The North of England Horticultural Society is a leading gardening charity set up more than 100 years ago to support and promote horticulture across the north.
The society organises and runs the twice yearly Harrogate Flower Shows, widely regarded as the biggest and most prestigious independent shows in the gardening year.
The Spring Show, which takes place in April was rated Britain’s best gardening event by Which? Gardening , with its sister Autumn Show ranking third in the country. In addition to welcoming around 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the shows feature the work of both established and up-and-coming garden designers and landscapers. The introduction of a new community category for Show Gardens has added further opportunities for amateur gardening groups to showcase their work to nearly 100,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors each year.
Both the Spring and Autumn events host a range of ‘shows within a show’ enabling dozens of specialist gardening groups to hold their annual shows, promote their work and recruit new members, free of charge. From dahlias to daffodils and bees to bonsai, the specialist societies have become an integral part of our events, including the National Vegetable Society and the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.
Profits from the Harrogate Flower Shows are handed back to the to enable the charity to continue its important work in promoting horticulture. In 2012 the society launched a new grants programme to provide funding for community projects in the North of England. More than 70 groups have since benefited from grants, adding to the range of financial support already provided for gardening organisations, such as the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s ‘Young Horticulturalist of the Year’ Competition.