The Marquis of Downshire with Edwin Poots
MLA, Minister for Culture, Arts & Leisure; CIIr. Paul
Givan, Lisburn City Council; CIIr. Bill Gardiner-
Watson, Lisburn City Council; CIIr. Allan Ewart, Lisburn
City Council; Claire Faulkner, Garden Show Ireland; CIIr
Trevor Lunn, Lisburn City Council; CIIr Jim Dillon,
Lisburn City Council.
The Marquis of Downshire with Lucy Cook,
Garden Design by Lucy Cook; Edwin Poots MLA, Minister
for Culture, Arts & Leisure; Elaine Cunningham, Hardy
Hill Garden Centre; CIIr Allan Ewart, Lisburn City
THE Garden Festival which takes place this
June at Hillsborough Castle has been officially launched.
Paul Mooney, CAFRE
Greenmount Campus and Derek Alexander,
Hillsborough Horticultural Society
Once again in the Walled Garden at
Hillsborough Castle from June 6 - 8, the Garden Festival hopes
to capture the same magic of its historic setting as green
fingered gardeners and budding enthusiasts alike gather to
admire the floral displays and listen to the expert advice on
hand while the deckchair gardeners sit at the bandstand and
enjoy their cream teas.
The Marquis of Downshire
with Gailmarie Milligan, Victoria
Tannahill and Christopher Kane from
Beechlawn School in Hillsborough
planting a tree in the Castle grounds to
replace the one planted in 1872 by his
Celebrating the launch of this colourful
event the Patron of Garden Show Ireland, the Marquis of
Downshire planted a pine tree to replace the one planted by his
Great Grandfather the Infant Earl of Hillsborough in 1872 which
had this winter succumbed to old age.
He said: "I am delighted to see the gardens
of Hillsborough Castle opened up during the Garden Festival for
so many people to enjoy. And this year there is so much more to
see with the development of the Garden Festival, and the
renovation of parts of Hillsborough Castle's gardens."
This year the Garden Festival has expanded to
embrace even more gardening gurus.
The well known faces of Dermot O'Neill and John
Cushnie will be joined by horticulturalist Frances MacDonald
from Wexford while by popular demand the Bayer Garden Roadshow
returns with Martin Fish and Geoff Stebbings joined this year by
Lisburn City Councillor Allan Ewart was at
the launch of the Garden Festival.
He said: "The activities in the Garden
Festival create a wonderful day out or week-end away. Lisburn
City Council is delighted to support Garden Show Ireland which
brings significant economic benefit to the local area."
Minister for the Department of Culture, Arts
and Leisure, Edwin Poots MLA commented: "The Garden Festival is
an excellent example of a top quality event which has grown each
year, last year attracting nearly 30,000 visitors to the
"!I would like to see more events like this,
organised and run by local people and attracting an
The Garden Festival at Hillsborough Castle
takes place from 6 to 8 June 2008. Opening times are 10am to 8pm
on Friday 6 June and 10am to 6pm on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8
June. Admission is £9 for Adults, £7 Concession and FREE to
Children when accompanied by an adult.
Special car parks have been organised for
visitors to the Garden Festival with a complementary shuttle bus
to the Walled Garden.
To buy tickets visit
www.gardenshowireland.com or telephone Garden Show Ireland
on (0044) 2897 561993.