Flow­er­ing In­nis­han­non get­ting ready to bloom

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Ailín Quin­lan

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.

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