Basking in the glorious and seemingly never ending summer’s heat, people across York came together last night to welcome the start of Bloom!, a unique event celebrating 250 years of horticulture.
The launch event, hosted in Dean Park Gardens, welcomed attendees with a drinks reception and enigmatic speeches by Steve Brown, Managing Director of Make it York, John Galvin, Secretary of the Ancient Society of York Florists and Lotte Inch, gallery owner and the event’s curator.
York’s cultural star is on a meteoric rise, with the recent introduction of the pop up Shakespeare theatre, the work of the York Mediale and the recent show-stopping Northern Lights sound and light installation which raised a staggering £1.4 million for the York Minster glass restoration fund.
Bloom!, in conjunction with Make It York, is the latest event to put York firmly on the cultural map, pulling together over 120 events, talks, walks, workshops, speeches and exhibitions from businesses, horticultural experts, scientists and community groups across the city.
From schools to art galleries, Bloom! represents the diverse mix of York’s residents helping the event grow into a rich festival, celebrating everything from the historical parks and gardens to the science of plants and trees.
Langleys is delighted to be involved as a project sponsor, supporting the William Etty statue in Exhibition Square, which has been garlanded with wild flowers and surrounded by a tranquil fountain garden.
Talking about the event, Langleys business development director Dave Clarkson enthused, “It’s wonderful to see so many businesses across York collaborating to showcase the best of British horticulture. It’s a true testament to what can be achieved with some creativity, vision and teamwork.”
With so many exciting highlights across the 4 day festival, Bloom! looks set to sew the seed for a colourful bunch of future events for the city of York.
Bloom! | 5 - 8 July 2018