Gardening guru, Bunny Guinness, was on hand at this year’s Garden Show Ireland, invited by Tourism Ireland. The gardening expert has been helping to promote gardens throughout the island of Ireland and her endorsement means that many gardening enthusiasts in Great Britain have developed an even greater interest in visiting gardens in Northern Ireland.
Garden Show Ireland had two other special guests this year, as the winners of a competition run by Tourism Ireland in Canada attended the opening day of the show in Hillsborough. Brenda Carter and her daughter, Selena Fotheringham, both from Ontario, enjoyed their prize of a week-long trip to Ireland, visiting many of the landmark gardens for which the island of Ireland is known. Powerscourt House and Gardens and Mount Usher in Co Wicklow, as well as the Palm House at the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, were amongst the botanical treats they enjoyed, in addition to the Garden Show.
Claire Faulkner, Garden Show Ireland organiser, commented, “This year we were pleased to welcome Canadian prize-winners to the Garden Festival and were delighted they had such a wonderful day at Hillsborough. The support of Tourism Ireland has meant that the Garden Festival has become a landmark on the tourism calendar, with visitors coming from far afield. We look forward to building on the groundwork we have already laid and to welcoming even more overseas visitors next year.”
Pictured at one of the beautiful garden displays are (l-r) Brenda Carter, winner of “Canada Blooms” competition; Aubrey Irwin, Tourism Ireland; Claire Faulkner, show organiser; John Cushnie, gardening expert and broadcaster; Selena Fotheringham, prize-winner; and Bunny Guinness, garden designer and broadcaster.
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland, tel: 028 7035 9260/ 07766 527719
Sonya Cassidy, Weber Shandwick, tel: 028 9034 7300/ 07770 886949