Glin Castle will be open to patrons of the fair next month
HUNDREDS of gardening enthusiasts will be making their way to Glin Castle next month for the Rare and Special Plant Fair. It will be the first time the plant fair has come to Limerick since it was first established in 2001 and is of course also a first for Glin Castle.
The idea behind the fair is to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit.
Up to 40 exhibitors are expected in Glin on Sunday, May 12, with specialist nurseries and associated businesses offering rare and unusual plants as well as advice on care and planting.
“I am completely thrilled,” Catherine Fitzgerald said this week as they prepare for May 12. “I studied horticulture and work as a landscape designer, plants are a passion, so for me this event will be so exciting! To have all these fantastic plant stalls on my doorstep will be a big treat. I will just have to stop myself going on a mad spree. Too tempting!
“I hope it will give people the opportunity to see some of the wonderful specialist nurseries we have in Ireland and what interesting and unusual plants are available,” Ms Fitzgerald added.
“Perhaps it will encourage people to go for something a bit different plant-wise or experiment with a new planting scheme in their gardens!
“The expert growers will also have all the knowledge to advise buyers on how to grow the plants correctly and even on a planting scheme. Bord Bia are very careful to only invite genuine high quality nurseries who sell healthy well labelled and presented plants. It’s all to a very high standard. There will be a really varied choice of plants available to suit all tastes.”
The process of siting the fair in Glin began two years with a phone call from Bord Bia, followed by several visits.
A special feature in Glin will be the opportunity to take part in a tour of the Castle. “I am also very happy that people will be able to enjoy the gardens which we work so hard to maintain and develop and will be looking good in May,” Ms Fitzgerald added.
“I am looking forward to the excellent artisan food stalls,” she continued. “Also it will be really easy to shop and leave the plants in our ‘plant creche’ on site. We’ll have help at hand to barrow the plants to the cars. We want the shopping experience to be as easy and enjoyable as it can be!”
“Fingers crossed for a dry day,” she concluded.
John Anthony Culhane, chairman of Glin Development Association said they were really pleased to be welcoming the Rare and Unusual Plant Fair to Glin on its first outing to Limerick and would be helping out on the day.
“We are delighted that the Castle is open for business and hopefully this will be the start of great things to come.”
He was confident the fair would be a boost to the local economy but added: “Our hope is that people will come to our town and see and enjoy all the amenities we have to offer here on the banks of the majestic Shannon and as part of the Wild Atlantic Way.”