Hot on the heels of its recent ballot win, Harrogate BID will be hosting the Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration across the town centre from Friday July 21st to Friday August 4th.

Harrogate BID has announced its partnership with local florist Helen James Flowers for this event. The Harrogate-based florist, who has a shop on Station Parade, went viral earlier in the year for its special floral coronation cloak and was recently awarded a gold medal in the Floristry Awards category at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023.

Following its success in Yorkshire in Bloom 2022, where Harrogate BID won overall winner in the Yorkshire Rose Town/City Centre BID category, it has been named as a finalist in the 2023 RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

Working with Harrogate International Partnerships, RHS, Harrogate in Bloom and North Yorkshire Council, the Harrogate Floral Summer of Celebration will mark Harrogate’s many international links through a series of spectacular town centre floral installations. The event is set to include prop displays from EPH Creative, an interactive floral trail and shop window competition. Harry Satloka, who hosts regular free walking tours in the town centre, will take guests around the floral installations during the week.

The installations will be designed to celebrate multi-national cooperation, in particular the twinning of Harrogate with other towns such as Luchon in France, Montecatini in Italy, Barrie in Canada and Wellington in New Zealand. In addition, the special links that Harrogate fosters with Switzerland and Japan will also be featured.

The Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, York, has made a special donation of an exclusive wicker airplane from Canada to form part of the displays. Resurrected Bikes in Harrogate has also donated bikes to form part of a display. Some of the key displays making up the floral trail, will be located near Nichols Tyreman, Bettys and Victoria Shopping Centre.

Matthew Chapman, Harrogate BID Manager, said: “We are proud to be recognised as a finalist for the Britain in Bloom UK finals, especially as we are the only town in Yorkshire that made it through to this stage in the competition.