Months in the planning – and growing – Bloom! is finally here. And what a difference it has made.

It seems every corner of York has become a dazzling display of flora and fauna for the four-day festival celebrating 250 years of the Ancient Society of York Florists.

There’s so much to see and do – here are some links to get you started:

And if you’re going on a tour of the city here are some of the things you should look out for…

Bloom! picture tour

St Helen’s Square: : A leafy oasis
St Helen’s Square
St Helen’s Square: The Ivy
St Helen’s Square: The Ivy’s floral doorway
St Helen’s Square: A bit of floral fancy for the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House
Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate: This extraordinary installation includes the sound of birdsong

Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate: God and nature…

Parliament Street: York Racecourse display
Exhibition Square: The York Art Gallery fountain garden
Coney Street: The Curious Realm of Floribunda
Clifford’s Tower: Entrance display
St Sampson’s Square: has its own Village Green
City centre: Meet The Floras! They’ve appeared at Kensington Palace and now they’re in York

Dean’s Park: the wild garden

Behind York Explore: Miniature Magic Gardens created by city schools
Many York businesses are doing Bloom! proud including Partisan on Micklegate…
…Plaskitt and Plaskitt on Micklegate…
…Thora And The Princess on Low Petergate…
…Cut & Chase on Goodramgate…
…and the Yorkshire Soap Co on Blake Street