Wild Ireland and growing your own
In the “Wild Ireland” area of the gardens, we learn that there around 850 native plant species to Ireland. The often muted tones of the Irish flora in this area are noted and a few members of the group quip that it made them feel a bit better about their own garden.
The fruit and vegetable section prompted lots of discussion among the group, and the extra information from Pauline was always appreciated. There are heritage apple trees here – one from each county in the country. Some of the Culture Connects gardeners talk about their plum trees at home, there’s debate about what type of raspberries are on a vine and temptation to have a taste!
Along the way, there were memories shared about previous visits to the Botanic Gardens down through the years – a reminder of the important role it has played in the life of the city. The group were grateful for Pauline’s knowledge and passion and agreed that it brought another dimension and understanding to the living collection on display in the Botanic Gardens.
As the group began to disperse, and went in search of coffee and cake, there was talk of the next gardening workshop, plans for their own gardening endeavours, and potential locations for the next outing, with good cake being an important requirement.
Huge thanks to Tour Guide Pauline for welcoming us and sharing her knowledge.
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Sculpture in Context is running at the Botanic Gardens until 15 October. Discover around 160 artworks in the most unexpected places throughout the gardens.