For many gardeners, the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show more or less marks the end of the gardening year – a flamboyant finale filled with colour and a sad reminder that things are going to get colder, darker and possibly a lot more miserable.
So there’s a lot to be said for making the most of this year’s show - the 40th – which takes place from September 18-20 and yet again features some of the finest things to be found in the world of horticulture – beautiful show gardens, stunning plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and garden shopping.
It also features the world-famous giant vegetable competition. Two world records and a British record were set in 2014. And the world record weigh-in for the heaviest onion starts at noon on Friday, September 18.
Not everyone is entranced by the thought of a monstrous tear-jerker so, thankfully, there are many more things to entice, including a new layout that includes a huge plant pavilion with nearly 80 plant nursery displays under the same roof for the first time.
There will also be plenty of chance to gain inspiration from autumn show gardens and quality plants to make you forget that winter is just around the corner.
Visitors to Gardening Hall 4 will also be able to enjoy the spectacle of Britain’s biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups. There will be more than 5,000 sumptuous autumn blooms, where colours and aromas combine to create an unforgettable experience and possibly inspire the more humble gardener to try to emulate the work of the experts
Autumn is traditionally a time to reap the rewards of all the hard work in the fruit and vegetable garden, and top chefs in the Plot to Pot Cookery Theatre will have lots of ideas for transforming home-grown produce into meals for all the family.
Live talks and demonstrations will also feature every day of the show.
New for 2015 is Harvest and Hedgerows celebrating nature’s bounty, both cultivated and countryside; farming, foraging and feasting through the season’s cornucopia, including talks, demonstrations on discovering the free delicacies of hedge and field.
So, a lot on offer, and three days in which to enjoy it. The show – at the Great Yorkshire Showground - is open from 9.30am until 5.30pm (Sunday 4.30pm). 01423 546158 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org