Nursery puts on a good show for flower judges

David Hall and cousin Maxine Hall  at Harrogate
David Hall and cousin Maxine Hall at Harrogate
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It’s been a blooming good summer for a Northumberland nursery.

Halls of Heddon, which grows more than 15,000 plants in its magnificent show fields at Heddon On The Wall, has scooped a series of trophies for its blooms.

The business put up two trade exhibits at the inaugural Durham Flower Festival, using its renowned dahlias, which have been a speciality of the nursery since the 1930s.

One display showed the usefulness of the flowers in a mixed border with cottage garden plants, while the other was more artistic, standing two metres high, and the nursery came away with the Best Trade Exhibit in Show title.

It then faced stiff competition from more than 80 exhibitors at the Harrogate Autumn Show, which Halls of Heddon has been attending since the 1950s. The team was delighted to see its stand of more than 600 dahlias in almost 140 varieties awarded a Premier Gold Award and trophy.

More than 200 hours’ work was involved in creating the display, with all dahlias grown outside in the nursery fields and cut the day before transportation to Harroagte.

Nursery owner David Hall said: “To be awarded a Premier Gold Award amongst so many other exhibitors has been a highlight of the season.”

The traditional sell-off of the display raised more than £160 for the National Gardens Scheme.