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Wheelie good floral displays to mark Tour de Yorkshire

Wheelie good floral displays to mark Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 6:00am 28th April 2017.

Horticultural experts in Harrogate have created specially designed flower beds to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to town.

Harrogate will host the finish of Stage 2 of the men's race and also the women's race on Saturday.

Around 4,750 individual plants have been used to create two Tour de Yorkshire-themed flower beds on Montpellier Hill, with one depicting the 'Y'-shaped trophy and the other representing a bicycle wheel in the cycle race colours.

The trophy flower bed is made up of 2,400 Polyanthus Crescendo Blue and 450 Polyanthus Crescendo Lemon Yellow flowers, whilst the bicycle flower bed features 1,100 Polyanthus Crescendo Lemon Yellow and 800 Polyanthus Crescendo Blue, which have all been grown at the council's Harlow Hill Nursery.

Sue Wood, Horticultural Officer for Harrogate Borough Council, said: "The Harrogate District has an enviable reputation for its floral excellence and is becoming a must-visit location for cycling, so it seemed a 'wheelie' good idea to combine both by designing these flower beds.

"This year is a special year for Harrogate with the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire and the town competing in the RHS Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions this summer. What better way to celebrate both these events than by demonstrating our floral design achievements with an eye-catching floral display for the Tour de Yorkshire!

"Our team work incredibly hard to design and plant these eye-catching flower beds and we take great pride in the feedback we receive from visitors and residents. The flower beds will add even more colour to a weekend of cycling fever."

Tour de Yorkshire flower bed

Gary Tulip (gardener), Glenn Brookes (gardener), Sue Wood (Horticultural Officer), Barrie Stringer (Harlow Hill Nursery Operations Manager) and Steve Metcalfe (gardener)