At the prestigious Harrogate Autumn Flower Show last week, Ribble Valleys’ Holden Clough Nursery managed to break records by coming home with a third Gold Medal for this year!
The flower show was the busiest on record with large crowds flooding the show ground despite the heavy rain showers.
The Gold Medal was awarded for Holden Clough’s vibrant and colourful display of hardy plants in the floral halls. The stand was planted up with a very Autumnal theme.
A large range of flowering perennials provided the colour, including Asters, Heleniums and other Autumn-flowering plants, all set off by the many shrubs showing their Autumn leaves.
Nursery owner and inaugural BBC Young Gardener of the Year John Foley commented: “We are over the moon to come home with a clean sweep accross the three big shows this year – Tatton Park, Southport and now Harrogate.
“After having such a busy year at the nursery, we really had to make the most of the plants that we had left Nevertheless, the colour was there and the judges commended us on the quality of our plants and the creative style of our planting.”
In fact, this latest success marks the fifth Gold Medal in a row for John with his partner Kate and the team at Holden Clough Nursery.
On each occasion the judges have remarked that it is particularly inspiring to see such a young couple making their mark in such a spectacular way on the world of horticulture. Another big event for the nursery, near Bolton-by-Bowland, earlier this year was the opening of its Garden Kitchen, providing on-site refreshments for visitors and makingthe nursery a popular day trip destination. Despite the recession, Holden Clough is one local business growing year on year.
l John Foley is the Clitheroe Advertiser’s resident gardening expert, writing our gardening page in The Valley every other week. (see page 29)