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Green Fingers at the Museum

GREEN-fingered visitors can stock up on plants as part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

The museum is hosting a plant sale on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June. The times are 11am -3pm. Admission to the sale (exhibition is free) is £1 for adults and children are free.

Among the sellers are North Yorkshire based Wack’s Wicked Plants. The company specialises in carnivorous plants such as pitchers and fly-traps – see:

The International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.

Run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the competition is open to everyone in the world and there is no distinction between professional and amateur photography.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “This is a great and very popular touring exhibition and its been adding to our city’s cultural offer.

“Anyone with an interest in gardening, photography and seeing some stunning images really should see what’s on offer.

“These are images that have already been on show at Kew Gardens, in other UK museums and it also tours in the Netherlands and in Sweden.

“The plant and garden sale is another good reason to visit this colourful exhibition. It’s all highly recommended.”

The exhibition shows the 2015 winners in eight categories and features more than 60 beautiful images all inspired by gardens and the wonders of the natural world. It is in Sunderland until the end of the month.

Keeper of Art at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Shauna Gregg, added: “We are thrilled to host this international exhibition and hope that our visitors will enjoy seeing the beautiful images.

“The garden theme is very appropriate for a venue with a Winter Gardens and Mowbray Park close by. There is plenty of inspiration for keen gardeners.”

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