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Rachel's Journal

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Springmount Garden Festival

27 June 2009 22:45:22


I had such a wonderful day at the Springmount Garden Festival today. I highly recommend anyone in the Wexford area to go tomorrow.

I got down there early as the first talk I wanted to attend was at 10am. The whole garden centre was transformed with two large marquees, masses of large shrubs for decoration and loads of stalls. The polytunnels had been set up as talk areas with chairs and podium. In fact, it was very well organised and, despite the large numbers of people, there were lots of staff on the ground  to ask you if you needed help or to politely suggest that you sit in the nice shaded seating area to eat your food.

I attended six talks in total by a variety of speakers. Dermot O'Neil did various talks but I particularly enjoyed Carmel Duignan, from the Shankill garden, and of course our own France McDonald of the Bay Garden and Paul Doyle.

Best of all was the free Design Desks, where you could bring your design, planting or landscaping issues for consideration by an expert. I went along to ask advice about re-planting my ex Rose Garden and think I now have the solution. What a wonderful service to get for free!

I was happy to bump into Joybells finally, over at the talk on Coastal Planting, and we exchanged a quick few words before rushing off to the next talks. Only when I came back did I see that Cooper was also there but didn't see her at all.

Of course there was booty. My list consists of Nepeta 'six hills giant', Anthemis cupaniana, Ligularia przewalskii, Nemesia 'confetti' (fabulous scent), 2 Convolvulis sabatius and a Polygala myrtifolia (Carmel Duignan's recommendation - I'll overwinter it in the greenhouse).

So, I'll go to bed tired but happy tonight, fortified for my kids' birthday party int he garden tomorrow, although it looks like rain : (

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Johnplotman Johnplotman 27 June 2009 23:51:14

Quite an enjoyable day overall.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 27 June 2009 23:51:56

Rachel looks like you had a fab time feel a bit left out now!! But seriously though about going but in the end decided against it as I've attended enough so far this year and it'd be impossible not to buy anything or spend money I dont have.

Joybells Joybells 28 June 2009 01:34:21

Oh no Rachel please dont mention 'rain' I have some visitors tomorrow and am so hoping for a good day to chill out in the garden...enjoy the day anyhow!

Ternie Ternie 28 June 2009 08:55:46

Wonderful day you had, I like that so much, you're lucky. Who's birthday do you celebrate?

kilmoon kilmoon 28 June 2009 09:28:56

Really interesting report on the visit and in time for anyone in the area to benefit and go today. I wish the site had some way of flagging reports like this. it is chance if I have time to read some else's journal. I love that Ligularia, I have it by my stream and it loves it to bits.

Rachel Rachel 28 June 2009 10:33:41

It's Josh's 9th birthday party today, Olga. I'd better get on with filling the party bags. It is a gorgeous ligularia, Nuala. I've had my eye on it for a while. Nearly bought it last time I was at this garden centre but was good and took it back out of the trolley and put it back on the shelf. Wasn't feeling so good today.

Clara Clara 28 June 2009 10:46:02

Have a great time partying and happy birthday to Josh, I love the way you have time to write lovely comments to all us in the Garden Club I really enjoy reading them

trug trug 28 June 2009 11:31:17

Rachel, enjoy the birthday party. We have sun here, breaking through the murk, so I am going to don gardening togs and get out. Hope the rays reach you in time for the birthday party. Just been catching up on your journal after a time away. Thanks so much for all the info on the stone circle. It looks great. We have collected half the stones for ours so far. All your tech details and photos will be a great help! Thanks.

Jools O Jools O 28 June 2009 13:20:39

Once again, out here in the wild West feeling extremely left out. Why must everything be at least a 3-hour drive away for me? I shall have to live vicariously through you east coasters' posts. Thanks for the detail, Rachel -- just to make me go pure green with envy :)

BRENMAR BRENMAR 28 June 2009 16:20:15

God be with the days when my kids and what seemed like hundreds of friends had their birthday parties in the garden, I loved them, they were great fun, they are the best days of your life, treasure every moment.

Drumanagh Drumanagh 28 June 2009 16:40:20

I wish I lived in Wexford too! Sounds like a great day, and a great Haul! I love the nepata flowers. What is that with the tall fan-shaped leaf? Hope the party went well!

Rachel Rachel 28 June 2009 17:59:59

The fan shaped one is the Ligularia, Alison. I love the dissected leaf and the dark red tinge. Had my eye on that one for a while.

shelser shelser 28 June 2009 21:40:20

The West can certainly feel left out when it comes to gardens to visit and shows. Humph! Sounds like it was a good show Rachel.


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