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Pop-Up Garden Community Challenge 2018 

The Pop-Up Garden Community Challenge at Clare Garden Festival 2018 asks a group/organisation to create a garden based on their interpretation of the theme ‘Gardeners Friends' Garden’ to be displayed at Clare Garden Festival on 29th April 2018.

Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer with Clare Co Co Environment section explains: “The Pop-Up Garden community challenge at Clare Garden Festival provides a great opportunity for groups of all ages to engage in a communal project showcasing their gardening skills and hopefully coming out on top to receive a prize for their group. Clare County Council Environment section are delighted to support this competition again in 2018.” She continued by saying: “The theme for 2018 called ‘Gardeners Friends’ Garden’ is all about creating a garden that accommodates those little friends in the garden that help us by eating garden pests, cleaning up and even fertilising for us. It is aligned to our online guides which aim to help householders & gardeners to protect the environment.”


FIRST PRIZE: €400 Proudly supported by Clare County Council, Environment Section and Department of Communications,
Climate Action and Environment/LA21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

SECOND PRIZE: €150 Proudly supported by Colourful Creations Garden Centre, Tulla, Co Clare. 

PopUp Garden Winners 2017

2018 Application Form

2018 Competition Flyer

 Please read on for Q&A.


In 2017, we had a fantastic family from Clondanagh who won the competition - see a view of the garden on left for inspiration.


Here also a great example of what we are looking for groups to do for this competition, work and experience for PostCard Gardens for Bloom 2013, click here for Roisin Markham's blog. Obviously they had a different theme, but you get a real good idea of how it can be done!


  Garden Challenge - 2018 Q&A 

What does it mean in a nutshell or How does it work?

Think about what you can do in 3x3m that expresses the topic outlined. Fill in the form and send off in February, sketch and think about in detail how your idea can become a reality, what you need to make it happen and how you can get it (can you borrow, recyle, etc.?). Have a look at the judging criteria and consider if you can tick all the boxes of what we will be judging your creation on. Get down to business and build it! (Best of luck and Enjoy!)

Who can enter?

All kinds of groupings can enter including but not be limited to Charities, Community Gardens, Tidy Towns Groups, Householders, Business, Youth groups, School groups/classes, Horticultural Student Groups, Age action groups, Families etc...

Why should we enter?

Prize: First prize will be a cash-sum of €400. The organisers will aim to get additional prizes in place.

Promotion: The competition, its participants and the outcomes will be promoted as part of the Festival’s promotional drive, where possible on print materials, website, press, Facebook page and in the media. Of course, the highlight of this is the day itself, where visitors (over 2000 visitors per annum) will see your garden promoting your organisation, charity or group!

Fundraising: It is envisioned, that organisations and groups can ask their supporters to “Sponsor our Garden at Clare Garden Festival” and raise funds ahead of the festival in this way. All funds raised in this manner will belong to the organisation in full and it is at the discretion of the group how much of this they want to use to build their garden – the organisers do however expect a quality garden.

How can we enter?

Simply fill in our application form with your details, the information what you want to build in a garden aligned to our theme this year. Submit both to address on form with payment by application deadline.

Are there any dates or deadlines we need keep an eye on?

All applications please by latest 28th February. You will then be contacted with further details. Please make sure to send in a sketch of your garden by mid-March. Setup by 28th April please.

When can we setup?

Gardens must be completed by 5pm on 28th April 2017 and setup should start not earlier than 25th April, please contact the organisers on 087 611 75 38 (Carmen Cronin) to arrange access to premises. Competitors will be fully responsible for transporting their exhibit material to and from the event site.

Is there a fee?

Yes, there is small fee of €35 (includes 6 entry tickets to event) payable with your application. Many thanks for your support and committment.

What size should our display be and are there any other rules?

The gardens created shall not exceed 3 x 3 m, details on space will be made available in March. Open to all groups, societies, charities, clubs and gardening enthusiasts. Each exhibit which must bear a title, be practical, of strong design. PopUp means to be erected in a short timeframe (1-4 days) and the garden does not have to be planted, digging is not allowed. A sketch and/or more detailed description of the garden will be required in March 2016. No retail activity shall happen in or near the gardens area. The group may display limited informational material (no more than 2 flyers) and a sign will be displayed at the garden using information from this form.

What will the garden be judged on and who will judge?

A team of judges will be announced at least 2 weeks prior to the festival and may consist of gardening experts speaking at the event as well as local and national gardening, environmental and other suitable persons. The gardens will be judged on Meeting the Brief/Theme, Originality, Visual Appeal, Use of recyclables/Sustainability approach, Quality, Use of Locally Sourced materials.

Is there anything else we need to know?

Please make sure to read our Terms & Conditions in the application form and do feel free to contact Carmen with any questions or feedback. You can call me on 087 611 75 38 or use our contact form to email me.