Horticultural society marks its roots

After months of discussion in the letter pages of the Yorkshire Post during 1910 about the need for a northern- based horticultural society because of difficulties exhibiting and attending meetings at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, a new organisation was born.

Yesterday a ceremony was held at Leeds Civic Hall to mark the North of England Horticultural Society's 100th anniversary.

The society, which organises the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows, was inaugurated in the Lord Mayor's Rooms in Leeds on January 6, 1911, and yesterday it marked the occasion with a celebration attended by members of the society and other guests.

When founded in 1911 its purpose was to arrange first-class shows where northern exhibits could be judged by standards suitable for the colder climates in the North.