Fife horticultural firm creates huge living rainbow out of 12,000 plants

A huge ‘living’ rainbow, created from more than 12,000 plants, has taken pride of place in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, thanks to the efforts of a Fife garden centre.

The colourful creation, produced by Hillend based Growforth Ltd for the Scottish Horticultural Society and Edinburgh City Council, symbolises hope and encouragement as part of National Day of Reflection, exactly one year on from the introduction of the first coronavirus lockdown.

The eye-catching 20-metre long rainbow now takes pride of place on the capital’s historic Mound in Edinburgh’s Old Town, made entirely from thousands of brightly coloured primroses.

The project was coordinated by the Fife garden centre and plant wholesaler in collaboration with Reynard Nursery in Carluke and put together with the help of council staff and volunteers.

Stan Green, director of Growforth, said the creation was also intended to be a very visual way of promoting the benefits of gardening as people reflect on the impact of the pandemic.

“Horticulture has played a vital role to play in keeping people at home and has helped to safeguard people’s mental and physical wellbeing in that time,” Stan said.

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