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THE 9th ANNUAL GALWAY GARDEN FESTIVAL
AT CLAREGALWAY CASTLE
with, Music, Street Theatre, Food, Craft and a Medieval Tournament
The 2018 Galway Garden Festival will take place on Saturday 7st and Sunday 8nd July, at Claregalway Castle. This will be the 9th year of an uniquely charming garden event which caters for all tastes.
A wonderful gathering of the very best of rare and special plant traders from all over Ireland, a programme of expert talks, a fine artisan food and crafts arena including the best of ‘Made in Galway’, as well as a host of musical entertainment and open-air performance.
On Saturday, internationally respected author, arborist and gardener Thomas Pakenham will talk on aspects of his most recent book - ‘The Company of Trees’.
Kitty Scully will present ‘Greening up the Grey – the growing trend of gardens in the workplace; she will share lots of practical organic gardening tips and update on her most recent gardening adventures with a technology company in Cork city.
Alan Whetham – proprietor of Irelands only specialist rose centre will present ‘My Love affair with Roses.
On Sunday – Helen Dillon – internationally celebrated Gardener, Author, Journalist and Broadcaster- will present ‘Starting over’. Her famous Dublin garden has featured in magazines worldwide. She has recently begun a new grand project and will present her experience to date in her own inimitable fashion.
‘Wild Plants of Lough Corrib’ is the theme of author, film-maker, herbalist and educator Dr. Marina Levitina. The shores of Lough Corrib are home to an incredible variety of wildflowers, including many medicinal plants. Dr Levitina will talk about some of these, how to identify them, and what we can do to ensure they continue to thrive.
Dr Phil Havercroft, Secretary of Irish Specialist Nurseries Association , will talk on ‘Garden Perennials – a celebration the less well known’
On both days Klaus Laitenberger, who has recently returned from a 4 month research expedition to the Andes will present ‘The Lost Foods of the Incas’
Musical guests on both days include Galways wonderful St Patricks Brass Band and Silvermoon Trad Jazz quartet. The renowned Black Magic Big Band will play on Sunday afternoon. Other guests include the folk duo Four Schillings Short and Sonic Strings of Coole Music orchestra and more to be announced,
Fanzini Circus Productions will delight with their brand new show – Ballet Poulet – when two world class Olympian Idiots bring to you their latest masterpiece. Youth Ballet West w ill awe crowds with their very special dance performance .
Yer Mans Puppets Cabaret will introduce some new characters and bring along old favorites to entertain all ages. Nemo the Magician will make a very special guest appearance on both days. The festival will feature real battles between Knights in Armour from Medieval Armed Combat Ireland. David Swift from historic re-enactment group ‘Claoimh’ will recreate aspects of local history in an highly entertaining way.
A range of freshly cooked foods, handmade crafts and assorted wares are available as part of an artisan market. The Botanical Art Expo is a well-established attraction at the festival, and many of the paintings on exhibition are for sale, along with limited edition prints, and cards.
The 2018 9th Galway Garden Festival takes place between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, 7st & 8nd of July at Claregalway Castle. Entry is €10 and children go free – this entry fee gives access to EVERYTHING on site – music/talks/entertainment , with gate profits going to support CBM Ireland ( Christian Blind Mission ). There is free parking close-by and a FREE BUS –courtesy of Bus Eireann - runs regularly to and from Ceannt Station in Galway City. So come to Galway for a very special weekend!.
For all information, including further programme announcements, see www.galwaygardenfestival.com.
CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. With over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a inclusive society for all. www.cbm.com
“Being involved with a local garden festival that brings colour, fun and community involvement that the clients of Galway Simon who become volunteers during the festival look forward to palying a key role as part of the huge volunteer festival team every summer” say Hazel Hendy form Galway Simon. www.galwaysimon.ie
2015 Annoucement of Summer Festival dates
The 2015 Galway Garden Festival will be held on the 4th and 5th July with gate profits to partner charities, which in 2015 will again be Claregalway Day Care, Galway Simon Community and CBM Ireland.
In the meantime why not see Claregalway castle in winter? Come this weekend 13th & 14th December 12 noon – 8 pm for a memorable Christmas Fair.
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