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Flowers bloom for the opening of the Harrogate Show

Florist Lucy Hutton Smith finishes off her fruit and vegetable flag which is dedicated to the Scottish independence referendum Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Exhibitors prepare their stands for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Gardeners and growers from across the country are in Yorkshire for the Harrogate Flower Show.

The gates for the Autumn show open today (Friday, 12th September) and thousands are expected to flock to the exhibition tents for everything from geraniums to giant pumpkins.

Lucy Hutton Smith (top picture) is just one of many florists creating special displays for the event.

She has made a fruit and vegetable flag which is dedicated to the Scottish independence referendum.

It shows the top half as the Saltire and the bottom the Union flag and is made up of over 3,000 fruit and veg including mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, onions , aubergines and blueberries.

Chrysanthemums on show as exhibitors prepare their stands Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Preparations under way for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

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