Photo Gallery: Thousands enjoy Norfolk Spring Garden Show 2011

Thousands of gardening enthusiasts turned up this weekend to get their fingers green at the fifth annual Norfolk Spring Garden Show.

Held at the Norfolk Showground, off Dereham Road, New Costessey, crowds were all smiles as they were greeted with people dressed up as flowers and the sounds of a harpist.

Dubbed by the organisers as 'the biggest Norfolk Spring Garden Show yet', there was plenty for people to do and see.

Stall owners Ashleigh Garside and Will Waganeer of their travelling business 'Bulb Garden', were on hand to help people, advising them on their bulb choices.

Miss Garside explained why they were at the show and said: 'It's been very busy here and we've been happy to help. We're here to inspire people with their gardening in Norwich and Norfolk.'

The event, which was organised by the Aztec Garden Show, embraced the great outdoors with a 'how to' expert zone, a garden and home marquee, artistic show gardens, a flower show and hundreds of stalls.

Local tradesmen and specialists were also offering people advice on undertaking a gardening project.

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There was also a shopping village which allowed people to browse and purchase seasonal plants and shrubs, outdoor furniture and ornaments, tools and gifts.

The well known Festival of Food event also returned, displaying local and national produce.

Making the most of the sunny weather, couple Stephen and Carole Carter, explained what it is about the event that keeps them coming every year.

'It is lovely and this is the busiest I have ever seen it. The show is nice for people who want to get out into the garden and it is also a great way to encourage children to get involved in outdoor activity,' said Mrs Carter.

'This will be our third year now,' Mr Carter added.

The Norfolk Spring Garden Show was held from Friday and ended today.

The event will be followed up with the Norfolk Summer Garden Show which will be held on August 19 to 21 this year.

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