Dozens of competitors from as far afield as Derbyshire and Scotland helped to make Hartlepool a riot of colour across the weekend.
The annual Hartlepool Horticultural Show – supported by Hartlepool Borough Council – was held in the Borough Hall on Hartlepool’s Headland on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s event boasted more than 100 categories, ranging from chrysanthemums, dahlias, roses and carnations, to carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb and shallots, and attracted 743 entries from 67 exhibitors.
And it wasn’t even necessary to have green fingers to be in with a chance of winning.
As well as the categories for fruit, flowers and vegetables, there were also prizes for home crafts including best cake made with a vegetable, best vegetable quiche and best scone, plus children’s sections including best fruit or vegetable man or model.
Flower arranging was reintroduced this year and the National Gladiolus Society held its Northern Exhibition at the event, attracting growers from all over the north and Midlands.
Show secretary Tom Hammond said: “No matter what your ability, this is a chance to have a go, especially with such a wide range of categories, plus the welcome return of the flower arranging sections.
Dahlia – A Greig, Boldon. Gladioli – L Blades, Newton Aycliffe. Chrysanthemums – B Stainsby, Stockton. Roses – T Foster, Seaton Carew. Sweet peas – L Blades, Newton Aycliffe. Fuchsias – C Stapleton, Kirk Merrington. Pelagoniums – P McNeilie, Heighington. Carnations – E Bonas, Newcastle. Vegetables – Tritchsler and McGarry. Hartlepool.