Festival of Flowers & Gardens

Festival of Flowers & Gardens

Garden gurus galore!

Allianz Garden Show Ireland brings together all the gardening expertise you need to get those garden questions answered!

Eating from your garden and surrounding your house with all year colour will be recurring themes at this year’s Show.

Celebrity Gardeners will be offering advice and sharing some of their experiences with Show visitors on how to create both edible and ornamental gardens. In fact visitors will have the chance to take part in the ‘Great Debate – ornamental versus edible’!

Mark Diacono, previously Head Gardener at River Cottage, shares his delight in some of the “unusual and utterly delicious” foods he grows at his smallholding Otter Farm in Devon.

Ireland’s most renowned gardener Helen Dillon who last visited the Show in 2014 relates her story of starting-over at the age of 78 to “paint a new picture” in her new garden. “The delight of the new house was its entirely empty garden!”

Garden and Food writer Lia Leendertz whose most recent book ‘The Almanac’ was in Amazon’s top three 2017 Christmas books talks about unusual allotment and indoor gardens.

Resident gurus, Geoff Stebbings and Reg Maxwell will be providing one-on-one advice sessions to visitors as well as sharing some of their recent gardening experiences.

Gardens and their designers in this year’s Show create ideas for relaxation, for eating, and for creating eco-friendly spaces.

Taking centre stage will be “Meditation” a feature garden created by local designer Ian Price in celebration of his 2017 Chelsea Gold medal and his long association with Garden Show Ireland.

Hundreds of plants from specialist nurseries in the Growers Pavilion and Plant Mall will be on display and to purchase. The growers themselves are on hand to share their knowledge and give expert advice on planting and growing.

The Flower Arranging Pavilion will feature floral artistry created by members of the Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arrangement Societies (NIGFAS). Groups from all around the country will be interpreting the theme, “Magic Moments” in their amazing creations.

New in 2018 will be the Artisan Flower Pavilion. Visitors will be able to learn about growing their own flowers for their flower arrangements with local Farmer Florists, Cherry Townsend from Kilcoan Gardens and Alison Drennan from Beechfield Flower Farm. And then try their hand at Botanical Art with local Artist, Alison Walker!

And there’s more…

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