The festival was opened on Friday 10th May by Lady Susan Haughey, Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Walter Swan – a Lanark-born Chelsea pensioner, and players from Motherwell Ladies Football Team.
The Royal Burgh of Lanark lies at the head of the Garden Valley, and boasts Castlebank Park, perched above the River Clyde, with the restored Castlebank Gardens and newly developed Horticultural Centre, which is also home to Lanark in Bloom – custodians of the town’s many beautiful hanging baskets and planters.
The theme for this year’s FlowerFest 2019 was The Women’s Football World Cup, which takes place in France this June, and for which Scotland’s Ladies Team have qualified. The winners of the themed Schools & Nurseries Planter competitions were: New Lanark Primary School and Clyde Valley Kindergarten. The winners of the Garden Centre Display were Goulding’s.
Across the three days of the festival there was a huge line-up of attractions for all ages to enjoy, including: Garden Centre displays, Gardeners' Question Time with Beechgrove Garden’s George Anderson, musical entertainment from local groups, high-quality craft marquee, food & drink outlets, local producer demonstrations, tractor rides, yoga tasters and much, much more. The Tolbooth Arts and Heritage Centre in Lanark High Street also hosted a botanical art exhibition which is staying open until 17th May.
FlowerFest is presented by Lanark Community Development Trust, with generous support from the Border Biscuits Community Support Fund and GP Plantscape.
Further information is available at www.facebook.com/LanarkFestivals and lanarktrust.co.uk
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