Harrogate Flower Show 2013
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show was recently ranked in the top three of Britain's best gardening events. It is the foremost independent Autumn Show and is a great day out for all garden lovers and it's easy to see why.
From amazing giant vegetables, stunning show gardens, perfect plant displays and expert demonstrations, it offers everything you need to create your own special garden space. Garden planning begins in the autumn and you can take away everything you need to plan your garden for the growing season ahead.
Marshalls were there with our unique market stall and our Autumn Planting Onions Shallots and Garlic. There is such a lot to see and do at the Harrogate Show with a little bit for everyone from cookery demonstrations and tasting sessions to show gardens and floral art for those who enjoy the more ornamental side of gardening. We were pleased to see so many of our customers who came to say hello to Amy, Sophie, James and Jonathan, it is so nice to be able to chat to our customers face to face and find out what you like about us - and what you don't like too! Being a mail order company means we don't often get the chance to interact with customers so these shows are a very important part of our year.
At the Show
The National Vegetable Championships were held at the Harrogate Show this year and there were 26 classes with exhibitors from all across the country. This is one of the most prestigious Vegetable Championships and attracts the country's top growers who were competing for the most coveted titles. There were classes for everything from tomatoes, carrots, cauliflowers, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and chillis and all have to meet rigorous standards. The competition attracts nearly 500 entries to what is one of the world's finest vegetable shows.
Giant Vegetables - if growing these monsters interests you then you would not have been disappointed here! The giant vegetable competition was bigger than ever this autumn. Last year Champion grower Peter Glazebrook broke his own record with the world's first ever 18lb onion! He won again this year with a whopping 15lbs 1.5oz, I'm sure he'll be at it again next year too!
Also weighing in at this year's show were the heaviest marrows, cabbages, carrots, leeks, beetroots, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes and parsnips.
Not content with growing the enormous veg there was a competition to cook with them too! Top chefs from across the region prepared a monster menu in a bid to set a new world record, a team of 11 chefs raced to cook an huge total of 105 dishes in one day - and all from one single giant cabbage!
It was a monster success and they managed to cook 106 dishes from just one cabbage in just over 4 hours to set a new world record! That's a lot of cabbage - I wonder what they'll come up with next year!