Friday Timetable

We have a range of exciting events lined up over the weekend. For a full list of events for each day please click on the link below.

The Garden Stage
Sponsored by Colemans Garden Centre and New Leaf Compost

The stage is set at this year’s Garden Show Ireland for an exciting mix of interactive talks and discussions with our well known garden experts. The Garden Stage will present 3 garden ideas:

  • a contemporary patio garden and a traditional cottage garden both sponsored by Colemans Garden Centre
  • a vegetable garden sponsored by New Leaf Compost.

Plantsman Paul Smyth and horticulturist Marie Staunton along with organic vegetable growers, Klaus Laitenberger and Biruk Sahle will host demos with advice and ‘how to’ discussions and they’ll be up for answering all your queries.

Diarmuid Gavin will be interviewed by well-known presenter Pamela Ballantine MBE on The Garden Stage and will be giving his own take on designing and creating gardens

Time Topic Panels Compere
11:00 – 11:30 Year round Colour!

Paul Smyth

Marie Staunton

Pamela Ballantine MBE
11:45 – 12:15 Be a Compost Expert in Minutes!

Klaus Laitenberger

Biruk Sahle

Pamela Ballantine MBE
12:30 – 13:00 Diarmuid Gavin in Conversation with Pamela Ballantine

Diarmuid Gavin

Pamela Ballantine MBE

13:15 – 13:45 12 Plants of the Moment

Paul Smyth

Marie Staunton

Pamela Ballantine MBE
14:00 – 14:30 Pest Control! Tips to keep your Veg Healthy

Klaus Laitenberger

Biruk Sahle

Pamela Ballantine MBE
15:00 – 15:30 Designing a Small Garden

Diarmuid Gavin
Discussion and Q&A

Pamela Ballantine MBE
15:45 – 16:15 Planting a Wildflower Meadow

Paul Smyth

Marie Staunton

Pamela Ballantine MBE


The Floral Art Pavilion

The Floral Art Pavilion situated in the Parterre Garden will host displays by members of the Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arrangement Societies, and this year for the first time, hosts a series of demonstrations and workshops.


11 – 11.30 am and  2 – 2.30 pm: “Nature’s Gems” – Johann Henderson NI Area Demonstrator from Holywood Club


12.30 – 1 pm and 3 – 3.30 pm: “Floral Adornments

Flower Farmers Pavilion

The Flower Farmers’ Pavilion hosts a series of talks, demonstrations & workshops by members of the Northern Ireland Flower Farmers Association.

Time Topic About
12 pm

Multiply Supply

Ann McCarron – mrsbloomgardening

How to increase your plant population and cut flower supply through division and cuttings of perennials.
1 pm Seasonal Flower and Foraged Hand tie bouquet How to make a beautiful bouquet with locally grown and foraged flowers.
2 pm

Multiply Supply

Ann McCarron – mrsbloomgardening

How to increase your plant population and cut flower supply through division and cuttings of perennials.
3 pm Seasonal Flower and Foraged Hand tie bouquet How to make a beautiful bouquet with locally grown and foraged flowers.
All Day: Multiple times throughout the day

Immersive audio gardening experience – Sow Grateful in partnership with OTR

Join us for an excerpt of ROOTS, an interactive gardening experience!

Take 5 minutes to immerse yourself in an audio experience that blends meditation, poetry, and dance, to awaken your senses and connection to nature.

For the kids!

Wearable flower designs – Aisling  & Andy McCormick, Sow Grateful Flower Farm

Kids’ workshop creating a decorated flower crown

(Runs twice per day for 30mins, limit 10 kids per session)

Craft Village Demos
Time Tent 1 Tent 2

Kristen Robb, Natural Dyes Workshop

Joel Smyth, Silversmith


Debbie McCann, Wee Yarn

Dorset Button Making

Workshops- Wee Yarn Designs

Craft NI Information

Craft Stall Traders

Alison Hanvey CERAMICS



New Forge Pottery CERAMICS





Wee Yarn Textiles and Dorset Button

Jakki Trainor CERAMICS

Erin Craft Jewellery SILVER JEWLLERY

Ruth Osborne TEXTILES

Maggie Napier GLASS



Diarmuid Gavin in the Platinum Jubilee Garden!

Diarmuid Gavin welcomes visitors to his special garden created for the Platinum Jubilee at Antrim Castle Gardens as a permanent garden – a garden that dances to music and is alive with colour!

Each day at the Show he will chat about the inspiration behind the garden and about the magnificent planting – an opportunity to learn about the plants and planting in your own garden, and be inspired by the design & fun behind Diarmuid’s ideas.

Limited numbers due to space 

Time What’s On?
11:00 – 11:30 Planting the Clockwork Garden
13:15- 13:45 The inspiration behind the Clockwork Garden
Food & Drink Experience Kitchen
Time Chef/Experience What’s On?
11:30-12:10 Ian Morton Mortons Flour with Ian Morton from The Beaten Whisk
13:00-13:40 The Boathouse Restaurant More info to be announced!
14:30-15:10 Julie Fitzpatrick

The Come Dine with Me winning Desert:

Luscious Lemon Crunch

15:40-16:10 To Be Announced!  Stay tuned!
16:15-16:45 Wild Atlantic Distillery Award-winning whiskey, gin and vodka distillery

The Junction Container Bar

After you’ve done your shopping, sit back, relax and enjoy the live music and entertainment at The Junction Stage, with a refreshing drink and something tasty, with so many options, you’ll not go hungry!

The Stage at The Junction Container Bar, Compered Kaitlyn Clark- Sponsored by The Junction

Time Act
11 am Kaitlyn Clark
11.15 am Anna Maria Boyle
12.15 pm

Kaitlyn Clark

12.30 pm

Holly Nadine

1.30 pm Kaitlyn Clark
1.45 pm Holly Nadine
2.45 pm Kaitlyn Clark
3 pm No Strings Attached

Enjoy all things prehistoric with a hands-on experience designed to transport you back to a time when we, as humans were more in tune with nature.

  • Try out flint knapping the technology of the past
  • Join the Wild Walk team on a foraging walk and discover how to identify common plants and trees. Learn their uses for food medicine or crafts.
  • Try your hand at spoon carving using only basic tools.
  • Get involved in one of the basics of minimalistic camping and learn how to set up a tarp shelter correctly.
  • Or just relax around the campfire with the Wild Walk team and chat about all things outdoors in the relaxing atmosphere of the Juerte!
Fly Casting and Tying
  • Try your hand at fly casting and tying a fly, with expert instruction by members of The Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors. This will be based in the pleasure gardens, along the banks of the river.
  • On Sunday 16 June there will be a Father and Child fly casting competition held, with a prize up for grabs at the end of the day.