Swinford & District Gardening Club Upcoming Trips
Swinford & District Gardening Club have some exciting new trips in the pipeline at the moment.
Visits are being planned to:
Horkan’s Garden Centre on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm
Padraig and Peter Horkan will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions. Swinford Gardening Club members are travelling to Horkan’s Garden Centre by car. Anyone requiring a lift should be at the Gateway Hotel by 7pm at the latest.
Open Day at Lorna McMahon’s renowned garden on Sunday 10th May
Ardcarraig is a five-acre garden created on a stony hillside four miles from the centre of Galway at Oranswell, Bushypark. It is informal in design and utilises the natural assets of a stream, hazel woodland, bog, and large granite boulders. Here native plants such as bluebells, wood anemones, and hawthorn all thrive alongside exotic plants. Rhododendrons, azaleas, candelabra primulas, and blue poppies from the Himalayas all enjoy the conditions of the west, as do the bamboos, maples, and hostas from Japan.
The garden divides naturally into 17 areas. There are water gardens, Japanese style sections, herb garden, a sunken Mediterranean garden, bog and woodland areas. There are also large collections of primulas, hostas and dwarf conifers.
There will be more than 2,500 plants for sale at the open day, many of which are rare or unusual.
Sarah Power’s nursery in Tourmakeady on Friday 22nd May
This trip is always a highlight of the gardening year.
Strokestown Park House, Gardens and Famine Museum
(Date to be confirmed)
Strokestown Park House is an 18th Century mansion which has been faithfully restored. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings and professionally guided tours allow visitors to experience Georgian Ireland in its purist form. The beautifully restored six acre Georgian walled garden complex gives a unique insight into horticultural practices and garden architecture from the 1740s to the present day.
The Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine.
3 Day Trip to Wicklow in August
To book any of the trips please contact Angela on 087 6520311.
Non members are very welcome to come along on all of these trips.