The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who flocked to Antrim Castle Gardens for this year’s Garden Show Ireland.
Following the completion of the largest ever historic garden restoration undertaken in Ireland, the 400-year-old gardens at Antrim Castle provided the perfect new backdrop for Garden Show Ireland.
Alys Fowler from BBC Gardeners’ World; Ireland’s world-renowned plantswoman Helen Dillon; and Bunny Guinness, winner of six Chelsea gold medals, author and regular panelist on BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time, were just some of the experts on hand to provide advice to budding gardeners over the course of the weekend.
With thousands of specialist plants, great garden shopping, garden designers and show gardens, a craft village, a free design pavilion, artisan food stalls, live music, garden gourmet, garden challenges, a dedicated kids zone and more, the event proved to be the ultimate garden show experience for gardeners of all ages and experiences.
Speaking ahead of the event, Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Roderick Swann, added: “Hosting the garden show within Antrim Castle Gardens is a perfect fit and the beginning of what we hope will be a long partnership between Antrim Borough Council and Garden Show Ireland.”