Knockpatrick Gardens – all proceeds raised from entry fees to the Garden will be donated to Milford Care Centre.
Tim and Helen O’Brien are inviting people to enjoy the beautiful views at the 100-year-old garden in the name of charity
By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon
Knockpatrick Gardens is based in Foynes, County Limerick. Throughout the month of September, Knockpatrick Gardens will be open every day to raise funds for Milford Care Centre. The entrance fee for the gardens is €7, with all proceeds going towards the Hospice. The garden is open daily this month from 2pm until 6pm.
Knockpatrick Gardens is owned by Tim and Helen O’Brien, who are eager and impassioned about what they do. The Knockpatrick Gardens were founded by Tim’s father in the 1920s, making the gardens around 100 years old.
The garden is home to various plants including magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, and poppies. The approximately 100-year-old garden attracts visitors and botanic enthusiasts from across Limerick and its surrounding areas.
Milford Care Centre offers a wide range of support such as hospice care, nursing home care, and bereavement support. The Centre is a non-profit charity established in 1928 by the Little Company of Mary Sisters. In 2007, Milford Care Centre became the first facility to be officially recognised as a palliative care home and a nursing care home by the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board. The staff are much-loved and appreciated by all who access services at the Centre.
Tim and Helen O’Brien are frequent donators to charity. Throughout the month of April, the couple fundraised for Ukrainian refugees at the Gardens and raised over €1100. Milford Care Centre is an important charity to Tim and Helen, and donated flowers annually for the Milford Harvest Fair, which has been cancelled since Covid-19.
Helen said, “When Milford did the Harvest Fair, we always supplied them with a selection of plants to sell that day but they’ve abandoned the fair this year. Then I decided, for the month of September, if we had any visitors to the garden, we would donate whatever came our way.”
“I’ve been in Milford after having my hip replaced and I was very impressed with the care that I got there and that’s why I chose to support them now the best that I can,” Helen explained.
People are sharing their support online for Knockpatrick Gardens. A Facebook user commented, “We enjoyed our visit to the gardens last Saturday. Beautiful Knockpatrick Gardens.”
Make sure to get out to Tim and Helen’s Garden this month to support a worthwhile cause.
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