Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross said, "From our famed Jubilee Garden to our Coronation Garden, Antrim and Newtownabbey is an area of remarkable natural beauty. These creations further elevate the immense potential of our public realm and celebrate a rich horticulture tradition. Garden Show Ireland truly exemplifies this tradition and aligns with our ambitions to transform our public spaces and create a vibrant environment to work, play and visit."
Taking inspiration from garden designer Diarmuid Gavin's Jubilee Garden, this year's show is adopting "Pure Imagination" as its theme.
Gavin will be joined by Marie Staunton, Paul Smyth, Michael Kelly, Biruk Hailu, Klaus Laitenberger, Geoff Stebbings and Brian McCarthy for panel discussions on topics including gardening for health, food empathy, zero waste, indestructible plants, and how to achieve year-round colour, among other topics.
There will also be masterclasses, and hands-on workshops guided by organic gardeners including Biruk Hailu, and Klaus Laitenberger will host a series of demonstrations on seed growing and propagation while the Northern Ireland Flower and Foliage Association (NIFFA) will deliver workshops on foraging for table arrangements, sustainable floristry techniques, wearable floral creations and more.
Gavin said, "I'm so excited about this year's Garden Show Ireland which is going to be different to any other Show. We invite you to have a go at gardening and we show you how to do it.
"Garden Show Ireland is a real celebration of all things green, indoors and out. It's a show packed with pure gardening imagination and whether your garden is a windowsill, a suburban plot or acres of country garden this is a festival for you.
"We're potty about pots and mad about plants, we’ve flower farmers and indoor jungle experts, grow your own displays and a floral hat competition. I'll be running a series of Design Your Own Garden masterclasses and will be joined by gardening greats across the weekend keen to share inspiration and insights. There really is something for everyone!"
Tickets for Garden Show Ireland can be purchased online at GardenShowIreland.com. Children under 16 go free.
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