improve overall wildlife in the Harrogate district.
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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Nick sets out to build on major flower show successes

The new director of Harrogate Flower shows aims to build on the success to date of the twice-yearly events which feature highly on the UK garedening calendar.

Nick Smith said: "I am looking forward to working with both the show team and our exhibitors to build on that tremendous success and ensure that our visitors will continue to find all the ideas and inspiration they need, as well as enjoying a great day out.”

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A rose by any other colour

Gardeners across Yorkshire are being encouraged to swap the county's emblematic white roses for yellow ones in honour of next year's Tour de France.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Gardening folks will dig this event

York's green-minded folks are being invited to celebrate a year of community gardening on Saturday (31 August) at Glen Gardens in Heworth.

Dig In is a community gardening project from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, aiming to help communities set up their own gardens and growing spaces.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Flower show ready to burst into colour

It's rated in Britain’s top three best gardening events by readers of Which?Gardening and now Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is set to get bigger and better this year when it returns from 13-15 September, according to organisers.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

A rubbish offer to delight gardeners

Green-minded gardeners in Hambleton and Richmondshire are being offered the opportunity to buy cut-price compost bins but only while stocks last.

The offer is being made by the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership scheme which says that using the bins, priced £18 for a 220 litre and £20 for a 330 litre, including delivery, creates nutritious compost and reduces the amount of rubbish destined for landfill.

Further information: and for advice on composting and how to reduce food and garden waste, contact the North Yorkshire Rotters on 01609 532045 or

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Let more of the wildlife in, Vanessa urges local gardeners

A wildlife day is being organised at Stillingfleet Lodge, near York, to give people tips on how to share even the smallest of garden spaces with animals, birds and insects.

The event is being organised by Vanessa Cook who has been encouraging wildlife into her four acre garden for more than 35 years.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

There's no place like gnome

A garden gnome is lurking in the Royal Horticultural Society's most northerly gardens at Harrogate following the lifting of a ban on the creatures at the organisation's Chelsea Flower Show.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

RHS Harlow Carr is bursting with colour and advice for gardeners

The place for gardening advice this
weekend: RHS Harlow Carr.
The Royal Horticultural Society is helping get the gardening season off to a flying start with a plant fair at its most northerly attraction this Sunday (5 May).

Friday, 19 April 2013

Familiar regional landmarks feature in floral extravaganza

Thousands of folks will be descending
 on Harrogate for the floral spectacle.
The Yorkshire landscape and famous landmarks are set to feature strongly among the show gardens being created for the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, which will draw the visitors from 25 – 28 April.

Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the floral spectacle will feature a record 17 gardens, all offering ideas and inspiration for those planning the perfect outdoor space.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Flower show's greenhouse project definitely has a lotta bottle

The team at this year's Harrogate Spring Flower Show is on the hunt for 2,000 plastic drinks bottles — that can be used for visitors to build a greenhouse.

By the end of the show, from 25 – 28 April at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the team plans to have built a full-sized two by three metre greenhouse capable of growing anything from cucumbers to carnations.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Opportunity to see rare orchids

Photo by Harrogate Orchid Society.
Rare orchids go on display at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow Carr site over the 16 – 17 March weekend.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Gardening fans will dig this Dales charity seeds scheme

Green-fingered folks who are planning their garden can help raise money for vital conservation work in the Dales.

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has teamed up with Suttons Seeds to raise money to support the charity’s work caring for the landscape, environment and communities.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Our county's bloomin' marvellous

The county is blooming with a riot of colour and pride. That's the verdict from judges of this year's Yorkshire in Bloom contest.

Communities were praised for their community spirit in what turned out to be a record year despite poor weather.

The contest attracted 270 entries from villages, towns, cities and coastal resorts and a host of organisations that included churches, racecourses, schools and universities. And North Yorkshire was well represented in the honours list.

Ripon and Starbeck took gold in the urban communities, towns and small cities categories, York won the cities section and Whitby and Scarborough took the honours in the coastal resorts category.

Youngsters at Whitby's Stakesby community primary school took the young people’s award category while Hunmanby school received young person awards.

Also picking up awards were Brian and Vi Waining of Hunmanby in Bloom; Brenda Anderson of Ripon in Bloom and Geoff Wilson of Whitby in Bloom.

More than 400 guests heard the winners announced at York racecourse.

The weather posed several challenges for entrants, according to Yorkshire in Bloom chairman Brendan Mowforth. He said: “One cannot be involved with any outdoor activity this year without thinking about the weather.

“The wettest for 100 years, it set even greater challenges for our entries. However, through the dedication of communities, involving many volunteers, the environment of Yorkshire has been improved.”

The competition, which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society, is now in its 45th year. Yorkshire is among 17 regions in Britain taking part in the national campaign.

The full list of results can be seen at the Yorkshire in Boom site by clicking here.