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2020 Show Gardens

Each week in the run up to the 2020 Harrogate Spring Flower Show we will be showcasing our fantastic show garden and Square Yards designs. This week we discover our Zen with a design by Nicholas Edward Gardens.

Time to Reflect

Taking time to reflect means slowing down long enough to stop, decipher the meaningful and discard the rest. This design aims to create a place in which you can do just that.

Part of a larger garden, it is a low maintenance, all weather space with unmistakably Zen influences. It centres on a canopy and sets architectural specimen planting, trees, boulders and a reflective pool among raked gravel.

Deliberately stripped back planting and furnishings create an uncluttered space to help heal the cluttered mind.

Size: 6m x 5m
Designer: Nicholas Edward Gardens
Sponsors: J A Jones & Sons; The Stone Warehouse

Macmillan Legacy Garden 

This garden aims to provide an intimate, quiet and reflective space where people can consider their legacy, either alone or with their families.

It draws inspiration from the architectural features of ecclesiastical buildings where soaring ceilings give a sense of space, stained glass washes changing light through the space and cloisters provide space for quiet reflection.

A simple grid of trees creates a meditative pathway around a nature-filled woodland filled with planting from the Macmillan palette of green, white and purple. Features include a tree-lined walkway and graduated water bowls.

Size: 10m x 8m
Designer: Oliver Rutman Garden Design and Colin Griffin Design Studio
Sponsors: Macmillan Cancer Support


This garden celebrates the sun as the keystone to sustaining all living things on earth.

The main feature is a wooden sun sculpture providing a backdrop to the garden, complete with seating area allowing visitors to sit next to sun, feel its warmth and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. A fire pit replicates the warmth of its rays, even at night.

Planting is largely native species in greens, whites and yellows, including trees and flowering bulbs.

Size: 6m x 6m
Designer: Morgan’s Estate Management
Sponsors: Johnson’s of Whixley; MKM Building Supplies; Duffield Timber

Three Little Pigs

The cautionary tale of the Three Little Pigs is the inspiration for this year's fun garden by students and staff at the Harrogate-based educational charity Horticap.

Their garden will bring to life the story of three pigs, who each built a house from different materials to keep the big bad wolf at bay.

The garden will recreate life-sized versions of the straw, stick and brick houses, each planted with its own seasonal garden - but what will happen when the wolf begins to huff and puff?

Size: 8m x 6m

Designer: Horticap Ltd

Exploring the Wild Wood

Taking us back to the days of adventure in the woods, this garden hopes to rekindle our imaginations as we rediscover nature.

Using elements of biophilic design, the garden aims to provide a place for stories to be told, fantastical creatures to be imagined and families to re-engage with the natural world around them.

Planting is evocative of a spring woodland in soft greens, gold, blue and silver using a mix of cultivsted and native species that are both robust for the northern climate and good food sources for pollinators.

Size: 10m x 10m

Designer: Kirklees Council