Celebrating the best of British Flowers at Harlow Carr

Thursday 11 June 2015

Beautiful Yorkshire-grown cut flowers will take centre stage at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate during British Flowers Week (15 – 19 June).

Now in its third year, British Flowers Week is a national celebration of seasonal, locally grown flowers and foliage organised by New Covent Garden Flower Market in London. 2015 marks the first-ever northern celebration of cut flowers and is designed to show the variety and abundance of Yorkshire-grown flowers, and demonstrate what can be done with them artistically.

Gill Hodgson, regional co-ordinator from Flowers from the Farm for Yorkshire and the North East, is coordinating the Harrogate-based event on behalf of more than 30 northern cut-flower growers and floral designers.

On Wednesday 17 June, Gill and a team of local growers and designers will ‘dress’ five sites around Harlow Carr with cut-flower displays. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a series of practical demonstrations that will allow them to find out first hand how to sow seeds from scratch and learn about the many creative uses for cut flowers. These include the traditional crafts of buttonhole making and flower decoration, and more unusual creations such as flower beards and flower crowns.

Gill said: “There is a renaissance in the British flower-growing community. British flowers are in demand more than ever and here in Yorkshire we have many local flower growers - those with dedicated flower farms and fields, those with smaller plots and those who grow from their gardens. British Flowers Week is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the huge variety of flowers that can be grown in Yorkshire and the North East, and to show people the creative uses they can be put to.

“Buying your flowers from local producers is not only good for the environment, as they don’t need to be transported long distances, it’s also great news for the local economy, as regional growers typically employ local labour.”

Sarah Statham, a floral designer from Yorkshire, said: “British flowers are beautiful to grow and are superb to work with. Scented, textural and beautiful, there is nothing standard or mass produced about a locally grown flower that hasn't been flown halfway around the world. Each flower is exquisite and that's why we can create such breathtaking displays for homes and events.”

To find out more about British Flowers Week at RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr or call 0845 265 8070.

For advice on growing your own cut flowers visit www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk  

To find out more about the week visit www.britishflowersweek.com
PHOTO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Please contact Ali Aston, Marketing & PR Executive on 01423 724693 or email aliaston@rhs.org.uk or Sasha Jackson on 01423 724651, email sashajackson@rhs.org.uk

A series of photographs will be published every day during British Flowers Week to highlight the abundance of flowers that can be grown in Britain.


Notes to editors

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £8.95
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £7.95

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing over 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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