Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to host UK premiere of new Fleurs de Villes exhibition

A world-renowned flower show is returning to Scotland and will celebrate the nation's remarkable art and much-loved artists.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will host the UK premiere of Fleurs de Villes' Artiste exhibition.

Poet Robert Burns, artist and playwright John Byrne, and legendary singer-songwriter Annie Lennox will receive floral homages in the show.

Architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, whose ties to Scotland defined his ground-breaking career, will also be honoured.

As well as the 15 fresh floral mannequins, visitors will be able to explore Inverleith House and enjoy demonstrations and talks from local florists and botanical experts.

In addition, the show will also feature Allan Ramsay's surviving portrait of Jacobite hero Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

During the opening weekend on 31 May and 1 June, two exclusive Le Soir evening events will take place with live DJ entertainment and a floral-inspired drinks menu.

Fleurs de Villes has held blockbuster exhibitions throughout the world, including in cities like Sydney, New York and Toronto.

Exhibition Voyage was held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh last year.

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Fleurs de Villes co-founder Karen Marshall said: "At the heart of the Fleurs de Villes brand is a deep appreciation for art and a commitment to elevating floristry as an art form like none other.

"With this vision in mind, our new show Fleurs de Villes Artiste not only speaks to our origins, but also celebrates the universal love for the arts and their extraordinary capacity to bring people together and unite the world around us.

"We couldn't be more pleased to launch this show outside of North America for the first time in Edinburgh - a city renowned for inspiring artists for centuries."

Artiste will take place in Edinburgh between 31 May and 9 June. Tickets are on sale now.