Generation Game At Garden Festival Launch

Generation Game At Garden Festival Launch

UTV presenter Rita Fitzgerald was joined by her two year old daughter Ellie and Ellie’s grandmother to officially launch the 2013 Airtricity Garden Festival taking place in the stunning setting of the private gardens of Hillsborough Castle from 17 – 19 May. The 2013 event promises to offer something for every generation.

Representing the first time the Castle has opened its gardens for a public event, visitors to the show will be treated to three days packed full of show gardens, plants and flowers galore, garden ideas, demonstrations and expert advice, children’s garden games, treasure hunts around the Hillsborough Castle gardens, stalls of all kinds, home-made food, craft workshops, cream teas, jazz and wine on the lawn, entertainment, learning and a lot of fun for every age group.

To top it off there will be a star appearance by celebrity gardener and renowned writer Monty Don.  All the activity will be set in the exclusive surrounds of one of Ireland’s most iconic buildings and in addition the house itself will also be open each day with specially discounted rates for show patrons.

Event Organiser, Claire Faulkner is looking forward this year’s event, “We are thrilled to be realizing our dream of having the Airtricity Garden Festival within the magnificent lawns and parkland of Hillsborough Castle. The event this year will be a whole new experience for visitors with such a stunning backdrop and the opportunity to wander through these historic gardens. The event has always attracted several generations from individual families and the show has something for all tastes and all ages. It will be the ultimate ‘Garden Party’! “

Northern Ireland Tourist Board Events Manager, Eddie Rowan said,” We are delighted once again to support the Airtricity Garden Festival at Hillsborough Castle. This great event will not only showcase a vast array of spectacular flora to add vibrancy and colour to the gardens of Northern Ireland, but it will also generate a significant boost to the local economy.  In addition, the range and quality of activity and entertainment on offer for all to experience will encourage more visitors from both at home and beyond to attend. I commend the organisers for their continued dedication to the garden show in Hillsborough and wish everyone a very enjoyable weekend.”

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