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Residents of Sheffield will soon have more reasons to feel proud of their city's horticultural heritage thanks to a design-led flower show being held later this year.
Although mention of Sheffield is likely to conjure images of factories and the steel industry, the city now has a wealth of green spaces for visitors and residents to enjoy.
While the natural beauty of the Peak District lies on the city's edge, the Peace Gardens, Botanical Gardens and the Winter Garden bring nature into the heart of the urban environment.
The Garden Up event is set to take place in the city's Botanical Gardens on June 7th and 8th this summer, Horticulture Week reports. It aims to bring together the local community with experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, design and technology.
Three specific zones are to be created within the gardens: the Innovations Zone, the Marketplace and the Landing Zone.
It is sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, with input from garden designers, universities, schools, community groups, businesses, artists and craftspeople.
Sheffield-based horticultural expert and former TV producer Richard Nicolle came up with the idea for the scheme. He has previously worked at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, Sheffield Winter Garden and Peace Gardens.
Mr Nicolle said: "Garden Up is a truly cutting edge event that provides a platform for showcasing innovation and design and will offer the public wonderful new ideas and products.
"The Garden Up show gardens will involve the work of some of the top horticulturists and designers from around the country including ones that have previously exhibited at the Chelsea and Tatton Flower Shows."
Sheffield University's Department of Landscape has done much to establish the city as a centre of excellence in landscape terms.
It is one of the biggest departments in the country for landscape and came to the attention of the public with the work of professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett on the London Olympic Park.