On the scent of a floral spectacle
Published 06/07/2011 | 00:00
Belfast is set to blossom as up to 80,000 people prepare to take part in this year's Rose Week.
The annual fiesta of flowers is expected to attract thousands of green-fingered enthusiasts to the city to help celebrate the hugely popular event.
Centred around the City of Belfast International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, the event is designed not just to attract experts, but also those who share a passion for gardening.
The City of Belfast International Rose Garden is already a landmark attraction in its own right but from July 13-17, the number of visitors to the impressive garden will swell to the thousands.
With more than 45,000 blooms every summer, other highlights include a historical section tracing the history of the rose and an Irish heritage garden featuring the best roses from award-winning local breeders.
In addition, the garden has trial and display beds of cluster and large flowered, miniature, shrub and climbing roses as well as a Princess Diana memorial garden.
Arthur Dixon from the Rose Society of Northern Ireland said: "I would encourage people to come along as there are lots of sideshows for everyone including the kids - it's a real family day out. We would expect to see about 80,000 through the gates.
"There will be something for everybody. There will be bands playing music in the park and there is a children's playground and there will be kids' events taking place there."