Birmingham strikes Gold at Chelsea

By on 21/05/2013 in Culture, Deputy Leader, News

Birmingham City Council's 'Enlightenment' display, which celebrates the forthcoming opening of the Library of Birmingham in September, has scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show.

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.

Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward said: “The team behind Birmingham's beautiful display have worked incredibly hard to bring home a gold from Chelsea.

“This year's display shows the beauty of our new library and conveys some of the magic behind three of Birmingham's best known and most loved writers - JRR Tolkien, Annie Murray and Benjamin Zephaniah.”

Birmingham's award winning display will remain on show at the Chelsea Flower show from Tuesday 21 May to Saturday 25 May.  It will then move to BBC's Gardeners' World Live show at the NEC next month before moving to Centenary Square in front of the Library of Birmingham.

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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

Held in the ground of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London, the Royal Horticultural Society show attracts nearly 160,000 visitors each year and reaches millions more people through worldwide media coverage.

For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476

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