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7th Galway Garden Festival,

Claregalway Castle,

Sat & Sun, July 2th & 3rd, 11am - 6pm.


Festival Admission € 10.00 pp per day

Children FREE

Open daily 11 am - 6pm

Supporting CBM Ireland

Get Ready for the 2016 Galway Garden Festival - We are! For a flavour of what your may be in for, have a look at the 2015 programme below. It is going to be another great year!!!!!
A video collection from the two days of the 2015 Galway Garden Festival.

2016 Speakers Programme

Saturday July 2nd 2016

  • 13.00 Alan Whetham Rose Specialist - Just Roses - 'Getting the best from your roses'
  • 14.00 Dr. Phil Havercroft President of ISNA (Irish Specialists Nurseries Association)- 'Peonies - History, Cultivation & latest developments'
  • 15.00 Carl Wright Caher Bridge Garden - 'Making a Garden in the West of Ireland - The Caher Bridge Garden Story
  • 16.00 Jane Stark Botanic Artist   - 'An intrepid Breed: Four centuries of female botanical artists'

Sunday July 3rd 2016

  • 13.00 Dr. Marina Levitina Author, Film maker & Ecologist- 'The Gift of Dandelions'
  • 14.00 Helen Dillon Author, Broadcaster & Internationally acclaimed garden consultant  - 'Evolution of a Garden'
  • 15.00 Dr. Dermot O'Flynn Physician with herbal tendencies - 'Tending your inner Garden'
  • 16.00 Dr. Rosamund Bartlett Author, biographer & a Trustee of Anton Chekov Foundation - 'Chekovs Healing Garden'

Live Music

Galway Garden Festival also offers a feast of outdoor melody with St. Patricks Brass Band, Corrib String Quartet, Nuada, Coole Music, Galway Baytones, Colm 'Stride' O'Brien, Silvermoon Jazz Band, Aimee Banks & more

Aimee Banks is a fourteen year old Soprano from Moycullen who had the honour of representing Ireland at The Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sophia Bulgaria 2015.
A few weeks after returning from Bulgaria Aimee had the honour of performing in Carnegie Hall having won her first International Vocal title for the Operatic Aria Category in the International Vocal Competition, American Protégé. Her rendition of Handel’s Lascia Ch’io Pianga earned her a Special Recognition Award for Performance of the night.
2016 began with a memorable opportunity at Dublin Convention Centre where Aimee performed “Imagine” with The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland at the Governments Launch of 1916 Commemorations.
 This was followed with a performance in The National Concert Hall Dublin with the wonderful Three Tenors Ireland.
Aimee loves to participate in Irelands Classical Festival Feis Ceoil and this year secured Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary 2016 (Sligo Feis Ceoil) having also won the Award 2015 at Midlands.
She then flew to Boston USA in April where she performed at Boston Symphony Hall, The Norman Rockwell Museum and The Whitney Centre for the Arts in Massachusetts.
Things haven’t stopped there in May Aimee was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture” from GRETB (Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board).


Fanzini Brothers "Circus Jukebox", 'Yer Mans' Puppets, Oddie Braddell, Medieval Armoured Knights in Combat & more

Festival Highlights

  • Rare and native plants, seeds, trees, garden furniture, tools, pots, sculptures and craft work can be viewed and bought at the many stands
  • Browse the bookshop and meet great gardeners
  • Enjoy delicious Artisan Food, freshly cooked
  • The Botanical Art Exhibition will feature works of Irish and English botanical Artists resident in Ireland.
  • Courtesy shuttle bus from Ceannt Station on both days with thanks to Bus Eireann.
  • Shuttle Bus Times on Saturday & Sunday - from Ceannt Station beginning at 10.30 am, next bus will be at 12.30 then 14.30 and last bus at 16.30.  Going back to Galway from Claregalway Castle first bus 11.30, next bus 13.30 then 15.30 with the last bus leaving at 17.30.

2013 Galway Garden Festival movie clip.





Bígí linn ag an deireadh seachtaine speisialta seo.

Recipients of gate proceeds from the Galway Garden Festival The Galway Garden Festival Supports Galway Simon The Galway Garden Festival supports CBM

All Gate Profits from The Galway Garden Festival are donated to:
The Christian Blind Mission to alleviate avoidable blindness


Míle búiochas to our sponsors below.

  • Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe
  • Déanta i nGaillimh
  • Bus Eireann

2016 Sponsors of the Galway Garden Festival Iarnród Eireann - ag  choimirciú ár féile. Déanta i nGaillimh - supporting Galway food and craft producers. Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe - friend an sponsor of the Galway Garden Festival. Bus Eireann - ag  choimirciú ár féile. Friend of the Festival and supplier of FREE bus travel to atendees.

International Year of Soil Conference 6th July 2015 10am - 5pm

The National Conference on soil will be held at Claregalway Castle on Monday July 6th with Klaus Laitenberger and a panel of expert speakers.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

For more information and to secure your place for this excellent Conference please contact Margaret on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone”. --Czeslaw Milosz - ‘Longing’

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“A society grows great when old men plant trees, under whose shade they know they shall never sit”. - Greek proverb.

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B was known as Beithe ‘Birch’, L as Luis ‘Rowan’, and N as Nin ‘Ash’. The whole alphabet was often called Beithe Luis Nin.

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