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There is an unmistakable air of joie de vivre at this year’s Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

As excitement builds for this year’s Grand Depart of the Tour De France, designers and exhibitors have been inspired by the world famous cycling race. One nursery display is entitled “Le Tour de Nora Batty’s Garden” and features a pair of the TV character’s stockings hung out to dry.

Model Charlotte Wood  from Richmond wearing 'Fifty Shades of Green' an Emerald Anniversary hat made from  flowers and foliage  made by  florist Lucy Hutton Smith at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Model Charlotte Wood from Richmond wearing 'Fifty Shades of Green' an Emerald Anniversary hat made from flowers and foliage made by florist Lucy Hutton Smith at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show

“The idea was a garden that the Tour De France would pass by and because Last of the Summer Wine is based in Yorkshire we decided it should be Nora’s garden,” said Jodi Swanson, of Letham Plants, in East Lothian, which has created the display.

Today finishing touches were being put to exhibits and show gardens ahead of the event, which opens today and runs until Sunday, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate.

Loraine Hart, of Harts Nursery, said the lovely Spring weather had been a bonus. “Everything is growing well, all the lilies are coming out lovely,” she said.

There are a number of large-scale show gardens, while a community garden created by Harrogate’s Horticap, celebrates thirty years of the charity. Community groups have also been invited to create their own pocket gardens on small plots.

Lorraine Hart  from Harts Nursery in Cheshire arranging  her display of lillies at

Lorraine Hart from Harts Nursery in Cheshire arranging her display of lillies at

It also features exhibitions of flower arranging and today members of The Yorkshire Flower Club were putting together their floral interpretation of BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Nick Smith, flower show director, said: “We have reached a few milestones of our own here at the show this year, increasing the range of large-scale show gardens along The Avenue, introducing new pocket gardens to enable community groups to showcase their valuable work and launching a series of new ‘meet the gardener’ talks in the Dig It Garden Theatre.”