Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration

Harrogate first entered Yorkshire in bloom in 1975 and has enjoyed considerable success and recognition for its floral offering, winning Yorkshire in Bloom 33 times, Britain in Bloom 12 times and the only town to have ever won Europe in Bloom twice.

This summer, we at Harrogate BID want to bring communities and the town centre together along with solidarity and creativity, to celebrate the town and the return of Yorkshire in Bloom after two turbulent years of restrictions. We want to support businesses by celebrating Harrogate for what it is truly renowned for – its floral heritage.

Harrogate BID will work with local partners and businesses to be part of the ‘Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration’, to create a trail of unique floral stories in the town centre, including a Victorian Bath, a Teacup and a Giant Garden Gnome. Visitors will be able to complete the trail whilst taking in Harrogate’s opulent history and also have the opportunity to hear from influential figures from the gardening world across four weeks in the Summer.

The event will be aimed at locals and visitors and will support rediscovering the town, support local businesses and encouraging footfall. This event will be the first of its kind and will focus on the collaboration of the town centre businesses and community to really make Harrogate look its best after two challenging years.

Floral Shop Window Competition

As part of the Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration, Harrogate BID will work with Harrogate in Bloom to facilitate their annual Floral Shop Window Competition within the town centre, which is returning after 2 years of restrictions.

We would like to encourage town centre businesses to use their creative spark and produce a floral themed window display to enter into the competition, which is to be judged by the dedicated volunteers from the Harrogate in Bloom group. We are very keen to have town centre businesses take part in this campaign to help us truly come together as a community to celebrate the town and its floral history this Summer.

How to get involved

Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate BID value the contribution made by all floral features, therefore we would like to invite you to enter your business into the 2022 Floral Shop Window Competition.

All styles and sizes of display are equally welcome.

A trophy will be presented to the overall winner in each category; Hotels & Guest Houses, Pubs, Restaurants & Cafes and Shops

The judges are looking for the following criteria:

  • First Impression/Overall Design
  • Planting which is appropriate in colour/scale to the surroundings with summer interest
  • Containers of appropriate size and style
  • Paving, paths, fabric which complement the surroundings are well maintained
  • Plants in good condition, disease free and well maintained (dead-headed, watered, pruned etc)
  • Noticeable environmentally friendly features

How to enter

If you would like to enter the 2022 Floral Shop Window Competition, please fill in an Entry Form.

If you would like more information on the Floral Shop Window Competition, please email info@harrogatebid.co.uk

Match Funding Grants are available for the competition from Harrogate BID to BID Members. Please note that this will be on a first come first served basis.

Important Dates

Please note the following dates for the Floral Shop Window Competition

  • Entries to be submitted no later than Thursday 30th June
  • Window Displays to be completed by Monday 4th July, ready for judging which will take place on Monday 25th July

An Awards Evening will be hosed on Wednesday 7th September, hosted by Harrogate BID and Harrogate in Bloom. More details will be announced in due course.

From Friday 15th July – Friday 12th August

Harrogate Town Centre

Supported by Harrogate Borough Council, using Government COVID-19 business recovery funding.