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Galway Garden Festival, Claregalway Castle, Sat & Sun, July 4th & 5th, 11am - 6pm.

The 2015 Galway Garden Festival is on Saturday July 4th and Sunday July 5th. It will be preceeded by National Conference on soil Friday July 3rd with Klaus Laitenberger and a panel of expert speakers

Final programme will shortly be released

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Festival Admission: 8 euro -Children Free.

All gate Profits Shared between Galway Simon Community and Christian Blind Mission Ireland www.CBM.ie

2014 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'

2013 Galway Garden Festival movie clip.

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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.


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.

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Galway Simon Community

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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.

Míle búiuchas to our sponsors below.

Iarnród Eireann - sponsors of the Galway Garden Festival Tourism Ireland Houses & Castles of Ireland Déanta i nGallaimh Súiomh Comhairle Co.na Gaillimhe

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Back Garden
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves" ”.--Mahatma Ghandi’

“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone”. --Czeslaw Milosz - ‘Longing’

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.

“Maireann an crann ar an bhfál ach ní mhaireann an lámh a chuir”. --Seanfhocal

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