Open day in Fruitlawn Garden

THE owners of Fruitlawn Garden in Abbeyleix will be hosting an open day this weekend in aid of Cancer Awareness.

THE owners of Fruitlawn Garden in Abbeyleix will be hosting an open day this weekend in aid of Cancer Awareness.

As well as being able to wander around the garden and enjoy the summer blooms, people can also enjoy refreshments on the lawn. There will also be a variety of other stands selling plants and garden related items this Sunday September 2 from 10am to 5pm

Fruitlawn Garden is owned by garden designer Arthur Shackelton and artist Carol Booth. Created 10 years ago, the garden covers approximately one acre within a walled in setting. The garden has a formal layout with paths, hedges and a hornbeam tunnel dividing it across the middle. The different spaces in the garden include large perennial borders which have a mass of changing colour and texture throughout the summer.

There is also an Oak copse under-planted with lots of spring bulbs, a fruit and vegetable garden area, which includes more unusual plants like seakale, asparagus, blue potatoes and wineberries. A small orchard is set in a wildflower meadow. A small formal pool, a yew-hedged recreation space and many unusual and beautiful wall plants complete the picture.

The plants in the garden include many rare and special varieties collected over the years from some of Ireland’s best gardens. Many of these are for sale in the garden. Admission to the open day is €5 and children go free. For more information visit Fruitlawn Garden on Facebook.