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Friday 26 December 2014

Lady Dixon Park's famous rose garden marks 50th year

Joanna Boomer, from Lurgan, enjoying the displays
Joanna Boomer, from Lurgan, enjoying the displays
Some of the stunning one million blooms on show at Rose Week in the Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast
Some of the stunning one million blooms on show at Rose Week in the Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast
Some of the stunning one million blooms on show at Rose Week in the Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast
Some of the stunning one million blooms on show at Rose Week in the Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast

It boasts a staggering one million beautiful blooms.

So it's little wonder that a plaque has been unveiled to mark the golden anniversary of the beautiful Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon was one of the visitors at the popular south Belfast park yesterday where she unveiled a plaque to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous attraction.

Yesterday's anniversary was marked as part of Rose Week 2014 which finishes on Sunday.

The garden was established in 1964 by the Belfast Corporation, a year which also saw the founding of the Rose Society of Northern Ireland.

International judging of the 27 competition roses on display this year took place yesterday. The blooms under scrutiny arrived by post from all over the world two winters ago as rose slips wrapped in damp newspaper.

They were then planted and maintained until Rose Week arrived with an international judging panel yesterday adding their points to marks already awarded by the Rose Society.

This year the Gold Medal and City of Belfast award for the best hybrid tea (large flowered) variety went to Fryers of England and there were certificates of merit for the 'Bright n Breezy' variety raised by Dickson's of Northern Ireland, 'Cheery Lady' raised by Kordes of Germany and 'Bright as a Button' raised by England-based Chris Warner.

Ms Mallon said the magnificent garden "is at the heart of our very successful Rose Week" which attracts thousands of visitors each year to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

"It is right that we mark this 50th anniversary and the garden's success in attracting the highest standard of competition roses as shown by the international judges," she said.

In addition to the colour and smell of the one million blooms in the garden this year, Rose Week is offering family entertainment mostly between 1-5pm each day.

On the final day, this Sunday, the adventurous will be able to zoom across the park on a 'We Are Vertigo' 40-metre zip line.

For more about Rose Week visit belfastcity.gov.uk/roseweek

What's on during Rose Week 2014

Today

There are lots of family activities running from 1-5pm including a junk art workshop, a clay workshop, boxercise taster sessions, kiddies safari train and street entertainment.

There’s a puppet show at 2.30pm, the Swing Gals play from 2.30-4.30pm, a magic show for children at 3.45pm and Ballylone Concert Flute Band from 7.30-8.30pm.

Tomorrow

Summer stalls run from 11am-5.30pm. There will be a recycling workshop, traditional woodwork demonstration, kiddies safari train and street entertainment from 1pm-5pm.

Laganvale Metal Technology Band will play from 1.30-2.30pm. There will be a BBQ demonstration from 2-4pm, the summer rose and flower show from 2-5.30pm, a puppet show at 2.30pm and a magic show at 3.45pm.

Sunday

Entertainment running from 1-5pm includes a recycling |workshop, a 40-metre zipline, kiddies safari train. Summer stalls run from 1.30-5.30pm.

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