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2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland runs from 5th-7th May at the stunning Antrim Castle Garde...


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Expanding the forest resource in Wicklow

County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland has a rich tradition in forestry. It has the largest proportionate forest cover by county with 22% of the land area in forestry. While over 15,000 hectares of this forest area is already in private ownership, significant further opportunities exist for farmers and landowners to diversify into a forest enterprise and thereby capitalize on an outstanding natural resource. 

Read more: Expanding the forest resource in Wicklow

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Royal FloraHolland: 12.5 billion flowers and plants traded in 2016

It has been a flourishing year for the floriculture industry. Royal FloraHolland traded a total of 12.5 billion products in 2016, an increase of 0.3%. The company has posted a turnover of €4.6 billion, up 3.8% from last year.

Read more: Royal FloraHolland: 12.5 billion flowers and plants traded in 2016

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The danger of forest fires: be prepared.

Uncontrolled wildfires can have devastating consequences. We can all help protecting our countryside, forest resource, and property by being vigilant and being prepared.

Read more: The danger of forest fires: be prepared.

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The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival returns to Killruddery House and Gardens

Calling Tomato lovers - the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival returns to Killruddery House & Gardens this September for another celebration of the diversity and flavor of the not-so-humble tomato. With contests, exhibitions, recipes and a host of guest speakers, the festival is not just a tomato enthusiast’s dream - it’s the best possible opportunity for those new to growing to gain some valuable experience and hear advice from renowned experts.

Read more: The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival returns to Killruddery House and Gardens

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GLDA Helps Make-A-Wish Foundation's 2000th Wish Come True with Magical Fairy Garden

GLDA were delighted to help Make-A-Wish Ireland make their 2000th wish come true. David Shortall MGDLA designed and project managed this Magical Fairy Garden for a little girl called Brooke.

Read more: GLDA Helps Make-A-Wish Foundation's 2000th Wish Come True with Magical Fairy Garden

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International Best Practice Being Shared in Galway to Support Vibrant Food Chains

Teagasc hosted 20 EU experts in Galway for a 2-day meeting on the 10th and 11th of April to examine short food supply chains. This network, known as the SKIN (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) project, is looking to identify best practice in short food chains across Europe to develop economically resilient chains that provide environmental and social benefits to the regions in which they are located.

Read more: International Best Practice Being Shared in Galway to Support Vibrant Food Chains

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Luke Murphy appointed as Glee’s new Senior Marketing Executive

A familiar face amongst Glee’s marketing team has reason to celebrate as they become the show’s new permanent Senior Marketing Executive. 

Read more: Luke Murphy appointed as Glee’s new Senior Marketing Executive

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Allianz Garden Show celebrates National Gardening Week

In celebration of the start of National Gardening Week, Allianz Garden Show Ireland is delighted to confirm a stellar line-up of gardening experts and truly interesting garden spaces that will entice and inspire visitors to Antrim Castle Gardens from 5 – 7 May.

Read more: Allianz Garden Show celebrates National Gardening Week

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The Value of Co-Design /Co-Production as a Methodology for Promoting Sustainable and Just Cities

"There are diverse approaches to transdisciplinary co-production/co-design/co-creation, which all share the key features of deep and extended participation."

Read more: The Value of Co-Design /Co-Production as a Methodology for Promoting Sustainable and Just Cities

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Fantastic Family Fun for all at Allianz Garden Show Ireland

Antrim Castle Gardens will be transformed on the 5th to 7th of May into a festival of flowers, food and fun as Allianz Garden Show Ireland take over the magnificent venue bringing gardening inspiration, foodie treats and family fun to the thousands of visitors who flock to the event each year.

Read more: Fantastic Family Fun for all at Allianz Garden Show Ireland

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Art in the Garden at Garden Show Ireland

We are so excited to be offering such a rich variety of artistic activities this year in our celebration of Northern Ireland’s heritage. It is a privilege to host the up and coming young talent represented in the Brass Ensemble and in Sestina, alongside our evergreen Martello Jazz Band, as well as the unique experience of hosting the Sing for Life Choir which plays such an important role in the lives of many in our community affected by cancer.

Read more: Art in the Garden at Garden Show Ireland

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Meet Teagasc at TIMBER 2017

The Forestry Development Department, Teagasc will highlight its extensive advisory, research, and training services at the Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show 2017. This year’s Show will take place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May 2017 at the Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois.

Read more: Meet Teagasc at TIMBER 2017

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Forest Management Walks: Starting Next Week!

Teagasc in association with the Forest Service (DAFM) is organizing a nationwide series of forest walks starting next week. These walks focus on the management of young forests. Management objectives can be wide ranging: from timber production to biodiversity and recreation.

Read more: Forest Management Walks: Starting Next Week!

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Organic Production Courses – now open for booking

Teagasc are now accepting bookings online for their 25hr Organic Production courses that are taking place in Athenry, Macroom, and Portlaoise.

Read more: Organic Production Courses – now open for booking

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Participants and international visitors know where to find GGP 2017

Even though the 27th edition of the international trade show GrootGroenPlus, which will be held from 4-6 October 2017, is months away, all preparations are shifting gears. This is partly due to the many participants who already registered, and to the confirmation of international group visits. This shows that green professionals from all over the world know where to find the latest edition of this international trade fair.

Read more: Participants and international visitors know where to find GGP 2017

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Data on 15000 chemicals now available to use

Key information on around 15000 chemicals can now be downloaded and used. Researchers, regulatory authorities, and businesses can use it – not least to improve the safe use of chemicals, enable innovation and help avoid the unnecessary testing of chemicals on animals.

Read more: Data on 15000 chemicals now available to use

Featured Event

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05 May 2017 - 07 May 2017

Antrim Castle Gardens @ Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Rd, Antrim BT41 4LH, UK

2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

Antrim Castle Gardens will be bursting with colour from 5th - 7th May 2017 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 a 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 interesting talks on Friday 5th May.

Commenting on the return of the Show to Antrim, Allianz Garden Show Ireland Director Claire Faulkner stated,

“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”.

Local 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 commented,

“Allianz is delighted, once again, to be title sponsor in 2017. Last year’s event was a huge success and this year looks set to be better again. Allianz is committed to the sustainability of the environment and we recognize the big part that our gardens can play in achieving this goal. We know that the Show not only brings communities together but also showcases the very best in the world of gardening with all its attendant benefits. We are very much looking forward to all that this year's Allianz Garden Show Ireland has to offer.”

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 also continues to be a major part of the Allianz Garden Show Ireland with the Food NI Kitchen showcasing the very best of local artisan produce as well as lively demonstrations from the much loved local food author Paula McIyntre. Paula will be joined on Saturday 6th May by the hugely respected food writer and cook Thane Prince who will be performing demonstrations and sharing her experiences through a series of talks. The Food Garden will offer visitors an exciting range of local farm produce to enjoy in one of the many quiet spots throughout the Antrim Castle Gardens.

New to the Show this year will be a series of Art in the Garden events including a collection of wall hangings specially created for the Show and made by a talented group of quilt makers from around Northern Ireland. The Art theme continues with a range of musical offerings including talented young singers from Sestina, a brass ensemble from the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and the Sing for Life Choir as well as the ever popular Martello Jazz Band.

Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, Cllr John Scott is also looking forward to welcoming the Show back to Antrim,

“Following the huge success of last year’s event, I am delighted that the Allianz Garden Show Ireland will be returning to Antrim Castle Gardens this year. 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, which contributes so much to the economy of the local area.” 

Returning to the Show bigger and bolder than last year will be the Flower Arranging Pavilion which will welcome massive floral displays created by members of NIGFAS as well as a series of demonstrations and workshops from Gold Medallists Therese Quinn and Roberta Orr.

The family focused event has, over the last number of years, engaged with schools province-wide ensuring that the Show is eagerly anticipated by all the children who take part in the Allianz supported schools challenges. Primary Schools will be displaying their garden containers under the theme of ‘Enchanted Gardens’. Allianz Scarecrow Avenue meanwhile will come alive with scarecrows created by primary schools in the integrated sector who will be creating a ‘Legends of NI’ avenue.

Set in the stunning Antrim Castle Gardens the Allianz Garden Show Ireland continues to draw record crowds each year and this year and with extensive local parking and a short travel time from Belfast it really is an accessible day out for all.

Festival of Flowers & Gardens

Garden gurus galore!

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Allianz Garden Show Ireland brings together all the gardening expertise you need to get those garden questions answered!

Celebrity Gardeners will be offering advice and sharing some of their experiences with Show visitors. Joe Swift, a familiar gardening face having been a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners World since 1998 and anchorman for BBC’s coverage of Chelsea Flower Show, joins us on Friday 5 May to talk about ‘Making your dream garden garden come true on a budget’.

Hear about the ups and downs of growing your own from GIY (Grow It Yourself)Ireland founder, Michael Kelly. Michael suggests the Top 5 Veg you absolutely have to grow! And our team of experts will be there to answer all your gardening questions in the Garden Talks Tent which this year will be beautifully decorated by the NI Flower & Foliage Association.

Gardens and displays abound in this year’s Show with ideas and inspiration on how to achieve the results you want in your own garden space. A feature garden, created by young gold medal winning designer, James Purdy, takes centre stage and will be a ‘WOW’ with its wacky ideas! Taking its theme from the Show’s 2017 ‘Heritage’ theme, James’s garden “Heritage of Place” is inspired by the Mourne landscape which was Tolkien’s inspiration for his Lord of the Rings novels.

Hundreds of plants from the specialist nurseries in the Growers Pavilion and Plant Mall will be on display and to purchase. The growers themselves are on hand to share their knowledge and give expert advice on planting and growing. And visitors will be able to choose their favourite display and be in with the chance of winning a 3D landscape design package worth £300 kindly sponsored by AG(Acheson Glover).

Demonstrations and workshops on how to create stunning flower arrangements in the Flower Arranging Pavilion run each day. In 2017 the new expanded Pavilion will feature stunning floral artistry created by members of NIGFAS from around Northern Ireland.

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The Food NI Pavilion will be the focus for foodies at this year’s Festival!

Resident Chef, Paula McIntyre will be creating imaginative recipes for ‘Outdoor Dining!‘ and will be making use of all the local produce around her from Northern Ireland’s rich edible heritage. Paula will be sharing her superb knowledge of cooking with vegetables, herbs, and plants of all sorts including the creation of mouth-watering dishes from the produce you grow in your garden or in a hanging basket outside the kitchen!

On Saturday 6 May, the Food NI Kitchen hosts food judge from BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge, Thane Prince. Thane, who appeared as a regular chef on Ready, Steady, Cook, set up the acclaimed Aldeburgh Cookery School and has written extensively on food and cookery.

Gardens and displays around the Show will have experts on hand to provide advice on how to achieve the results you want in your own garden space to grow the herbs and vegetables you’ll really taste!

Indulge yourself in the Food NI Food Market! Local produce from cider and cheeses to chutneys and cupcakes, there’s mouth-watering local produce to buy.

Farm producers with locally reared beef, venison and fresh organic salads in the artisan food stalls are just some of the tempting delicacies on offer around the Show so visitors can relax and enjoy a delicious meal during their visit – or indeed share a cream tea with friends listening to the Jazz Band in the Punjana Tea Pavilion!

Festival of Family Fun

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Enjoy a day out with family and friends, soak up the atmosphere, make all your garden purchases, listen to the Jazz with a glass of wine, indulge in cream teas, enjoy the artisan foods and browse among the local crafts whilst the kids have a lot of fun!

The unique Allianz Garden Show Ireland atmosphere in Antrim Castle Gardens is enhanced with live music. The Jazz Band is always a popular stop for visitors and pop-up artists wander the site to entertain.

Celebrating our rich heritage in 2017, the Show abounds with artist’s offerings. “Tree Hangings” (as opposed to wall hangings!) greet visitors on their arrival, a specially created exhibition ‘Down the Garden Path’ produced by Loose Thread Quilters from around Northern Ireland.

Threading its way through the 2017 Show is the heritage of Northern Ireland from the history of our Linen industry to Craftsmen demonstrating Traditional Countryside Crafts. Watch the skill of a blacksmith artist, see how to turn green wood or create a wood sculpture from bog oak!

The Heritage Craft Pavilion is the place to browse and buy! From wood crafts and wicker baskets to paintings and pottery.

Take time to introduce yourself on arrival at the Show to some of the “Local Legends” inhabiting Scarecrow Avenue brought to Antrim by primary school children from the Integrated Sector! And enjoy the ‘Enchanted Gardens‘ based on legends and myths created by primary school children around Northern Ireland.

The annual Team Garden Challenge supported by the Enkalon Foundation this year also celebrates our heritage with gardens inspired by CS Lewis’s Narnia!

In 2017 the new expanded Flower Arranging Pavilion will feature stunning floral artistry created by members of NIGFAS from around Northern Ireland.

Young gardeners of all ages will find lots to do! They can get hands dirty planting flowers and seeds, help to build a fairy house, make a kite or a flower arrangement, learn how to attract wild birds to the garden, make insect hotels, or have a go at all the outdoor activities, archery, climbing walls and scavenging in the parkland woods!

Be entertained with some of Northern Ireland’s young artistic talent with members of Sestina ‘popping up’ around the Show in song and the Brass Ensemble from the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra playing at the Show on Saturday 6 May. Sunday 7 May sees the ‘Sing for Life‘ Choir, a partnership between Cancer Focus and the Crescent Arts Centre, perform with their 70 strong choir.

… and after using up all that energy, explore the parkland and gardens of Antrim Castle Gardens, and chill out in the ‘hammock hideout’ under the trees!

Children under 16 are FREE accompanied by an adult.

Buy your tickets here!