The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show opens today and to celebrate, this Sunday, September 16, The Ivy Harrogate is hosting a floral wreath making workshop with Helen James Flowers at the restaurant, followed by Champagne afternoon tea.
There are still places available for the event, which starts at 4pm and costs £35 a person. The Ivy will once again be in bloom, having commissioned local florist Helen to decorate its Parliament Street façade with a beautiful autumnal archway.
In place until Friday, 21 September, the installation will feature deep orange, green and red blooms, including hydrangea, roses, willow, ivy and ferns. The popular Ivy Nursery Pot will also form part of the brasserie’s afternoon tea offering this September. For more information visit, www.theivyharrogate.com. To book tickets for the wreath making masterclass please visit here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autumn-wreath-masterclass-champagne-afternoon-tea-at-the-ivy-harrogate-tickets-49741033771
Over at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show itself has as its theme Plants of Pleasure, a journey across thousands of years of guilty plant joy.
It looks at flowers and the essence of healing from the ancient Egyptians to Australian Aborigines, to modern plant-based therapies emanating from the work of Dr Edward Bach, who developed flower essences as part of his holistic approach to healing in the 1930s. Jenny Howarth, from Yorkshire Flower Essences, will be giving a talk about her work in developing a new Scintilla Autumn mister. She will be on the GROW! stage in the Plant Nursery Pavilion at 12 noon on today.
Meanwhile, the wine and the vine sees Harewood florists Leafy Couture create a fabulous display based on the theme of wine and vines.
The Plants of Pleasure displays can be found in the Plant Nursery Pavilion. Travelling via cocoa and grapes to love potions and perfumed oils, it will the origins of delicious, heady and aromatic plants, following in the footsteps of Cleopatra who created love potions from rose petals, bathed in rose water several times a day (and we thought it was ass’s milk!), and drenched the sails of her royal cedarwood barge until, in the words of Shakespeare, “the very winds were lovesick.”
There’s also a horticultural tribute to chocolate with a special garden by Ripon-based designer Helen Hays and Harrogate landscaper Nick Fryer. The Tempered Garden will showcase the wonderful array of sumptuous dark colours available to add depth and drama to your garden. A chocolate garden of different kind is also created by Chef-Chocolatier Ashley McCarthy, from Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, near York. Ashley has painstakingly crafted flowers, plants and a few surprises as a centre piece for the garden. Deliciously decadent.
Find out more at https://www.flowershow.org.uk/