Parks and Open Spaces

The Mid and East Antrim Flower Show

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The Mid and East Antrim Flower Show gives the opportunity for local gardeners, bakers and floral artists, whether seasoned or novice, to help create a marvellous extravaganza of flowers, fruit and vegetables and home-baked delights.

The Mid and East Antrim Flower Show gives the opportunity for local gardeners, bakers and floral artists, whether seasoned or novice, to help create a marvellous extravaganza of flowers, fruit and vegetables and home-baked delights.

Hoping to appeal to as many of our green-fingered citizens as possible we have included a wide range of classes and creative competitions including The Children’s Section which encourages children up to 16 years old to showcase their budding talent.

We strongly encourage both experts and novices to apply. All entries are welcome, whatever your skill levels so why not encourage neighbours, family and friends to have a go? If you have never participated in a flower show before, why not take the opportunity to be part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Annual Flower Show?

Alongside the Flower Show on Saturday 17 August there were lots of activities on offer at our Summer Fair.

Flower Show Winners

Charles Holmes

Charles Holmes won:

  • Best Cut Flower Exhibit
  • Best Dahlia Exhibit
  • Most Points in Cut Flowers
  • Most Points in Dahlia Exhibit
  • Most Points overall in Flower Show

Ronnie Campbell

Best Rose Exhibit: Ronnie Campbell

Ivan Morrow

Most Points in Rose Exhibit: 3rd place Ronnie Campbell, 2nd place Avril Graham, 1st place Ivan Morrow


Clive Kavanagh

Best Garden Variety: Clive Kavanagh

Shirley Woodside

Best Pot Plant: Shirley Woodside

Elizabeth Boyd

Elizabeth Boyd won:

  • Most Points in Pot Plants
  • Best Cactus Exhibit

Jennifer Herron

Jennifer Herron won:

  • Most Points in Vegetable Section
  • Best Grow Your Own Selection
  • Best Novelty Vegetable
  • Best Exhibit in Home Industry

Best Flower Arrangement: Jemma Boyd

Julie Carlisle

Julie Carlisle won:

  • Most Points in Flower Arrangement Section
  • Best in Show

Christine Cahoon

Best Flower Arrangement (novice class): Christine Cahoon

David McAuley

Best Exhibit in Junior Section: David McAuley

Aaron Wilson

Most Points in Junior Section: Aaron Wilson

Nicola McCrudden

Most Points in Home Industry: 3rd place Nicola Cowan, 2nd place Maureen Dunwoody, 1st place Nicola McCrudden

Competition Rules (For Reference)

  1. Entries to the show are free. Schedules and entry forms will be available from Council venues. Hard copy entries should be posted or submitted to: Flower Show, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Parks & Open Spaces, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG. Alternatively email your entry to: Should you have any queries please telephone 0300 124 5000.
  2. All entries must be submitted no later than 4pm on Thursday 15 August. Entries will not be accepted after this deadline.
  3. Exhibits may be staged between 6pm to 9pm on Friday 16 August and on the morning of the show between 8am to 10am. We would ask that care be taken by exhibitors using the facilities in the Larne Market Yard and that all materials be cleared away after set up. No changes to entries will be permitted during staging times.
  4. Exhibitor cards will be available on Friday 16 August from 6pm at Larne Market Yard and on Saturday 17 August from 8am.
  5. Exhibitor cards must be completed by the exhibitor and placed face down at each exhibit prior to judging. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to ensure the correct card is placed at the relevant exhibit. Names must not be written on the exhibitor cards.
  6. Exhibits must be staged, ready for judging by 10am sharp on the morning of the show. Judging will commence at 10.30am. No person except the judges, stewards or persons officially appointed, will be allowed to remain in the exhibition area during the time of judging. Doors to the flower show exhibits will open to the public at 1pm and the presentation of prizes will take place at 3.30pm.
  7. There is no restriction on the number of entries which an exhibitor may show in any one class.
  8. An exhibitor may be awarded more than one prize in any class unless otherwise stated. All points earned will count towards allocation of trophies.
  9. Points in all sections are awarded as follows: 1st - 3 points, 2nd - 2 points, 3rd – 1 point. In the event of a tie the award will be awarded to the exhibitor gaining the greatest number of first places.
  10. The decision of the judges shall be final as to merit. Any other points of dispute shall be referred to the organisers for decision which shall be final and binding on all parties.
  11. All exhibits will remain the property of the exhibitors and may be removed following the presentation of awards at 3.30pm. Exhibits not removed by 4.30pm will be disposed of at the discretion of the organisers.
  12. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will not be responsible for any damage to personal property, theft or personal injury at this event.
  13. Vases required for the cut flower section will be provided by the organisers. However, there are only a limited number of display boxes for roses and pansies. Those entering the Flower Arrangement Section should bring their own containers, vases etc.
  14. The organisers trust that all exhibits in the cut flowers, pot plant and vegetable sections have been grown by the exhibitors.
  15. The rules for judging vegetables contained in the current edition of the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘RHS Horticultural Show Handbook’ will be used.
  16. When exhibiting flowers exhibitor should state variety if known.
  17. Children are encouraged to enter any class they wish and are not restricted to the Junior Section.

Grow Your Own Selection

The Grow Your Own Selection is four classes of vegetables taken from classes 45-70 inclusive. The vegetables must be displayed within an area of maximum width no greater than 600mm. Back board optional. Please refer to
the RHS Horticultural Show Handbook for guidance. Please note parsley is not permitted as a decoration as it is a class (58).

Failure to abide by any of these rules will lead to disqualification.