Gardeners across the county of Yorkshire will be ditching the traditional white roses for a variety of plants with yellow flowers or yellow foliage as they turn Yorkshire yellow ahead of the imminent arrival of the Grand Depart in July.
Welcome to Yorkshire and the RHS are working with all local authorities, RHS Britain in Bloom groups, RHS Campaign for School Gardening schools and parish councils along the routes to share a dedicated factsheet and to encourage communities across Yorkshire to think yellow when planting hanging baskets, bedding plants and perennials.
The residents of our Badger Hill Park in Knaresborough are renowned for their horticultural skills having won multiple Royal Horticultural Society awards over the years and have been keen to get involved.
They have created a beautiful display at the entrance of the park, complete with their very own yellow bicycle, in celebration of the Tour de France.
The cyclists will pass through the centre of Knaresborough on the route of Stage Two of the Grand Depart.
Stage One will begin on Saturday 5th July in the host city of Leeds before travelling through the stunning Yorkshire Dales and closing with a sprint finish on Harrogate Stray, outside Hotel du Vin – just a short drive from Badger Hill.
Ruth Evans, RHS Director of Education, Funding and Communities, said: “In honour of this glorious event we’re absolutely delighted to be helping gardeners in Yorkshire celebrate by planting yellow flowers in gardens and public spaces across the region. The colour is synonymous with the Tour de France, so what better way to celebrate the race coming to the county than by drawing on the beauty of nature and making Yorkshire glow a gorgeous yellow while the world’s spotlight is on it.”
The factsheet contains over 80 different kinds of plants with yellow flowers or yellow foliage – including four varieties of yellow rose – tips on when to plant them and how to maintain them to ensure on the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, when the world’s largest annual sporting event races through the county, they will be at their blooming best.
The multi award-winning Badger Hill is set in the heart of Yorkshire’s ‘Golden Triangle’. This exclusive park in an enviable location is fully residential and only available to the over 50s – to find out more click here.