This week-end, something really pretty is happening in Christ Church cathedral. The first Dublin Garden Festival has established its quarters there, “bringing the outside inside”. I actually never visited Christ Church before so when I saw the event’s programme, I thought what better time than now that the cathedral is all dolled up, filled to the brim with flowers, trees and shrubs.
The festival includes tips from gardening experts and personalities (Diarmuid Gavin will give a talk on Sunday), demos, awarded flower arrangement exhibitions, choirs and concerts. You can check the programme on the festival’s website for more information.
In the cathedral’s crypt, there is also an artisan market where I spotted beautiful wicker baskets (summer is always a good time to bring your inner Jane Birkin methinks) and luscious soy candles.
On the cathedral grounds stand a food market (free access) with your standard homemade and organic products as well as flower stalls. Surprisingly, there are also birds of prey on exhibition. I don’t think I’ve ever been so close to an eagle or an owl before.
There is also a petting zoo with lambs, a goat kid, a turkey, a piglet, guinea pigs, ducklings and rabbits. My festival experience was topped by some quality time spent with my homies (as seen in the above picture). It is quite possible that a few nudges were exchanged in the process.
Dublin Garden Festival, 13-15 June 2014
Christ Church Cathedral
Check out the programme at http://dublingardenfestival.ie
Admission Fee (Cathedral+Crypt): Adult 12€ / Seniors & Students 10€ / Children < 12yo Free / Passes
The access to the food market outside the cathedral is free.
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Bus: 13, 27, 37, 39 40, 49, 51D, 54A, 69, 70 77, 79, 83, 123, 145