Flowering Innishannon getting ready to bloom
More than 1,000 gardening and art enthusiasts from around Ireland are expected to descend on of Innishannon next month for the annual Gardens & Galleries weekend which brings a significant economic boost, locally.
The third annual event will showcase no fewer than 10 spectacular gardens ranging from cottage to urban and woodland gardens, while the work of many local artists will also be on show at venues around the village.
The weekend event, on July 7-8, is an immensely popular date on the summer calendar for many amateur gardeners.
It has yearly fundraised in the region of €10,000 for two local community groups.
Local resident and author Alice Taylor described it as “a significant economic spin off for local businesses”.
Ms Taylor, also a member of the Tidy Towns’ group which, together with the Friends of Innishannon group, annually organises the July event to raise funds for local initiatives.
“We have four very different village gardens, for example, there’s a townhouse garden, as well as a communal garden, and the Garda Barracks Garden which is a littlewalled garden being cared for by a garda and his young family. My own garden will also be open,” she says noting the collection also includes the traditional Rose Garden at Innishannon Hotel, now nearly 50-years-old.
There’s also a lodge garden at Ship-pool Lodge, a highly creative garden in a housing estate and a farm garden which Ms Taylor describes as an “imaginative and spacious garden with many hidden corners”.
“We have huge diversity this year. Gardeners will get fresh ideas,” she said adding that those who come, and those whose gardens are on view, are simply people who happen to love gardens and who love to share their ideas.
Meanwhile, several hundred pieces of art — ranging from landscapes to textured fabric art pieces — from five solo exhibitors and two art groups, will be on display everywhere from the Parish Hall and the Found Out Café on the main street to the local churches. The West Cork gateway village will also have a mini vintage show at Bernard’s Car Sales and a gramophone recital at Rohu’s Country Market.
“For €10 a day people can get a pass to all the gardens and galleries — the pass also includes access to a minibus to take people around to different venues,” said Ms Taylor.
For more information, find Innishannon Gardens & Galleries on Facebook
Innishannon Gardens & Galleries festival takes place from July 7-8.