Yesterday was the opening day of the Harrogate flower festival and was attended by thousands. The largest flower festival in Yorkshire attracted mighty 13,625 visitors, despite the rather overcast skies. Scores of local gardeners and florists showed off their creations and the first prize of the festival went to Sally Tierney from York. She won a gold award for her sustainable wildlife garden, from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
The Eco-friendly garden had been designed to attract various birds, bees and mammals, and also included a mosaic which had been created by Emma Abel, the New Zealand artist. Both this and the water feature designed by Suzanne Dekker were made from recycled or reclaimed materials.
Visitors also enjoyed cookery demonstrations by food experts, floral artwork from around the country, stalls selling local crafts and fine foods and gardeners giving demonstrations on how to successfully grow and fruit and vegetables.