Art in the Gardens

2 min read   April 5th, 2017

Antrim Castle Gardens will be transformed into a celebration of Northern Irish heritage through the arts, during the Allianz Garden Show Ireland which takes place 5th to 7th May.

With a stunning selection of live music throughout the Show, a unique tree hanging exhibition and large scale floral art displays it is set to be a true artistic delight not forgetting the exceptional garden designs that visitors will see.

Director of Garden Show Ireland Claire Faulkner commented,

“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. All of them demonstrate the importance of music and will be adding to the unique atmosphere of the Show.

And how unique is a tree hanging exhibition! Visitors to the Show will be amazed by a real one of a kind exhibition which has been created by the Loose Thread Quilters, whose large tree hanging displays of over 30 quilts will be suspended from trees in the gardens. The exhibition quilts are all handmade and inspired by our rich heritage within Northern Ireland.”

Art in the Garden - Pupils St Mary's Saintfield

Damien O’Neill, Group Head of Marketing for Allianz commented,

“This year is set to be an assault on all the senses! With musical performances from the young and not so young, fantastic floral displays and innovative garden designs complemented by home spun crafts, Antrim Castle Gardens will be showcasing not only a horticultural feast but also an artistic one for all visitors.”    

Large scale floral displays interpreting the theme, “Down the Garden Path” are being created by members of the Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arrangement Societies from all around Northern Ireland in the newly expanded Flower Arranging Pavilion. As well as a wide selection of flower arranging demonstrations and workshops throughout the three day event.

Northern Ireland’s rich heritage in traditional countryside crafts will be evident through talented craftsmen demonstrating their skills at the Show. Visitors will be able to enjoy blacksmith Eamonn Higgins working with the glowing metal as he creates items live for visitors as well as gifted craftsmen creating wood sculptures from bog oak.

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

For tickets and more information on the Show which runs from 5th-7th May please visit