The Story of Blarney Castle

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Adam Whitbourn at the Old Courthouse in Antrim.                                           Photo from Barbara Kelso

About 80 members and friends thoroughly enjoyed Adam Whitbourn, Head Gardener at Blarney Castle, telling the story of the Castle’s gardens at the Old Courthouse in Antrim on Thursday 23 March. Who could fail to enjoy features such as the Witch’s Kitchen, the Wishing Steps and the Poison Garden? We admired the tree collection from the 600 year old yews to the more modern introductions, envied the double herbaceous borders spanned by a pergola swathed in roses created from scratch in a mere three years, and applauded his vision in creating an Irish Trail featuring a collection of Irish cultivars – the aims of the IGPS brought to life.

Report from Maeve Bell

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Enjoying Adam’s talk!                                                                                        Photo from Barbara Kelso