Exhibitor Ray Beckwith uses a sable brush to remove dust from the petals of an unnamed seedling daffodil in preparation for the Harrogate Flower Show in North Yorkshire, England on April 25.

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Flower power

Exhibitor Ray Beckwith uses a sable brush on April 25 to remove dust from the petals of an unnamed daffodil in preparation for the Harrogate Flower Show in North Yorkshire, England.

 

Organized twice a year by the North of England Horticultural Society at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the spring and autumn flower shows allow nurseries, flower clubs and floristry students from across the country to display their handiwork to visitors.

 

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A florist arranges a bouquet of flowers as fellow exhibitors prepare their own displays for the Harrogate Flower Show on April 25, one day before the exhibition opens to the public.

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Down to the wire

A florist arranges a bouquet of flowers as fellow exhibitors prepare their own displays on April 25, one day before the exhibition opens to the public.

 

Exhibits this year include themed tributes honoring the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic and a variety of other important events in English history. There will also be exhibits highlighting Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

 

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An arrangement of blooming chrysanthemums -- a perennial plant native to Asia and northeastern Europe -- are seen during preparations for opening of the Harrogate Flower Show on April 25.

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Mums in bloom

An arrangement of colorful chrysanthemums grabs a photographer's eye during preparations for the show's opening on April 25.

 

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