Flower power rules at show with roots going back to 1864

GARDENERS celebrated a tradition dating back almost 150 years as visitors flocked to the Leeds Flower and Vegetable Show at the weekend.

The event, at the Grammar School at Leeds, featured an array of carnations, geraniums, roses, lillies and fuchsias as well as the best home-grown produce Yorkshire's gardens and allotments have to offer.

It also provided people with the opportunity to showcase their prowess in the kitchen with displays of cakes, breads, jams and pies along with a selection of home-made beers, wines and honey. Up and coming cooks were also encouraged to take part with a junior section in the domestic produce classes.

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Entrants could also submit crafts and photography with sections for both adults and children.

The James Ferell Concert Band, from York, and the Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band, from Leeds, provided entertainment and there was also a chance for visitors to take part in a Gardeners' Question Time, which was broadcast from the show yesterday morning.

The event's organisers, the Leeds Horticultural Society, previously thought the show dated back to 1885 which was as far as its own records went.

However, research has revealed that the first Leeds Flower Show was in fact held in 1864.