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
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
at many of the Plant Fairs and Garden Festivals around the country during the summer
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.
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
bring all our stock with us !
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
will have a stand at all those listed below except Bloom
your community is holding an event and would like to feature a
please tell us
& our comments on last year
Castle: Spring Garden Event
Claregalway, Co. Galway
Sunday 2nd April
11am - 6pm
Specialist nurseries offer a wide selection of
plants. Coffee shop and a 'foodie forum' with workshops for all the
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. www.fotahouse.com
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, 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'
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
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
2015: Airfield was a great venue. An enjoyable day for novices, expert gardeners and the
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
Sun 28th May
11am to 6pm
No wonder this major Cork show
attracts visitors from all over the country ~ there is something for
2017: Another big success, this show ticks all
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
The Phoenix Park, Dublin
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.
Laois Garden Festival
Spink Community Grounds, Abbeyleix, Co.
Sun 11th June
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.
relaxed and so well organised.
We hope this becomes an annual event
Fernhill House Hotel,
Sun 25th June
2017: A lovely afternoon
to explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy the
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
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
Blarney in Bloom
Blarney Castle, Co. Cork
Admission 8.00, kids free
Profits to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
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
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
Russborough House, Blessington,
Admission 8.00 discounts for families & RHSI
Saturday 29th July
10.30 - 5.30
Russborough has hosted
the R & S Plant Fair twice and now hopes to have an annual Garden
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.
Summer Plant Fair
The Phoenix Park, Dublin
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
Lovely to see so
many people, young and old, enjoying the fine day, talks & plant
2015: Lots of enthusiastic gardeners and the rain held off to the
very end of the show.
Castle: Autumn Garden Event
Claregalway, Co. Galway
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.
ISNA Plant Fair
Fota, Co. Cork.
11am to 4pm
Autumn is such a good time to plant and this show,
organised by the
will have plenty on offer to enhance your garden through till next
summer and beyond
2017: Sunshine & lots of happy gardeners !
A bad weather forecast didn't deter the avid
gardeners ! fun despite the showers.
2014: A beautiful day, perfect end of
Schedule for 2018 will be online by early January
if you are holding an event and would like
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
Kealkil, Bantry, Co.Cork
00 353 (0)27 66176