Garden show is all set to bloom

Tom Hammond with some of his blooms
Tom Hammond with some of his blooms

GROWERS of all ages have a chance to shine at one of the region’s most established flower shows.

The Hartlepool Horticultural Show is one of the finest shows in the north of England and is a showcase for champion carnations, dahlias, chrysanthemums, gladioli, fuchsias, sweet peas and vegetables.

The annual event, which is supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, will take place this year on Saturday, August 18, in the Borough Hall, on Hartlepool’s Headland.

There are 110 classes including allotment produce and children’s sections including miniature garden on a plate and fruit or vegetable man or model.

There are new categories this year for home crafts (best carrot cake, fruit pie and fruit scone) and for the most unusual misshapen fruit or vegetable.

The Northern Gladiolus Society will also be holding its annual competition at the event, attracting growers from all over the region.

Show secretary Tom Hammond said: “The show is always really popular with professional growers and amateur gardeners alike and this year we are hoping to top our 2011 record of over 700 entries.

“With over 100 classes, it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to have a go.

“Even if you’re not going to exhibit, make a date in your diary to come and see what I’m sure will be a really colourful and impressive display.

“It’s a great day out for all the family.”

The show will be held from noon to 5pm and admission is free.

Copies of the show schedule are available from from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre, in Church Square ,or by contacting Lesley Strickland, the council’s cultural events officer, on (01429) 523420 or by email at