Limerick Garden Festival 2022 – Pictured: Aisling Keyes of MidWest Rape Crisis, Lynda Sheehan of Rockbarton Garden Centre, Mayor Cllr. Daniel Butler, Festival Manager Carmen Cronin and Gardener & Volunteer Gabriela Avram.
After a two-year hiatus, the Limerick Gardening Festival 2022 is delighted to be back this weekend!
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
Limerick Garden Festival is delighted to return to the Limerick Milk Market this Saturday, June 19th for a day of all things gardening.
The festival was launched in 2018 at the Milk Market and aimed to serve the entire gardening community and their family and friends but had after a two-year break due to the pandemic. However, the festival is delighted to be back for its third annual gardening festival this weekend!
The festival comes from Limerick’s long history and a great for gardens and gardening. A stand-out example of Limerick’s relationship with gardening is William Roche’s Hanging Garden built in 1808.
Today, gardening is equally very much loved in Limerick with garden groups thriving all over the city and county and visitor gardens open to the public, which will all be highlighted at the festival.
The festival will feature nearly 50 stalls of impressive plant, garden, and food markets with traders from all over Ireland.
The festival will contain all-day expert talks and many opportunities for gardeners, their families, and friends to enjoy the exciting day.
Organic Mentor Jim McNamara will host the festival and will be joined by Just Roses Garden Centre’s Alan Whetham, Bantry House Head Gardener Adam Carveth, Plantsman and Author Paul Smyth and Garden and Seed Expert Jo newton.
There will be activities for all at the Gardening Festival, with face painter Michelle and workshops for children available alongside music from Violvetine, and a food and craft fair from traders nationwide.
The festival will launch its very first masterclasses this year, one in organic gardening led by Jo Newton at 2 pm and the other in ornamentals led by Adam Garveth at 12:30. Masterclasses are €10 excluding the admission fee and are held at the Milk Market House opposite the entrance to the upstairs area.
The festival will be joined by Lumen Street Theatre giving the festival an additional full event.
“It’s such a pleasure to return to Limerick, we have a fantastic, experienced team at the Milk Market and very enthusiastic traders and experts – it simply all fits.” Festival manager Carmen Cronin commented on the festival.
“We are delighted to have Limerick Garden Festival back this year, bringing colour and joy for everyone and making use of our popular Milk Market as a venue. I have seen the festival grow since 2018 and look forward to what Limerick Garden Festival 2022 will offer this year,” Mayor of the City and the County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler added.
It will be a fantastic day out for everyone of all ages and gardening levels! Admission is €5 excluding the additional €10 for masterclasses. There is a bundle of 2 Masterclasses and Admission available for €20. The gardening festival’s chosen charity is the MidWest Rape Crisis therefore funds raised from the festival will go towards the charity.
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