Public plant sale for Wicklow Hospice Gardens

Wicklow Hospice volunteer gardeners are holding a public plant sale tomorrow Saturday May 21, at Jack White’s Inn from 10am to 1pm.

Hundreds of plants and shrubs including cosmos and sunflowers and a myriad of vegetables will be available on the day and all funds raised will go directly to the creation and upkeep of the hospice gardens. 

Over the last 3 years, the volunteers gardeners, led by chief horticulturalist and local woman, Debbie Bailey, have completely transformed the grounds of  Wicklow hospice, turning over three acres of what was a building site into a bright peaceful haven for patients and their families to enjoy.

A wave of fifteen gardens have been created around the patients bedrooms, emulating a wave of the sea on the nearby strand of Magheramore which the gardens overlook.  There’s an inside courtyard and a meditation garden in the Japanese style and they are currently planting a wildflower meadow in keeping with the project’s biodiversity. 

Last autumn ten thousand flowering bulbs were planted throughout the grounds which will create a wonderland of colour each year.  Then there’s the quiet Fern garden, a green oasis with giant tree ferns.  The site at Magheramore is very special, a seaside garden surrounded by large mature trees.  These have been added to by locals who have planted new specimens in memory of loved ones.

One of the current projects is to buy quality wooden benches to enable patients to relax and enjoy their surroundings.Since its inception there has been tremendous support for Magheramore hospice with many locals volunteering to help in the gardens.  Twice a month the team arrive in their wellies and get stuck in,  weeding, watering and planting new shrubs and flowers to create a garden that makes the Magheramore hospice the lovely, natural location it is.  The funds raised next Saturday will enhance the gardens.  The team will be there, happy to answer questions and delighted to sell and also to accept gifts of plants. 

Further information: 087 6858406.

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