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It's a blooming marvellous start to Belfast Rose Week

By David Young

Published 15/07/2015

Young Jessika McErlean with her grandmother Geraldine McErlean enjoying the opening day at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Jessika McErlean with her grandmother Geraldine McErlean enjoying the opening day at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bantry Bay roses at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Evie Paterson from North Belfast at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Maia and Eva Curran from Belfast at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Maia and Eva Curran from Belfast at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Maia Curran from Belfast at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Evie Paterson from North Belfast at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Ka Wai Wong and Wanting Wu Adams at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Ka Wai Wong at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Maia and Eva Curran from Belfast at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Ka Wai Wong and Wanting Wu Adams at the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Members of the public flock to the opening day of the 2015 Rose Week festival at Sit Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in South Belfast. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th July 2015
Entertainment at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
From L-R Lillian Coulter and Joy Donnelly at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Trumpeter roses at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Kronenbourg roses at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bantry Bay roses at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Jessika McErlean with her grandmother Geraldine McErlean enjoying the opening day at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Maureen Clifford with her daughter Janet McGoldrick at Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Belfast Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on tuesday until Sunday 19 July. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Can you tell your floribunda from your damascus?

Or is a hybrid more your cup of tea?

If you can - and especially if you can't - it's the perfect time to head to Belfast's Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park where Rose Week 2015 is now in full bloom.

Rose Week runs until Sunday at the south Belfast venue.

There's a free shuttle bus running at 20-minute intervals from Belfast City Hall beginning at noon every day and continuing until 5.20pm.

A free park and ride service is also operating from Drumbo Park at Ballyskeagh, with the last bus returning to Drumbo from Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at 5.20pm.

There's a packed programme of events, spanning music, dancing and fitness, while for children there is a bouncy castle, Lego workshops, a magic show, stilt-walkers and much, much more.

The City of Belfast international rose trials will be judged tomorrow.

And the week climaxes with the Summer Rose and Flower Show at the weekend.

Councillor Julie-Anne Corr Johnston, chair of the people and communities committee, said: "Rose Week is a fantastic occasion, attracting people of every age to the rose garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park."

Little Jessika McErlean on the opening day of Belfast Rose Week in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Little Jessika McErlean on the opening day of Belfast Rose Week in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Kronenbourg rose
Trumpeter rose
Lillian Coulter (left) and Joy Donnelly admire the many blooms
A harpist entertains
Bantry Bay rose

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