Ballymaloe Garden Festival
22-23 August 2015
No shortage of food at the packed Ballymaloe Garden festival. You can spend as long as you like here and, in between, fuel up with tasty stuff from the likes of Green Saffron, Lolo, Loving Salads, Rostellan Chocolate and Golden Bean Coffee. Oh, yes and you can take away some fantastic vegetables from the GIY stall.
And if you’re thinking about the future, well then why not get some of the multi-seed packs from Brown Envelope Seeds. That stall is in the grainstore and the big eye-catcher here is the colourful creations by IncrEdible Flowers of Ballincollig.
Lots of craft stalls here too but it was two soap stalls that caught my eye. Stocked up with lovely handcrafted soaps by Bend in the Barrow. Then I got even more from Burren based Airmid (the Celtic goddess of healing herbs). They cure their soaps for 4-6 weeks to ensure a long lasting quality bar. Also got myself a shaving soap and brush from Airmid - back to the old ways!
Browse through the many plant and flower stalls, most with unusual items. Take a walk through the Ballymaloe walled garden. And no shortage of advice either at the stands. For professional insights why not drop in and listen to one of the many talks. Met Fiann O’Nuallain there today. He’s an enthusiastic advocate of gardening for health and will tell you in great detail how to grow and use your plants, including herbs. Full list of speakers here.
The fiver admission covers entry to all talks. Lots of parking there too. Don’t forget to bring your shopping bags. You will be filling them!
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