Hot on the heels of Chelsea, celebrity Gardener, Diarmuid Gavin is to officially open Ely’s eagerly awaited Flower Festival.
TV personality and celebrity gardener, Diarmuid Gavin, will be making a special appearance at Ely Cathedral’s Flower Festival, which takes place in June. Diarmuid will be guest of honour at the Festival’s preview evening on Wednesday 20 June where preview ticket holders can enjoy a glass of champagne in the Bishop of Ely’s beautiful medieval gardens and get a sneak preview of the magnificent floral displays before the event opens to the public on 21 June.
Known for his Irish charm and expert knowledge on garden design and flora, Diarmuid is the perfect guest to front Ely’s Flower Festival which will include over 50,000 blooms transformed into 100 striking exhibits. “A flower festival is the perfect place for me. There are similarities with making a show garden, except with a garden you have a month to build it, these Flower Arrangers produce miraculous creations in a couple of days”.
As a devotee of flowers and gardens, Diarmuid will also be attending RHS Chelsea press day to launch the new Ely Cathedral Rose. The rose has been produced by award winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales. As a specialist propagator of new blooms, they have won many prestigious awards including 24 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This subtly scented, repeat flowering shrub plant produces a wonderful multi-headed display of deep red buds open to reveal double, ruffled blooms which was much admired by HRH Prince Charles at the Sandringham Flower Show last year, when he was inspecting a few of the new unnamed new species.
Other supporters and sponsors of the event include Cheffins, Cambridge Independent, G’s, McCarthy & Stone and The Old Hall.
The Flower Festival is open to the public from 21 to 24 June. In addition to the displays there will be musical performances, demonstrations by floral experts, delicious food & drink outlets and a bespoke Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds.
Further information on the Festival including limited preview evening tickets, general ticket sales, opening times and travel information is available on the website www.elycathedral.org or by calling the Box Office on 01353 660349.