Final countdown to our Garden Life show begins
Flowers arrangements are tweaked, bushes pruned, and plants re-potted, as the final countdown to the Bristol Garden Life show begins.
The city's Lord Mayor, councillor Colin Smith, is set to officially open the inaugural show at 11am on April 15.
From then on, the centre of Bristol will be awash with colourful plant displays, gardening workshops and local produce.
The three-day extravaganza will take place from April 15 to 17 and will be held in the city centre in locations in The Galleries Bristol, Broadmead, as well as parts of Cabot Circus.
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Bristol City Council, one of the partners for the event, has been working on floral displays for several months at the council's plant nursery in Blaise Castle. Its staff will place more than 200 colourful flower pots around the city.
The show will also see organisations such as Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol In Bloom, flower arranging groups and community small holdings and farms, showing off their green-fingered skills.
The event aims to inspire gardeners and those who love the outdoors, giving them ideas for how they can get growing.
School pupils who are fans of gardening also have the chance to get involved and win £500 worth of equipment by growing a miniature garden.
To be in with a chance of winning prizes for their schools and themselves, children under 12 years old have to submit a garden designed in a round, oval or square bowl, tray or tin that's no larger than 35cm by 35cm or 35cm diameter.
They must bring the gardens to the Park Garden Centre stand outside the Galleries before 12noon on Saturday, April 16, for judging to take place at 1pm. The winners will be announced at 2.30pm.
Richard Truscott, marketing manager for Park Garden Centres, said: "From self-sufficiency for the school kitchen to planting an orchid, young people can learn so much from gardening and it offers a real sense of achievement." As well as stalls, competitions, giveaways and a gardening question time session, a host of traders will be selling their wares.
Some of the confirmed exhibitors include African Butterfly, Born To Dance, Coastline Jewellery, Hebridean Liqueurs, Papadeli, Taylors, The Liquorice Shop and Viaduct Nurseries. For a full list, see the map on the inside pages of this supplement.
This is the first year the Evening Post has organised the event.
Dawna Stickler, managing director of Bristol News and Media, said: "Everyone is starting to get really excited about the Garden Life Show and we are getting many enquiries from schools who are keen to enter the miniature garden competition.
"There is also a real flurry of organisation around the very many trade and community exhibitors that we have.
"We are keeping our fingers crossed for some good weather over that weekend and we are very encouraged by the current spell of sunshine."