Some of Northern Ireland’s top flower arrangers will represent the UK-wide National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) at this year’s prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place in London next week (20-24 May). Tourism Ireland is supporting their efforts – which will help to showcase Northern Ireland’s gardens at the world’s most famous flower show; last year more than 157,000 people attended the Chelsea Flower Show, with many millions tuning in to see it on BBC and other TV channels.
Each year, one regional member of the NAFAS is invited to exhibit at Chelsea – and this year it’s the turn of the Northern Ireland group. Their exhibit, called “A Green Thought in a Green Place” (a quotation from Andrew Marvel’s poem “The Garden”), has been inspired by gardens around Northern Ireland, and in particular by Lady Edith’s Italianate garden at Mount Stewart.
Aubrey Irwin, Tourism Ireland’s head of Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted to support the Northern Ireland flower arranging team at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. We are confident that their beautiful display, inspired by Lady Edith’s Italianate garden at Mount Stewart, will encourage those who see it to come and visit the place which inspired the design. The Chelsea Flower is one of the greatest horticultural events in the world, so it’s an ideal opportunity to shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland’s wonderful gardens.”
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
- In 2013, an estimated 1.789 million overseas visitors visited Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately £438 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is ireland.com, which is rolling out in 11 different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.