Test your gardening abilities at Hartlepool Horticultural Show

Some of the blooms on display at last year's Hartlepool Horticultural Show.
Some of the blooms on display at last year's Hartlepool Horticultural Show.

Green-fingered folk could win a prize by putting their skills to good use.

People of all ages and abilities are being invited to enter this year’s Hartlepool Horticultural Show.

The annual event, which is supported by Hartlepool Council, is set to be held on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

This year’s show will be held at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.

There are more than 100 categories for people to enter their prized plants in, from chrysanthemums, dahlias, roses and sweet peas to vegetables and fruit including leeks, carrots, tomatoes, marrows and shallots.

There are also prizes for flower arranging and home crafts categories for the best cake made with a vegetable, best vegetable quiche, best scone plus a new category for best jar of preserves or pickles.

There are cash prizes for best display in each of the sections and the Tom Hammond Special Award for the best display in the show, named after the current long-standing show secretary.

Youngsters can also join in the fun, with children’s sections including best fruit or vegetable man or model and best small cakes on a plate.

The National Gladiolus Society will also be holding its Northern Exhibition at the event.

Mr Hammond, said: “With such a wide range of categories for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, there’s something for everybody to have a go at and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of entries.”

To download an entry form, go to www.hartlepool.gov.uk/hartlepool-horticultural-show or call 01429 890000.