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Open Garden 2012

28 May 2012 22:47:18

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of June I will be opening my garden from 10am until 4pm. The garden is a suburban garden filled with perennials and shrubs. The address is 40 Templeroan Avenue, Knocklyon.

Entry costs €5 and includes tea, coffee and cakes. There will also be a raffle for a beautiful painting by Irish artist Kevin Flood.

The garden will open rain or shine and all proceeds go to the Sam McMahon Trust. Sam is eleven years of age and suffers from Friedreich's Ataxia, a rare, progressive, degenerative neuro-muscular disease for which there is no cure or treatment.

We would really love to see you there. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 May 2012 22:50:02

Gosh, I'd love to go, but unfortunately I'll be working that weekend. Hope the day goes well for the Sam McMahon Trust.

MartinB MartinB 28 May 2012 22:58:40

Where is Knocklyon?

carolina carolina 28 May 2012 23:02:52

Knocklyon is five minutes from Exit 12 on the M50 in Dublin. 

Moya Moya 28 May 2012 23:08:52

Have a great couple of open days Carolina.

Scrubber Scrubber 28 May 2012 23:26:33

Carolina Im afraid i cant make it but if you dont mind I will send on the Entry fee anyway for little Sam. I hope the address above is ok? It seems a great idea to open like that well done you!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 28 May 2012 23:42:26

Will do my best to get there. A lovely idea!

Clara Clara 29 May 2012 00:00:28

I hope to get there and good luck with your open day.

Spideog Spideog 29 May 2012 00:39:10

So sorry I can't make it; pity is isn't this weekend because I'll be up in Dublin for Bloom, otherwise I'm in Cork so it's a bit far to go. I hope it's a success anyway; great cause!

Clara Clara 10 June 2012 16:38:28

What a lovely garden you have Carolina , it was good meeting you, well done  and thank you I got a lovely plant and Tea and the cake was to die for .

I will be putting up photos later. 

carolina carolina 10 June 2012 21:22:16

Thanks Clara, we were thrilled to see you there and very happy that you enjoyed your visit to the garden.


Open Garden

04 June 2010 17:34:25

On Saturday 12th June I'm going to open my garden from 10am until 4pm. Although this will be the second occasion I'm still nervous. The address is 40 Templeroan Avenue in Knocklyon. We are just 5 minutes from Exit 12 off the M50.

There will be tea, coffee and home made goodies as well as cakes from the Butlers Pantry and Avoca!!

Entrance to the garden is €5 and there will be a raffle on the day with fabulous prizes including a weekend for two in London. 

All proceeds will go to the Sam McMahon Trust and the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Sam, who is 9 years old, suffers from this rare, degenerative condition. For more information about Sam you can visit his site at www.sammcmahontrust.ie




fran m fran m 04 June 2010 17:54:02

Sorry, working that wekend, hope all goes well, good luck.

fraoch fraoch 04 June 2010 19:46:16

Good luck with that. Too far away for me I'm afraid.

Clara Clara 04 June 2010 22:25:55

Good luck will be working on that day.

rosburke rosburke 05 June 2010 15:45:24

Best of luck on the day, Will be showjumping with the kids, so will be unable to make it.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 06 June 2010 00:10:21

Your garden looks fabulous hope the day goes well, sounds as though it will be a great day.


21 March 2010 10:22:26
After the bad Winter and cold Spring my Hellebores are a little late flowering this year, but this morning they all seemed to look their best. I can't get enough ot them!
Clara Clara 21 March 2010 11:05:28

What a beauty enjoy! Just looked at your photos they are beautiful

Rachel Rachel 21 March 2010 11:34:36

Just beautiful. I might convert...

fran m fran m 21 March 2010 12:18:47

Can not make up my mind on these..........

Cloncaw Cloncaw 21 March 2010 14:12:35

Just drop dead gorgeous , I only have one type but after seeing the different ones on this site more are a must have.

Diana Diana 21 March 2010 15:51:10

They are beautiful.  As a newcomer to Helibores can I please ask are they difficult to grow and what kind of soil do they need.

yorkshirelass yorkshirelass 21 March 2010 19:52:42

lovely hellebores carolina, mine are late flowering this year too, they cheer you up after a bad winter and flower for many weeks.

AitAlainn AitAlainn 21 March 2010 20:22:16

My uncle passed away two weeks ago and a friend of mine gave me a Hellebore (similar to the one in the photo) to plant in his memory. This is my first hellebore so I will be calling it James's hellebore and will treasure it!

carolina carolina 21 March 2010 20:22:44

Hellebores are very easy to grow. I'd say they prefer a little shade, that said they do well everywhere for me. Once they get established, they bulk out and there will be little seedlings everywhere. I cut mine back completely in November.

LindaB LindaB 22 March 2010 14:47:44


marieanne marieanne 22 March 2010 17:42:17

just got two this winter put one in my mum's garden have my own (white) in pot  has 6-7 flowers on it...not sure where to put it ...back is s/w facing so very warm front n/e ....when you cut them back would you go as hard as fuschia? yours are are really lovely especially the purple one..

carolina carolina 22 March 2010 17:47:08

I think a spot that is a little shaded would be best. I cut mine completley to the ground in November!

marieanne marieanne 24 March 2010 19:21:28

sounds like it would do better in my front garden.....many thanks.....

Ternie Ternie 16 May 2010 07:52:22

lovely shot, and what rich colour! great flower

A November Snowdrop

10 November 2009 20:29:39
Yesterday November 10th I spotted a tiny snowdrop flowering beneath a shrub. When all the leaves are falling and the perennial plants are dying back, what a lovely surprise to find the first Snowdrop.
Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 November 2009 20:37:41

Simple, but beautiful, nonetheless! And even though you have been a member of garden.ie since January 09, welcome to the site. Or should I say 'welcome back'.

Clara Clara 10 November 2009 20:47:48

Just looking at your photos they are so nice and yes it would b a lovely place for wedding photos . What is the building with the ivy growing on it oh ! welcome to garden .ie,  love the snowdrop a sign of spring I dont think.

carolina carolina 10 November 2009 20:53:55

The building that's covered is an old water tower. The garden backs on to what used to be a convent for Mercy nuns. The school remains but the nuns have left. The ivy is home to many birds nests.

Clara Clara 10 November 2009 21:02:21

Lovely to look at  esp when all the birds are nesting

fran m fran m 10 November 2009 21:13:29

Great photos, your garden is a credit to you, well done.

Rachel Rachel 10 November 2009 21:34:37

Yes, super photos, Carolina.

Sharon1 Sharon1 10 November 2009 21:35:40

How lovely - what a sight for sore eyes during these wet days - must go and look tomorrow and see if any of mine are popping up!

ClaireE ClaireE 10 November 2009 22:01:50

Very strange to see a snowdrop flowering now, but I also noticed this morning that I have an auricula flowering at the moment! I looked at your photos and your garden looks amazing. I love the mostly green bed (I think it is photo 2).

LindaB LindaB 11 November 2009 11:44:43

Hi Carolina, don't remember seeing your garden photos before, you have a beautiful garden, you have lots of plants and shrubs I absolutely love, particularly the Wedding Cake Tree and the Viburnum Plicatum Mariesii (also sometimes know as wedding cake tree/shrub, hope we will see more of your garden.

Mairin Mairin 23 January 2010 23:32:48

Poor snowdrop - bet he is sorry he put his head up before the cold snap!

Open Garden 09

14 May 2009 20:13:36

On May 2nd I opened my garden for the first time. When we opened the side gate at 10am we did not think that we were going to have such a busy day. There was not a moment for any of us to draw a breath.

I opened the garden in aid of the Sam McMahon Trust and FARA (Friedreich's Ataxia Researc Alliance). Sam is my son and he was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia in November '08. This condition is progressive and untreatable. Opening the garden did not just raise money for Sam's future but it also helped to raise awareness about the condition.

We had advertised that the garden would close at 4pm but we were still busy at 5.30. So many of the people who came to see the garden said that they were heading home to get started on their own. A number of people who came in the morning returned in the afternoon. We were even asked if we had considered hosting weddings!

The open garden was a most enjoyable experience. We had a great day and hope to have a similar event next year.



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