ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDEN SHOW TAKES PLACE AT RUSSBOROUGH
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...