Norwich gardeners urged to grow for gold with sunflowers

PUBLISHED: 09:25 18 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:25 18 April 2014

The Norwich in Bloom team after Sunflower Sowing at City College Norwich.

The Norwich in Bloom team after Sunflower Sowing at City College Norwich.


The artist Vincent Van Gogh was fixated with them and they are often the first flower which young people attempt to grow in their back gardens.

Sunflowers have always been popular and gardening groups are being urged to grow for gold in Norwich this year by planting more of them.

To mark 50 years of Britain in Bloom, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) wants gardeners to help celebrate the golden anniversary by creating a colourful sea of sunflowers.

Friends of Norwich in Bloom have been doing their bit to help. They got some free seeds from the RHS and have planted sunflowers at City College which, next month, will be made available for planting elsewhere around the city.

Julie Brociek-Coulton, secretary of the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, said: “The 50th anniversary theme is ‘Growing for Gold’ and RHS/Britain in Bloom are encouraging groups across the whole country to grow the special sunflowers to celebrate a Golden Gardening Year.

“The Friends of Norwich in Bloom are encouraging gardening groups across Norwich to join in by planting a celebratory sunflower from the seeds we planted at City College Norwich.

“These will be available as small plants later on in May ready for planting out at our many ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ gardening groups and schools grounds.”

She added: “Some of the seeds we have will also be planted at the 27th Norwich Rainbows and the Sewell Toy Library, who are some of the groups taking part in the sunflower planting this year.

“A Golden Pollinator and Secret Garden theme will also be used on our Norwich in Bloom float in the Lord Mayors Street Procession on July 5.

“Lots of our in bloom team are working hard to get the float ready for the big day and celebrate this very special Golden Gardening Year”.

The sunflowers seeds were planted in peat free compost as part of sustainable growing trials.

Anyone wanting to help with any plantings should email, call 07786 694325 or go to NorwichInBloom Facebook page.

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