A blaze of colour planned for city flower festival

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What do Mary Queen of Scots, ceramics, scarecrows, beehives and green roofs have in common with an eco garden and the 2012 Olympics?

They are all mixing together for the second annual Sheffield Flower Festival at Manor Lodge on Sunday.

The family event will be set within the ruins of one of the city’s most historical sites with an added blaze of wildflower colour.

The floral displays are being produced by Pictorial Meadows which feature at the Eden Centre and will adorn the Olympic Park in 2012.

The meadows within the ruins will be decked with creations from the Children’s Festival Scarecrow competition as well as large flowers from recycled materials and willow made by visitors with help from artists Lucy Coyne and Nicky Moore.

Another highlight will be the flower arrangements in the recently restored Turret House, which will be inhabited by Bess of Hardwick and other characters from the story of the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield.

There will also be the 2009 Chelsea Flower show Future Nature Garden recreated at Manor Oaks between the farmhouse and the new artists’ studios. Visitors can follow a wildflower trail or take part in a treasure hunt to find their way through the historic site’s themed gardens.

The farm shop and cafe will be serving menus featuring edible flowers, helped by vegetable entertainer Madame Zucchini.