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2014 Galway Garden Festival, Claregalway Castle, Sat & Sun, July 5th & 6th, 11am - 6pm.

Festival Admission: 8 euro - Kids Free.

Gate Profits Shared between Galway Simon Community and www.CBM.ie

Guest speakers' programme: (all talks free)

Ideas for Gardens

Saturday, July 5th

  • 12.30 Klaus Laitenberger, 'Growing healthy Vegetables: organic ways for preventing pests and diseases'

  • 2.00 Michael Kelly, Founder GIY (Grow it Yourself) ' Ten vegetables for a healthier, happier life'

  • 3.30 Dr. Dermot O' FLynn, 'Some Common Herbs in General Practice'

  • 4.30 Evelyn Cusack, Met Eireann 'Ireland's Weather: a Journey through time'

Sunday, July 6th

  • 12.30 Fionnuala Fallon, Author and Plantswoman 'The War Memorial Gardens'

  • 2.00 Oliver Schurmann, Mount Venus Nursery 'Designing with Diversity'

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  • Saturday, July 5th, 8pm: A reading by distinguished poet, critic & translator Bernard O'Donoghue (preceded by wine reception 7pm - Adm 10 euro) 

  • Rare and native plants, seeds, trees,garden furniture, tools, pots, sculptures and craft work can be viewed and bought at the many stands.

Browse the bookshop and meet great gardeners.

Enjoy delicious Artisan Food, freshly cooked, available daily.

Live Music, Food stalls, kids’ entertainment and much more…...

The Botanical Art Exhibition will feature works of Irish and English botanical Artists resident in Ireland.

The Festival is open from 11am to 6pm each day.

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A free Courtesy Bus leaves hourly from Galway city centre Rail Station to the Festival from 10.30 am each day. Thank you Bus Eireann.

Music includes jazz, opera, brass and traditional .

2013 Galway Garden Festival movie clip.






Summer is the time for travelling,
The great forest trees at peace,
No whistling wind to stir them,
The woodland’s cloak fresh green,
Streams vaporizing
And even the ground is warm.
Fó sín samrad sithaister,
sám fid forard forglide
nach fet gaíthe glúaiséba,
glas clúm caille clithaige,
sóit srotha sáebuisci
tes i fótán fó.



From an Early Middle Irish text.

Trans. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha


gí linn ag an deireadh seachtaine speisialta seo.

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All Gate Profits from The Galway Garden Festival 2014 are donated to:
The Christian Blind Mission www.CBM.ie to alleviate avoidable blindness and to The Galway Simon Community

Festival Aided by Galway County Council.

Thanks to Tourism Ireland for their support.

Houses Castles and Gardens of Ireland love the Galway Garden Festival.


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  Iarnród Éireann - helping to get you to the Galway Garden Festival
Travel in comfort by train to Galway Ceannt Railway Station.
Book early for best fares available on www.IarnródÉireann.ie
 
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“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves" ”.--Mahatma Ghandi’

“A society grows great when old men plant trees, under whose shade they know they shall never sit”. - Greek proverb.

“Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart” --Russell Page.

The first three letters of the ancient Irish Ogam alphabet were not A, B, C but B, L, N. Every letter of Ogam had a word associated with it, and many of these words were tree-names.

B was known as Beithe ‘Birch’, L as Luis ‘Rowan’, and N as Nin ‘Ash’. The whole alphabet was often called Beithe Luis Nin.

The letters were termed feda ‘trees’, and a single letter-score was called flesc ‘twig’. The Modern Irish word for ‘hyphen’ is fleiscín.--Seanchas.

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