Epworth Bells (May 07, 2009)
OWNERS of a herb nursery are celebrating after claiming gold at the recent Harrogate Flower Show.
Robin and Barbara Adair impressed judges with their display of herbs and Mediterranean plants and trees at the North Yorkshire venue where they claimed first place.
The couple run the Stonecrop Herbs Nursery in East Lound and Mr Adair explained how they have been entering the popular show for the last 15 years.
He added: "We have won premier and gold awards before but our olive and lemon trees had a bit of a 'wow' factor and we won a certificate and rosette.
"People come from all over, it's a really well-attended event and probably the biggest and best in the north of England. It felt good to get the gold and it's nice to be rewarded for all the hard work."
The couple, who also run the Inside Outside shop in Epworth's Fountain Court, believe the idyllic Isle setting helps ensure the fantastic flora is always looking in tip-top condition.
"We do shows up and down the country, including twice a year in Ireland, and it's very much a family business with our son, Robin, also involved," added Mrs Adair.
The Harrogate show also enabled the nursery to claim another 10 minutes of fame when BBC Look North weatherman, Paul Hudson, visited the venue to film a feature on climate change.
"The angle was what could be grown now that couldn't be 25 years ago?" explained Mr Adair. "Lemons and limes you couldn't grow back then but we can do that here now - we have milder and shorter winter climates plus longer summers."
Mrs Adair explained the appearance on the programme has led to a lot of positive customer feedback - with the 'man from the beeb' particularly impressed with one of their products.
"Paul was really enthusiastic and in fact he is going to buy one of our olive trees," she added.
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