Inclement weather conditions didn’t curb the enthusiasm of gardening folk at the launch of the Clew Bay Garden Trail at Connacht Gold Garden Centre, Westport, on Saturday 18th May.
A lively crowd gathered to welcome TV and Bloom star, Leonie Cornelius, to Westport and hear her insights into creating a show garden for a big event like Bloom.
The Clew Bay Garden Trail was a huge success last year and for 2013 the brochure features a dozen glorious gardens.
The Clew Bay Garden Trail is a chain of private gardens in Westport and the surrounding area which will open to the public on selected days during the summer of 2013.
The gardens range from well established to newly created and from compact town plots to 2 acre expanses. Some are organic, some designed for wildlife, some mostly vegetable and some a profusion of flowers.
The only charge is a donation to a specified charity at the garden gate. It’s a lovely way to spend a few hours on a summer day.
Most of the 12 garden owners who are part of the Clew Bay Garden Trail 2013 were at the launch, including Cormac Langan (Westport College of Further Education, Newport Road) and Genie Keating (Cuan d’Or, Cloghan) whose gardens are first to open to the public, on the weekend of 14-16 June.
Máireád de Burca (Ard Oileain, Rosmalley) welcomed everyone and announced that over €11,000 was raised for charities in 2012 by Clew Bay Garden Trails. Admission to the gardens is free, but a donation to a specified charity is requested on entry.
The launch and some of the gardens on the Trail were filmed by Irish TV for broadcast on their Sky and Freesat ‘Out and About in Ireland’ programme. Brochures for Clew Bay Garden Trail 2013 are available from Westport Tourist Information Office.
Our featured image above shows Cormac Langan, Wendy Stringer, June Bourke, Mairead de Burca and Simon Quinn proudly showing off the more than €11,500 raised by Clew Bay Garden Trail 2012. Photo: Michelle McCarron