The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, one of Britain’s most prestigious gardening events, took place two weeks ago (September 14 to 16). The show offered thousands of gardeners, horticulturists and landscapers a chance to celebrate this year’s successes and look forward to the new growing season.
The Autumn Show
The Autumn Show can trace its roots back to 1976, when the National Dahlia Society and National Chrysanthemum Society, along with seven other Societies, were brought together to organise their shows in one arena.
With nearly 35,000 visitors a year, the Harrogate Autumn Show is now recognised as the premier autumn event in the Great Britain.
Battle of the Giants
The show featured the battle of the giants where gardeners from across Britain show off colossal vegetable and flower crops in hopes of earning a coveted award from the judges.
Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, collected the prize for the heaviest onion and a new world record with a super specimen weighing in at 18lb 1oz (8.195kg). The previous record of 17lbs 15.5oz was set by Peter at the 2011 Autumn Show.
His winning ways also continued in the giant vegetable competition with a clean sweep of every class. Peter took first place with a massive marrow weighing in at 119lbs 12 oz (54.318kg), a colossal cabbage at 81lbs 6oz(36.912kg), a prodigious potato at 3lb 31/8 oz (1.446kg) and a tremendous tomato weighing 3lb 11/4 oz (1.390kg). In the class for the longest runner bean he won with a specimen measuring 31 3/4″ (80.645cms) and also produced the longest cucumber at 32 1/4″ (81.915cms).
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