Johnsons of Whixley has loaned £5,000 worth of plants to the upcoming Bloom! Festival, to help beautify York’s Exhibition Square.

The plants were delivered on the morning of the 4 July, ahead of the Festival, which runs between 5 and 7 July, and celebrates York’s rich and varied horticultural heritage.

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The jam-packed programme includes the involvement of more than 70 regional businesses and more than 100 fringe events, connecting horticulture with art, music, literature, cinematography, gastronomy and science.

The brain child of Make It York, the festival is supported by York Business Improvement District and dozens of local businesses and organisations.

Plants supplied by Johnsons included buxus, laurels, agapanthus, buxus cones and balls.

Johnsons of Whixley’s Ellie Richardson said: “Johnsons has a growing track record of supporting local initiatives and an event of this nature is obviously something we jumped at the chance to be involved with.

“We’re pleased to supply a range of plants to assist with the projects and we look forward to seeing the results, and enjoying the rest of the Festival, in the days ahead.”

Managing director of Making it York, Steve Brown, said: “Inspired by the unique Ancient Society of York Florists, we’re bringing together green-fingered people, creatively-minded individuals and businesses to create a festival which will celebrate York’s horticultural heritage and the equally vibrant activity taking place within the city today.”

Johnsons of Whixley is a family business that can trace its origins back almost 100 years, and one of the biggest commercial suppliers in Europe.