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100 years and still growing for North East plant nursery

21st September 2021

Family-run plant nursery Halls of Heddon is creating a fabulous feature display at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show to celebrate a century of growing in the North East.

Halls, which is based at Heddon on the Wall and Ovington, are renowned for their dahlia collection, and will be building an amazing display at the world-famous flower show using a vintage truck and willow figures to take visitors back to the birth of their business in 1921.

The nursery, which grows nearly 120,000 dahlias and chrysanthemums, was started by William Nicholson Hall and produced its first catalogue in 1931.

The business has gone from strength to strength and now grows more than 100,000 other plants alongside its showcase dahlias and chrysanthemums.

Halls of Heddon is now run by William’s grandchildren, David and Maxine Hall, who are regulars at Harrogate Flower Shows and known for their spectacular floral displays.

David Hall said: “We have been associated with Harrogate Flower Shows for as long as I can remember, in fact I used to help out there as a young boy. We have customers we see at every show and many of them have become friends over the years.

“The dahlias are particularly spectacular at this time of year and so, when we were thinking of ways to mark our Centenary, the opportunity to create a special feature display at Harrogate was a great way to celebrate.”

The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is being staged for the first time at its new home, Newby Hall & Gardens, from 17 -19 September 2021.

Set in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes, the show will be the first major national gardening event to include admission to award-winning gardens in the ticket price.

In addition to the special feature by Halls of Heddon, other attractions include a series of stunning floral art exhibits inspired by the beautiful interior of the stately home, a packed programme of live talks and demos, a world-famous giant vegetable competition and an ocean of autumn blooms.

Show Director Nick Smith said: “The fantastic work of British growers like Halls of Heddon is what has made horticulture such a phenomenon in this country, and the fact that their business is still going strong after 100 years is testament to the family’s skill and dedication. The fabulous displays created by Halls for our flower shows are always one of the highlights for our visitors. We are delighted to host such a wonderful celebration of their centenary and wish them every success for the next 100 years of growing.”

Prices: Adult *£22, Child (5-15 years) *£8, Child (under 5) free, Preferential Parking *£8 per car, General Parking free. Tickets are available to purchase online at

Editor’s notes: Harrogate Flower Shows are organised and run twice a year, in April and September, by the North of England Horticultural Society. The society announced the relocation of its autumn event to Newby Hall at the end of 2019. The spring flower show will remain at the Great Yorkshire Showground and will next be staged on 21 – 24 April 2022.