Sheffield has designs on a flower show with style

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Sheffield is sowing the seeds for its own version of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Proposals were announced this week for a showcase combining horticulture, architecture, landscape and design at the Botanical Gardens over a weekend in June.

Local universities, schools, community groups, businesses, artists and craftspeople are signing up to be a part of ‘Garden Up’, which will feature show gardens and sales stands.

The council is supporting an entrerprise which it believes will underline the city’s claim to be the greenest in the country.

Behind the project is Richard Nicolle, a Sheffield-based horticultural expert and former TV producer, who has been involved in exhibitions at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Flower Show for five years and has worked on the Winter Garden and Peace Gardens in Sheffield.

He said: “‘Garden Up’ is a truly cutting edge event that provides a platform for showcasing innovation and design and will offer the public wonderful new ideas and products.

“The ‘Garden Up’ show gardens will involve the work of some of the top horticulturists and designers from around the country including ones that

have previously exhibited at the Chelsea and Tatton Flower Shows.”

The show, on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, is being sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, which sponsored the National Gardens Scheme for almost 20 years.

A website is due to be launched next month. Anyone interested in exhibiting or sponsorship is being asked to contact richard@gardenup.org.

The Botanical Gardens were reopened ten years after a lottery-financed refurbishment.