Creating an impact in a space only 2m by 3m is a difficult task, but there is much to hold the attention in these six little “postcard gardens”.
It’s Bloom time in Dublin – Dublin’s Garden and Food festival. The large crowds hurtle towards the Floral marquee, the Show Gardens and artisan food stalls, but many pause on their exit to appreciate the ideas being showcased by the various Societies who have built these postage stamp gardens.
Irish people are well known for their “gift of the gab”, enhanced by kissing the Blarney Stone, and Blarney Castle and Gardens, Co Cork, presented us with “thumbnail imagery” of what awaits the visitor to Blarney, in a representation of a Celtic Cross with Irish Ogham alphabet.
The Community Garden Network showcased their ideas about growing food and mutigenerational connectedness.
The lovely planting in the Irish Wildlife Trust’s “Our Natural Heritage” sought to highlight some of Ireland’s unique habitats – rich grassland meadow
and diverse woodland and water habitats.
The prettiest garden was The Alpine Society’s charming scree garden, alpine plants are ideal for small spaces such as this where we can appreciate their beauty,
complete with miniature chamomile lawn and thyme seat .. just check for bees before you sit down.
But chatting to the creator of the Celtic Tree garden, Elaine Garde,was fascinating. Her garden sought to reconnect people with their native and natural heritage and featured pottery shapes with ogham writing. She explained how the ancient Ogham Alphabet consists of 22 letters linked to a native plant or tree.
My birthday, soon on the horizon, is linked to the hawthorn, such a beautiful scent in the countryside at present. The hawthorn “offers Psychic Protection for all spiritual journeys”, apparently.
I wasn’t the only one interested in finding one’s connection with their tree. Here President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, chats to Elaine about his tree.
Now I can’t be sure … but I think he’s connected to the alder … or was it the willow?