Antrim Castle Garden’s will be filled with colour from 8th-10th May 2015 as Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns to the venue for a three day festival of flowers, food and fun.
Boasting a new title sponsor for 2015, this year’s event will be larger than ever before as it delivers a packed programme including appearances by a host of key names from the world of gardening and food - not least the return of a firm favourite - BBC’s Monty Don.
Antrim Castle Gardens is one of the most unique and historically intact gardens under public ownership in Ireland and is the perfect setting for this eventDirector Claire Faulkner
Commenting on the return of the Show to Antrim, Director Claire Faulkner stated: “We are proud that after the success of the 2014 Show, Antrim Borough Council has invited Northern Ireland’s premier gardening event back to this magnificent venue for a second year. Antrim Castle Gardens is one of the most unique and historically intact gardens under public ownership in Ireland and is the perfect setting for this event. We are also thrilled that our long term supporter Allianz has become our title sponsor and look forward to a great event in May.“
The 2015 Allianz Garden Show Ireland programme will focus on bringing the fun of ‘all things garden’ to as many people as possible. Sitting alongside the traditional array of plants, artisan food stalls, local craft and show gardens will be fun filled activities appealing to all age groups. Live music, a dedicated kids zone, a garden cinema, a mind and spirit zone and much more. In essence, this event is about much more than simply gardening!
Damien O’Neill Group Head of Marketing Allianz commented: “Allianz have been supporting communities in NI through their association with Garden Show Ireland since 2008 and are delighted to have secured title sponsorship for the 2015 event. Every year this magical weekend attracts thousands of people looking for inspiration for their gardens. We are delighted to be part of such a unique event and are very much looking forward to all that this year’s Allianz Garden Show Ireland has to offer.”
The emphasis in every aspect of the show is about encouraging people to get involved and enjoy their gardens. For Primary Schools there is the opportunity to design and build a scarecrow for Allianz Scarecrow Wood or be part of the Allianz Schools’ Garden Challenge creating ‘Edible Container Gardens’ and Secondary Schools will be designing and producing gardens for display. The Enkalon Team Garden Challenge encourages everyone to get involved in gardening with community groups, colleges and groups of friends building a garden in a day. There will be food challenges, flower arranging competitions, theatre in the garden, jazz and more.
In recognition of the growing importance of food provenance Allianz Garden Show Ireland has established a new partnership in 2015 with Food NI which will see an expanded Food Pavilion with numerous demonstrations by local chefs using local produce and a huge selection of local producers in attendance.
Mayor of Antrim, Cllr Brian Graham is also looking forward to welcoming the show back to Antrim.
He said: “Last year this event was a major boost for Antrim bringing thousands of visitors to the Castle Gardens. It helped to promote this stunning and unique venue to the rest of the world and show what we have to offer.”
The 2015 Allianz Garden Show Ireland will run from 8th-10th May at Antrim Castle Gardens and is open daily from 10am-6pm with parking adjacent. Adults are £10 (concession £8) and the event is FREE for children under 16.
There is a reduced rate for online booking and for more information visit www.gardenshowireland.com.