Open garden in Greencastle this weekend

“Inch by inch, row by row”. That’s the advice from expert gardener Patrick McCartney who has a wonderful organic flower and vegetable garden in Carrowhugh, Greencastle.

This coming weekend, Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th between 2pm and 6pm, Patrick will open his garden to the public and provide activities and fun for all the family.

Patrick will provide tours of the garden and talks on topics such as pest control, tips for tasty vegetables and kitchen and garden composting.

The vegetable plot has recently been upgraded for people with back or mobility issues and Patrick will demonstrate how best to overcome these when tending your garden.

Patrick said: “Keeping mobile is important and so is doing what you love. I love to be out in my garden, growing my own food and watching wildlife.

There will be plenty to see and do in the garden - the newly refurbished pond and rockery that is already attracting wildlife, the variety of native Irish apple trees and the winding woodland trail will be a delight for the children and a great place to find bugs.There will also be a bee-keeping demonstration by Willie McMullan and a talk on herbs by Jo Fowler. Marian, Patrick’s sister, will provide refreshments with tea/coffee and cake that can be purchased on her patio terrace which has magnificent views across to the Causeway Coast. A great opportunity to meet others with similar interests and enjoy a beautiful and thriving garden.

Entry to the garden is €5 per adult, €2 per child or €10 per family. All proceeds go to charities including Irish Seed Savers and Self Help Africa.