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THE sec­ond RHSI Russborough Gar­den Show got off to a great start re­cently as the early bird gar­den­ers checked out the mar­ket stalls for the best of top qual­ity trees and flow­ers pro­duced by grow­ers from all around the coun­try, in­clud­ing North­ern Ire­land.

New to the mar­ket­place this year were the Flower Farm­ers of Ire­land (FFOI), a newly founded net­work of sus­tain­able cut-flower farm­ers and ar­rangers who mar­ket their pro­duce to wed­ding and event man­age­ment busi­nesses around Ire­land.

Wick­low Flower Farm­ers Fion­nu­ala Fal­lon and Britta Bara­nowsky at­tracted an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd for the first of the se­ries of talks and demon­stra­tions in the hip­po­drome, lo­cated close to the busy mar­ket­place and Quinns re­tail court­yard.

Other speak­ers in the hip­po­drome in­cluded Nicky Kyle talk­ing about poly­tun­nel gar­den­ing and Yvonne O’Con­nor talk­ing about The Vic­to­rian Walled Gar­den.

Karen Robin­son and Maria Watchorn gave a flo­ral art de­mon­stra­tion and kindly raf­fled the ar­range­ments they had pre­pared.

Main spon­sors of the show, Quinns of Balt­in­glass were on site pro­mot­ing the wide range of Husq­varna lawn mow­ers and ac­ces­sories which are on sale at their To­pline store.

The vol­un­teer gar­den­ers in the RHSI Walled Gar­den at Russborough wel­comed hun­dreds of vis­i­tors keen to get ad­vice on grow­ing fruit, veg­eta­bles and flow­ers in very chal­leng­ing times.

Also, the new rose dis­play, spon­sored by Bord Bia and Wick­low County Coun­cil, was a mag­nif­i­cent back­drop to all the ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on.

In the af­ter­noon, the Bal­ly­more Eus­tace Brass Band gave a lively con­cert which drew a sup­port­ive and en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence and the Bee Keep­ers of North Kil­dare were pop­u­lar ex­hibitors in the walled gar­den, where there was some de­li­cious honey to sam­ple and buy.

The Bal­ly­more Eus­tace Con­cert Band per­form­ing at the RHSI Gar­den Show at Russborough House. Dun­can McInnes from Gar­den4Me. Britta Bara­nowsky, Fion­nu­ala Fal­lon and Su­san Lynch. Dy­lan Hosey, Alison Smyth and Marie Raf­ferty at the Quinns of Balt­in­glass...

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