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Rare and Special Plant Fair

Sunday, 13th May 2018 10:00 am

Burtown House,

published in Flowers, Events, Exhibitions, Food, Gardens

The Rare and Special Plant Fair, in association with Bord Bia

Rare and Special Plant Fair

The Rare and Special Plant Fair, in Association with Bord Bia, has taken place annually at various historic homes and gardens throughout Ireland, and we are delighted to announce that the host venue for 2018 will be Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare

Up to 40 Specialist Nurseries will offer and showcase beautiful, unusual and hard to find varieties of plants for sale, as well as giving advice on care and growing.

The Rare and Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of Bord Bia, to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit.

About the Rare & Special Plant Fair

The Rare & Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare, unusual and special plants at reasonable prices, and to ensure that nurseries and breeders of these plants in Ireland have an opportunity to present them for sale. At the same time, the Fair aims to provide an opportunity for visitors to visit a private garden that they might not otherwise visit. The fair is an annual event, always held on the second Sunday in May. Over the years the event has grown in stature and reputation with the fair being hosted in some of Ireland’s most notable and beautiful private gardens, and more recently in public and state gardens of note, including Fancroft Millhouse Gardens, Roscrea, Lakeview Gardens, Co Cavan, Kilfane Glen, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Anne’s Grove Gardens, Co Cork, Castleforbes, Co Longford, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Russborough House, Co. Wicklow, Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow, Airfield Gardens and Farm and Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford.

Entrance to the gardens at Burtown House on Sunday 13th May costs €6.

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What to expect on the day

  • Over 40 stalls of rare and unusual plants

  • Expert advise from growers

  • Teas, Coffee, Delicious food and drink

  • Free plant creche porter service

  • Free car parking

  • Exhibition of botanical work by acclaimed botanical artist Wendy Walsh at The Green Barn Restaurant, Shop and Gallery

  • 10 acres of flower, woodland and vegetable gardens with large sculpture set in old parkland

  • The award winning Green Barn Restaurant

  • Burtown House is an early 17th century house that has never changed hands with strong Quaker heritage
The Green Barn Restaurant and Shop

What nurseries will be here on the day.

Caherhurley Nursery

Rare Plants Ireland

Peppermint Farm & Garden

Irish Water Plants

Camolin Potting Shed

Harrington Exotics

Natural Growing

Baurnafea Studio

Timpany Nurseries

Papervale Trees

Gash Gardens & Nursery

Herbs on Thyme

Peninsula Primulas

Mount Venus Nursery

Kilmurry Nursery

Botanical Artist

Kells Bay House & Gardens

Future Forests

Sarah Largue

Deep Route Gardening

Leamore Nursery

Boyne Garden Centre

Shady Plants

Mullhall Obelisks

Pontoon Nursery

Nightpark Nursery

Potted Jewels

Perennial Plants Nursery

Slug Gone

Rare Bits

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