The eleventh annual Viola and Pansy Festival is on until 23 March 2014 at Meadow Croft Garden Centre in Essex.
This is the 11th annual festival, with up to 900 new varieties on display. The festival is open to the general public, as well as growers, breeders and retailers, and admission is free.
The event is held at Meadow Croft Garden Centre, Woodham Road, Battlesbridge, Wickford, Essex, owned by bedding grower WD Smith and Son.
The festival is the public face of the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in Great Britain, with seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world. Each year new and experimental varieties are displayed for the first time.
Visitors to the festival vote for their favourite varieties from among those displayed. The votes are counted and the annual top 10 of the festival favourites is published.