The Isle of Man Flower Festival gets underway today (Thursday).
Flower power will be on display at 21 venues around the Island from July 3-9.
Organisers are hoping the festival, which this year has taken a theme to tie-in with Island of Culture, bloom into an even bigger success than last year.
Committee member Waveney Jenkins said: ‘The rebirth of the Isle of Man Flower Festival last year encouraged a large number of churches to apply to join this year – and there will be 21 venues around the Island filling their premises with wonderful floral art.
‘The focus on Our Island of Culture will bring an added dimension to the festival – and to celebrate this there will be a photographic competition to find the best photograph to exemplify the theme.’
Waveney added: ‘Flower arrangement has moved on from the era of Constance Spry – and though there are still some beautiful traditional arrangements to be found – some of the creations have moved more into the realm of sculpture.
‘A recent event was held in Dublin where floral art from all over the world was exhibited by members of the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) – some amazing works that would hold their own in any art gallery.
‘The Manx event is a wonderful festival that provides a reason to drive around the lesser known corners of the Island, see inside some beautiful old buildings – and some unexpected new ones – as well as wonder at what can be done with flowers and foliage to create wonderful artworks.’
A 32-page glossy brochure, produced by Quine and Cubbon, contains a map of the participating venues plus details of opening times at each location. You can also find out details by visiting www.flowerfest.im
This year you can win a framed set of winter flora stamps if your entry festival’s photographic competition comes out top.
Entries, which must be in by August 1, should be of a floral arrangement depicting the theme of Our Island Year of Culture, taken in one of the participating venues.
Isle of Man Post Office is providing the first prize.
Only prints are being accepted and they should be A5 size. Entries are limited to four per person and any photographs featuring people must have their written permission before submission.
Participants should write their name, phone number and the venue where the photo was taken clearly on the reverse of every photo. Entries from all ages are welcome; if under-18, please give your date of birth.
As well as 19 churches, the Old Grammar School in Castletown and the Grove Museum in Ramsey are participating venues for this year’s Flower Festival.
The churches taking part are: Marown Church; Kirk Braddan Parish Church; St Thomas’s Church, Douglas, Onchan Elim Pentecostal; Christ Church, Laxey; Waterloo Road Methodist Church, Ramsey; St Paul’s Church, Ramsey; St Olave’s, Ramsey; Bride Methodist Chapel; St Bridget’s Church, Bride; St Jude’s Chapel; St Stephen’s Church, Sulby; St German’s Cathedral, Peel; Holy Trinity Church, Patrick; Glen Maye Chapel, Kerrowkeill Methodist Chapel; Kirk Malew (St Lupas), Ballasalla; St Columba’s RC Church, Port Erin.
For more information and updates on events visit www.flowerfest.im
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