Green shoots for Harrogate Flower Shows in 2021
Embargoed until 12.01am Tuesday 3 November 2020
Harrogate Flower Shows are sowing the seeds of hope for the UK gardening calendar with plans for a special Spring Essentials event in April.
Featuring flower show favourites like show gardens, plant nurseries and live theatres, the outdoor Covid-safe event will be the first major date in the 2021 gardening year, taking place from 22 - 25 April at the Great Yorkshire Showground.
“The pandemic has made all of us change the way we think and do things over the last few months and Harrogate Flower Shows are no different,” said Show Director Nick Smith.
“Looking forward to Spring 2021, it is becoming increasingly clear that in order to follow guidelines on social distancing, we need to adapt the show and make greater use of the many acres of green open space available at the showground. The result will be a fantastic day out offering visitors flower show features they love, plus all the essentials they need for the new growing season.”
He added: “One of things we have all learned this year is how important gardens and outdoor areas are to us. The pandemic may have limited many of our activities, but there is no limit on ideas, inspiration and the benefits of enjoying all that plants, gardens and nature have to offer.”
In addition to large scale show gardens, Square Yard pocket plots and plant displays, Harrogate Flower Show Spring Essentials will also include expert talks and demonstrations, home and gift wares, specialist foods and up to 100 garden shopping outlets.
Due to social distancing requirements, the number of visitors will be limited each day and tickets must be purchased in advance. E-tickets with timed arrival slots must be purchased online and will be on sale from Monday 9 November 2020 at www.flowershow.org.uk priced £15 until 28 February 2021 and £18 from 1 March.
1. Harrogate Flower Shows are organised and run by the North of England Horticultural Society, attracting up to 100,000 people across two annual events. Traditionally, the flower shows include a number of indoor, as well as outdoor, displays. Both shows were cancelled in 2020 due to efforts to combat coronavirus.
2. Marketing of the 2021 Harrogate Spring Flower Show began on 1 September, on the basis of Government advice that live events would resume again in England towards the end of 2020. Anyone who purchased a ticket for the originally advertised show will be issued with an automatic refund.