The History of the Annual Show
The following information about the annual allotment show has been compiled with the help of current and past members of the show committee. It is a work in progress and if you have any further information, please contact HDAF.
1975 – The first Harrogate Autumn Flower Show was organised by the North of England Horticultural Society and held in the Valley Gardens. The idea was to allow as many specialist horticultural societies to come together and put on one big event, rather than their own small individual shows. One of those groups was the Harrogate Allotments Federation the forerunner to the Harrogate and District Allotments and Gardens Federation, as the Harrogate District had only just been formed.
1987-1990 the Show was held in the Exhibition Halls, Conference Centre, Harrogate.
1996 The Show was held in the Assembly Rooms at the Royal Baths.
1997 For one year only the Show was held in the Lower Hall, Wesley Chapel.
1998 Move to the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens where the annual show has been held ever since.
2010 The Golden Jubilee Show was held on 22nd August. An educational allotment was constructed in Valley Gardens with the help of Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks team to celebrate the anniversary.
2020 The Show was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021 The Diamond Jubilee Show was held on 15th August.
2019 Donation to Henshaws
Donations to Charity
Each year, profits from the Show are donated to a local charity. Here are some of the charities that have benefited from donations from the Show in recent years:
2003: £1000 to Candlelighter’s Trust
2007: £2000 to Henshaw’s
2008: £2000 to Young Carers’ Resource
2009: £400 to Harrogate & Ripon Society for the Blind
2010: £1400 to Horticap
2011: £1200 to Tidy Gardens
2012: £1000 to Tidy Gardens
2013: £900 to Harrogate Women’s Refuge
2014: £1000 to Ripon Walled Garden
2015: £700 to Orb Green, Knaresborough
2016: £900 to Harrogate Easier Living Project
2017: £725 to Open Country
2018: £500 to The Forest School, Knaresborough
2019: £750 to Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre:
2021: £500 to Ripon Museums Trust