Antrim Castle Gardens will be bursting with colour from May 5-7 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the beautiful venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun.
With a renewed focus on gardens this year there will be more to entice and inspire every level of gardener with a warm welcome being extended to Joe Swift from BBC Gardeners’ World, who will be sharing his extensive knowledge during a series of talks on Friday, May 5.
Allianz Garden Show Ireland Director Claire Faulkner said: “Thanks to the on-going support of our sponsors and partners, the 2017 Show will be bigger and better than ever before and I am delighted that Allianz joins us once again as title sponsor. This year will be a celebration of this country’s rich local heritage, a theme embraced by participants throughout the Show. So it is particularly fitting that the event is staged in Antrim Castle Gardens which is in itself a living museum of four centuries of local heritage”.
Northern Irish heritage is the influence behind the Show’s stunning large feature garden designed by Belfast based Architect and Landscape Designer James Purdy who takes his inspiration from the Mournes, while the community focused team challenge gardens will celebrate CS Lewis and draw inspiration from Narnia.
Damien O’Neill, Group Head of Marketing for Allianz said: “Gardening enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to learn at the Show with a wealth of talks and demonstrations running throughout the three day event including talks from GIY (Grow It Yourself) founder Michael Kelly, expert gardening writer Geoff Stebbings and local expert and former director of Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, Reg Maxwell.
Food continues to be a major part of the Show with the Food NI Kitchen showcasing the best of local artisan produce as well as lively demonstrations from food author Paula McIyntre who will be joined on May 6 by food writer and cook Thane Prince who will be performing demonstrations and giving talks.
New to the Show will be a series of Art in the Garden events including a collection of specially created wall hangings made by a talented group of quilt makers.
Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey John Scott said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase this stunning and unique venue to the thousands of visitors who travel from throughout Ireland and far beyond to the Show each year. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is extremely proud to support this prestigious event.”
For tickets and more information visit www.gardenshowireland.com