Beirut’s premier outdoor spring event, The Garden Show & Spring Festival, opened to the public on Tuesday the 24th of May. Under the patronage of the Beirut Municipality, the five-day show returns for its 13th edition and showcases an even bigger selection of flowers, plants, gardening equipment, terrace furniture and handicrafts. The event boasts more than 220 exhibitors with unique ideas for enhancing outdoor spaces.


The Governor of Beirut, judge Ziad Chebib, delivered the opening speech, addressing the crowd of VIPs, government officials and media representatives. Mr. Nadim Barraj of Bankmed, the official partner of the show, also spoke about their involvement in the show and their support for green initiatives.  


On behalf of the Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr. Akram Chehayeb, Ms. Rana Hassan launched the national campaign for the preservation of Lebanon’s “fell” (Arabian jasmine) plant. As part of their commitment, the Ministry of Agriculture will distribute more than 8,000 of the aromatic plants throughout the duration of the show.


A number of gardening specialists and TV personalities, including Future TV’s Kinda Bitar and MTV’s Marc El Beyrouthy, will hold workshops over the coming days to help people spruce up their balconies, gardens and terraces. In addition, renowned Lebanese fashion designer Rabih Keyrouz presents a garden apron designed exclusively for the show. Proceeds from the sale of the aprons will go towards…


Making a return to the festival is the popular food court, now known as Taste Lebanon, where visitors can choose from a selection of 26 exciting food and beverage concepts. Diners can also enjoy a live entertainment program including jazz, Oriental and Latin music.


For the third consecutive year, the show also hosts Travel Lebanon, a space dedicated to promoting rural tourism and the wonders of Lebanon. “As a company, we are extremely passionate about Lebanon and Travel Lebanon is our way of showing the wealth of what is happening around the country. There is even a beautiful photo exhibition by avid amateur photographers at the Lebanon Traveler stand capturing awe-inspiring scenes around the country,” said Mrs. Joumana Dammous-Salamé, co-organizer of the exhibition and managing director of Hospitality Services. “We have more than 60 exhibitors who are specialists in the various facets of domestic tourism and it is a great opportunity for visitors to plan their summer holidays in Lebanon off the beaten track,” she continued.


Other show highlights include the Kids Village, where youngsters can play on inflatables, participate in live game and get creative with soap and perfume making, the Farmer’s Market, bringing the fresh and homegrown products of local producers to the table and the Taste & Flavors stand, where celebrity chefs will be selling their delicious items to raise money for food charity Restaurants du Coeur.


“We are thrilled to be back at the Beirut Hippodrome for its 100th anniversary and look forward to welcoming more than 24,000 visitors in a massive celebration of alfresco living,” summarized Mrs. Myriam Shuman, co-organizer of the show.