The Munster branch of the IGPS had a fantastic day at Blarney in Bloom . A huge thank you to Blarney Castle & Gardens, to those who donated plants and books, lent furniture, volunteered their time, and to all those who came by to say hello. Well done everyone!

This year we moved our annual plant sale to Blarney in Bloom and at it was a major success. We were amazed with the unbelievable amount of rare and unusual, good quality plant donations from members. Set up began at 8am, and 7 members took turns volunteering on a 2hrly rota. We were kept busy from start until finish with people buying our plants and books, and making enquiries about the society. Many customers left with membership forms, with one person joining there and then. Not only did we raise a significant amount of money, raise the IGPS profile and gain new members, but we also networked, receiving invites to have an IGPS information stand at the Clare Garden Festival, and to work together with a new group called The Young Horts, which encourages and supports young people into horticulture. A very successful day!

Bruno Nicolai

with photos from Adam Whitbourn

Bruno and Frances at Blarney

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