Garden Design Competition for Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017

Garden design competition

We are looking for aspiring designers to come up with a garden design for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in September 2017.

Garden design competition

The theme is ‘Mills to Moors’ so the design should reflect the diversity of Kirklees,  whether that is through history, landscape or culture.

The garden design should also celebrate the staff, volunteers and apprentices who work together to look after our local parks and greenspaces.

Entries should reflect how local green spaces might look in the future.

The garden you design should be low maintenance, reduce some of the effects of climate change, and provide a community space.

We would also like the design to include recycled or reused materials where possible.

There are 4 entry categories: primary school, secondary school, college & university, volunteer and open.

A winner from each category will be selected by a judging panel.  Elements of all the winning designs will be included in the final garden design.

The design will be showcased at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in September 2017.

All our winners will receive 2 tickets for the show.

Ruth Dodds, Volunteer Coordinator said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone passionate about gardening and design to see their vision come to life. It’s going to be a really exciting way to celebrate the great work done by volunteers in Parks and Greenspaces and hopefully encourage more people to get involved with their local parks and greenspaces.”

Judges will select the four best designs and will consider:

• how well the garden interprets the theme
• how interesting and creative the design is
• the effective use of plants
• how well the design has considered sustainability issues
• how realistic the design is within a small budget.

More information about the garden design competition

The closing date for entries is noon on Friday 25 November 2016. The winners will be announced in January 2017. The council will also be looking for volunteers to help us create the winning design.

Further information is available by visiting the competition web pages  or emailing: or calling Ruth Dodds on 01484 221000.



  • Hi Rod, It sounds great, if you follow the link to the entry form, it will tell you everything we need in order to consider your entry.



  • I would like you to consider certain aspects of our garden in Marsden for inclusion in the overall design for the Harrogate Flower Show next year.
    When designing the garden it was done with the intention of featuring ‘all seasons’ utilising the natural backdrop of mature trees and the adjacent River Colne.
    I would be happy to submit photographs to illuastrate accordingly.

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