Birmingham scores a floral hat trick

By on 12/06/2013 in Culture, News

Birmingham City Council's 'Enlightenment' display, which celebrates the forthcoming opening of the Library of Birmingham in September, has scooped a Gold at the BBC's Gardeners' World Live show.  The stunning display also beat 105 other exhibitors to take the Best in Floral Marquee award.  The double win comes just three week after it won a Gold at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show - meaning the display has scored three wins in as many weeks.

At the heart of the floral display stands the golden rooftop rotunda of the stunning new library around which are four themed gardens.  The gardens tell the story about the £188.8 million Library of Birmingham and local writers Benjamin Zephaniah, Annie Murray and JRR Tolkien, whose book The Hobbit was the first to be placed on the shelves last month by Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council.

Parks Development Manager, Mike Hinton, who project managed the display said: “The team have worked incredibly hard on this stunning display and I am really proud that this has been recognised with three successive wins, first at Chelsea and then at BBC's Gardeners' World Live Show. 

“'Enlightenment' is our take on the new library and some of Birmingham's most loved writers - JRR Tolkien, Annie Murray and Benjamin Zephaniah.  It moves to Centenary Square in front of the Library of Birmingham next month where it will be judged for 'Entente Florale', the European in Bloom competition, and I would urge everyone to come along and see it for themselves.”

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Notes to editors

Images of the Enlightenment display can be downloaded here http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157633542276860/

To see the Enlightenment display leaflet with full details of the design see https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3OX4ags5zyuc3JnQ3hYb2NoQm8/edit?usp=sharing

For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476

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