“Instant” garden inspiration at the Great Yorkshire Show

The creation of a complete cottage garden in just 45 minutes will be one of the spectacles for visitors to enjoy in the popular horticultural section of the 2016 Great Yorkshire Show, along with talks, demonstrations and a stunning array of gardening excellence. The section has a new location, near the busy Blue Entrance, creating a gardening hub which will have plenty to interest and inspire.

NB: Image available to download at bottom of release

The Great Yorkshire Show, England’s premier agricultural event, runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July, and brings together all aspects of country life and the horticultural section is an important part of that, attracting exhibitors and visitors to Harrogate from across the country. The prestigious Doncaster Trophy for the best in show will certainly be on the minds of exhibitors as they prepare for the event.

In what is a new venture, students from Askham Bryan College at York have taken on the challenge of working against the clock to create an “instant” garden not once but twice a day and on all three show days. In less than an hour they will build a cottage garden, from bare plot to blooming garden, complete with fence, patio, lawn and border. As the clock ticks, they will erect a picket fence, lay the patio and turf, and plant out a border with cottage-style perennials under the guidance of garden designer Nigel Harrison.

The garden will be left in place for an hour or two to allow visitors to enjoy it before it is dismantled ready for the next 45-minute challenge. Nigel Harrison said: “This shows how a space can be transformed very quickly and it is amazing how different it looks and how much can be achieved in a short space of time.”  It is complemented by three show gardens, presenting three completely different styles, courtesy of Hibiscus Gardens and Landscapes, Leeds & District Allotment Gardeners’ Federation and the Yorkshire At Heart Garden.

Amongst the visiting VIPs is BBC TV gardener Carol Klein who will officially open the Garden Show and present the trophies to award winners, as well as having the opportunity to look round the many exhibits and chat to growers. Later in the day she will give a talk on the stage in the garden show marquee on the subject of summer perennials. 

The packed programme of talks and demonstrations will provide something for everyone, whatever the interest - fruit or flowers, vegetables or unusual plants. The delights and demands of gardening for royalty will be shared by former Royal gardener and horticultural expert Jim Buttress, and BBC Radio York hosts a daily Gardeners’ Forum. The latest innovations in growing fruit and vegetables will be shared by David Allison, while Wacks Wicked Plants offer the intriguingly-named, “Love at First Bite”. There will be impressive displays of horticulture at its best, including chrysanthemums, delphiniums, dahlias and a different “look” courtesy of Flowers from the Farm, the nationwide network of cut flower growers as well as stands selling everything from compost and cuttings, to garden sheds and furniture, hammocks and jacuzzis.

Wednesday sees the presentation to the winner of the School Veg Box competition and the programme closes with the results of the People’s Choice Award; over the three days visitors are invited to become judges and vote for their favourite display or exhibit. The winner will be announced at 4pm on Thursday afternoon.

The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate when around 130,000 visitors are expected. Tickets are now on sale – for the latest details see below and www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk 


23 July 2016

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager judyt@yas.co.uk or 01423 546215

If you wish to apply for press passes to the Great Yorkshire Show, please complete the online application form on our website, by Wednesday 6 July 2016 - http://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/media/press-passes


Great Yorkshire Show 2016 Ticket Prices

                                    Advanced Prices                               Gate Price
                                    (until Weds 6 July)

Adult                           £23                                                      £27

Child                           £10                                                      £13

Family (2 adults
& 3 children)             
£56                                                      £67

Parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.


The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity which supports farming and the agricultural industry. This will be the 158th Great Yorkshire Show Dates are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July The venue is The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire It is England’s premier agricultural event This will be Charles Mill’s first year as Show Director. He has been involved in the Great Yorkshire Show and the Society for almost two decades


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling