Award-winning garden designer and TV presenter, Leonie Cornelius, will launch the Clew Bay Garden Trail 2013 in Connacht Gold Garden Centre, Westport, on Saturday, 18th May, at 12 noon.
Leonie, from Fivemilebourne, Co. Leitrim, is well known to TV viewers as the garden design expert on the RTE television show ‘Today’ with Dáithí Ó Sé and was winner of the RTE Supergarden competition in 2012.
Her show garden at Bloom this year is very appropriately entitled ”A Love Letter to the West’ and is based on the beauty and spirit of the West.
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.
For this year most of the garden open days are at weekends to facilitate easy visiting.
The first open day is on Friday 14th June and is an organic garden run by Cormac Langan in the grounds of Westport College of Further Education. It is used as a training facility for Fetac courses and has just been granted full organic status by IOFGA. One other garden on the trail also holds the same status, it is Western Herbs and Veg run by Chris Smith in Clogher.
All of the garden owners will be at the launch and the garden centre staff will be on hand to offer advice and information. Refreshments will be served, and copies of the brochure will be available to everyone.
Put the date in your diary today – Saturday 18th May at 12 noon.