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Future Forests - Plant Fairs and Shows
Updated 18th September 2017

Can't make it to West Cork ?
.........Future Forests might be coming to a Garden Event in your part of the country !

The Show Season is now over for 2017.
A big 'thank you' to those who hosted events
around the country ~ and to all of you who turned up to support them. It was great to see so many old friends and make lots of new ones
We'll be back on the road again in April 2018

As well as our regular Friday stand at Bantry Market, you can find a miniature 'pop-up' Future Forests at many of the Plant Fairs and Garden Festivals around the country during the summer months.

We love them !
Such a great
opportunity to talk plants and gardens with other enthusiasts and most of all, to meet those of you who have had plants from us by mail order.

Many of these events are held in beautiful settings and are also fund raisers for deserving charities

As well as specialist nurseries and other garden related stands, you can find food stalls, talks, kids activities, music and other entertainments making them a great day out for all the family

We can't bring all our stock with us !
so if you are looking for particular plants, avoid disappointment and delivery costs by pre-ordering at least 3 days before each show.

We highly recommend visiting the following events in 2017
Future Forests will have a stand at all those listed below except Bloom
If your community is holding an event and would like to feature a
'Pop Up' Future Forests please tell us
WHERE WHEN WHAT'S SPECIAL & our comments on last year
Claregalway Castle: Spring Garden Event
Claregalway, Co. Galway
Admission FREE
Sunday 2nd April
11am - 6pm
Specialist nurseries offer a wide selection of plants. Coffee shop and a 'foodie forum' with workshops for all the family
2017: The sun shone, brilliant burgers &  pizzas and lots of plants found new homes
2016: What a great day for a first event and a wonderful venue.
Fota House: Plant and Garden Fair
Fota, Co. Cork.
Donation 8 euro, free parking
(Most of the profits are donated to Marymount Hospice )
Sunday 23rd April
11am - 4pm
Lots of excellent plant stands bursting with new stock and a chance to explore the famous arboretum.
2017: A perfect day for visitors & stallholders, everyone went home happy
2016: Dry & cold this year but gardeners were on the look out for new & unusual plants.
2015: Warm and sunny, Fota buzzed with gardeners like bees round a honey pot.
2014: Lots of enthusiastic gardeners ~ 'Horticultural Heaven' !
Clare Garden Festival
Ennis Showgrounds
Ennis, Co Clare

Admission 8 euro, free parking

plus this year the new FRINGE event which kicks off on Fri 28th with a showing of 'Dare to be Wild' and talks by Mary Reynolds & Ciaran Burke
Sunday 30th April
11am - 5pm
This community orientated show gets better every year: show gardens, kids' entertainments, artisan food and masses of Plants ~ check out the FRINGE event

2017: Such a good event, fun & educational...and the sun came out !
2016: Crowds of all ages enjoying a great day . Clare has a festival to be proud of.
2015: Wonderful day with something for everyone. Eric McNamara's show garden was superb
2014: Great atmosphere & so much on offer.
Rare & Special Plant Fair
Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford
Admission etc tbc
Sunday 14th May
10am - 5pm
THE show for finding something different and this year's fair is a great opportunity to explore these famous gardens.
2017: A great success & the rain held off. The Mount Congreve gardens are amazing
2016: A wonderful day & so well organised by the Russborough team.
2015: Airfield was a great venue. An enjoyable day for novices, expert gardeners and the stallholders.
2014: The sheltered courtyards of Kilruddery were stuffed with unusual plants....and lots of them found new homes !
Mallow Home & Garden Festival
Cork Racecourse, Mallow, Co. Cork
Fri 26th May to
Sun 28th May

11am to 6pm
No wonder this major Cork show attracts visitors from all over the country ~ there is something for everyone
2017: Another big success, this show ticks all the boxes.
2016: What a great weekend. The sun shone and there were crowds of happy visitors
015: The Gardens looked great ! Plants, talks, dog shows, kids stuff and food stalls to suit every taste
2014: 3 days of sunshine made for a wonderful festival and it was great to see so many old friends.
Bloom 2016
The Phoenix Park, Dublin

Thurs. 3rd June to Mon. 7th June
10am - 6pm
Ireland's biggest garden show
2014: So many plants, so many people. It was great !
As the Mallow Festival is the weekend before, Future Forests will NOT have a stand at  Bloom this year. We have to put our own county first plus our connection with Mallow goes back to the 1st festival in 1999 !
However we hope to visit Bloom & encourage you to do the same.
'Buds & Blossoms'
Garden Festival
Spink Community Grounds, Abbeyleix
, Co. Laois.
Sun 11th June
12 noon-6pm
We enjoyed this new Midlands show so much last year. Good speakers, lots of plant stalls and fun for all the family
2017: More stalls and lots for kids, shame about the wind & rain. 
2016: Friendly, relaxed and so well organised.
We hope this becomes an annual event
West Cork Garden Trail
Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty

Admission FREE
Sun 25th June
New Event:
2017: A lovely afternoon to explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy the added attractions.
Talks, music, refreshments & plant stalls.
Galway Garden Festival
Claregalway Castle, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Admission 10.00, kids free
Shuttle bus from Galway City centre, check their website for times
Profits to Galway Simon Community and CBM
Saturday 1st. and
Sunday 2nd. July

11am to 6pm
Wonderful, relaxed atmosphere, great artisan food, excellent speakers, a bookshop. kids stuff, art & music as well as plants....and gate profits go to charity
2017: The rain held off, lots of entertainments for young & old ... plus a great selection of plants
2016: Always a great weekend with quality plants and lots of entertainment
The sun shone & the Castle grounds looked better than ever.
2014: As good as ever...some think better than Bloom
Blarney in Bloom
Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

Admission 8.00, kids free
Profits to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Sunday 9th July
10am - 5pm
Another charity fund raiser and what a setting plus a chance to enjoy the wonderful Blarney gardens & arboretum !
2017: For once the weather was perfect, good crowds and a great day.
2016: The Blarney Show Garden was a great addition. Fun for all the family & a great range of special plants for the keen gardeners
2015: More stands and activities than ever, just a shame that it was so wet & windy
2014: Wonderful ! Great atmosphere, entertainments, food & plenty of plant stalls
RHSI Garden Show
Russborough House, Blessington,
Co. Wicklow

Admission 8.00 discounts for families & RHSI members
Saturday 29th July
10.30 - 5.30
 New Show: Russborough has hosted the R & S Plant Fair twice and now hopes to have an annual Garden Show
2017: A lovely day. Plenty of stalls and excellent talks. The Walled Garden looked great. The RHSI & its volunteers have a lot to be proud of.
Farmleigh Late Summer Plant Fair
The Phoenix Park, Dublin
Sunday 6th August Unusual plants in a beautiful setting... plus farmers' market and admittance is free !
2017: A shame about the rain but Farmleigh is worth visiting whatever the weather
2016: Lovely to see so many people, young and old, enjoying the fine day, talks & plant displays
2015: Lots of enthusiastic gardeners and the rain held off to the very end of the show.
Claregalway Castle: Autumn Garden Event
Claregalway, Co. Galway
Sunday 10th September Following on the success of their Spring Fair, you can find choice plants from Ireland's specialist nurseries
2017: Terrible weather forecast put people off but Claregalway escaped with a few showers & those who came found inspiration & lots of great plants
2016: Wild & windy but great fun !
We'll be back again next year.
Fota House: ISNA Plant Fair
Fota, Co. Cork.
Sunday 17th Sept

11am to 4pm
Autumn is such a good time to plant and this show, organised by the Irish Specialist Nursery Association will have plenty on offer to enhance your garden through till next summer and beyond
2017: Sunshine & lots of happy gardeners !
2016: A bad weather forecast didn't deter the avid gardeners ! fun despite the showers.
2014: A beautiful day, perfect end of summer show
Our Show Schedule for 2018 will be online by early January
if you are holding an event and would like
Future Forests to come along, please let us know
Our monthly newsletter also features details of up-coming shows. If you'd like to join, just email us at

Future Forests
Kealkil, Bantry, Co.Cork
00 353 (0)27 66176