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TV personality and celebrity gardener, Diarmuid Gavin, will be making a special appearance at Ely Cathedral's Flower Festival, which takes place in June. Diarmuid will be guest of honour at the Festival's preview evening on Wednesday 20 June where preview ticket holders can enjoy a glass of champagne in the Bishop of Ely's beautiful medieval gardens and get a sneak preview of the magnificent floral displays before the event opens to the public on 21 June.

Known for his Irish charm and expert knowledge on garden design and flora, Diarmuid is the perfect ambassador to front Ely's Flower Festival which will see in excess of 50,000 blooms remodelled into 100 striking exhibits. "A flower festival is the perfect place for me. There are similarities with making a show garden, except with a garden you have a month to build it, these Flower Arrangers produce miraculous creations in a couple of days".

As a devotee of flowers and gardens, Diarmuid will also be attending RHS Chelsea press day to launch the new Ely Cathedral Rose. The rose has been produced by award winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales. As a specialist propagator of new blooms, they have won many prestigious awards including 24 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This subtly scented, repeat flowering shrub plant produces a wonderful multi-headed display of deep red buds open to reveal double, ruffled blooms which was much admired by HRH Prince Charles at the Sandringham Flower Show last year, when he was inspecting a few of the new unnamed new species.

Other major supporters and sponsors for the event include Cheffins, Cambridge Independent, G's, McCarthy & Stone and The Old Hall.

The Flower Festival is open to the public from 21 to 24 June. In addition to the displays there will be musical performances, demonstrations by floral experts, delicious food & drink outlets and a bespoke Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds. Tickets for the Preview Evening are still available but numbers are limited.

Further information on the Festival including general ticket sales, opening times and travel information is available here or by calling the Box Office on 01353 660349.


For further information contact Director of Communications, Lesley Ann Thompson 07930 918885

Ely Cathedral Rose (Peter Beales)

Dairmuid Gavin (Prime Performers Ltd)