Roxy blooms with flower power

FLOWER POWER: Susanne Guthrie with her campervan Roxy at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

FLOWER POWER: Susanne Guthrie with her campervan Roxy at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

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WHEN she was born back in 1966, Yellow Submarine topped the charts and flower power was at its height – but Roxy still doesn’t look a day older.

For Roxy is a campervan that has just undergone a face lift to make her look like new – before taking a starring role at Harrogate's Autumn Flower Show.

NSPCC garden designer Susanne Guthrie, from Ampleforth, bought Roxy in 2008 and has just completed a complete restoration.

And her iconic campervan will symbolise the happy end to a childhood journey, from fear and darkness to safety and hope, in her debut garden display.

“I have designed gardens before, but not professionally," said Susanne.

"When the NSPCC said they would like to raise their profile with a display at Harrogate Flower Show I was delighted to get involved and recruited Roxy to help put across the charity’s message.”

The acclaimed show runs from September 12 to 14 at the Great Yorkshire Showground and new for 2014 is Inspiration Street which will feature small-scale designs for tricky front gardens, set against the backdrop of a traditional street scene.

Other attractions include displays by almost 100 top plant nurseries, a celebration of all things apple, giant veg competition and Britain’s biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups featuring over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday are £13.50 when purchased before September 2; £16 on the gate. Sunday is £12 in advance or £14.50 on the gate. Under-16s go free when accompanied by an adult.

Book on line at or call 01423 546157.

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