Local producers compete at Killanick Garden Show

By AMY LEWIS

Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00

Bernard Darlow and Mary-Ellen Forde, founders of Killinick and District Garden Club and organisers of the Garden Show.
Bernard Darlow and Mary-Ellen Forde, founders of Killinick and District Garden Club and organisers of the Garden Show.

Keen gardeners and growers are getting ready to gather together for the Annual Gardening Show inside the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle on September 12 and 13.

Organised by Killinick and District Garden Club, the show will see people coming from all across the county for what organisers are calling 'the perfect day out for garden lovers'.

Competitors can showcase their home grown produce in a wide range of sections including various flower, fruit and vegetables categories. The Open Potato Championship is one of the biggest classes of the event, with amateur and professional growers going head to head to win the sought-after trophy and 100 prize.

While children can compete in any of the classes, there is also a separate section for children up to the age of 16. Primary school children are invited to take part in a unique plant display contest in which they must use any plant material to depict a book or film title. Another section, the weird and wonderful creations contest, will see children hand-carve fruit and vegetables to create unique works of art.

The event isn't aimed solely at gardeners. Keen cooks can enter their homemade jams and chutneys into the preserve section. Nature-lovers may also be interested in a bee display, where local beekeepers will teach visitors about with the ways to encourage the bee populations throughout the county. Other sections cater for a collection of wildflowers, the largest, longest or ugliest vegetable and foraging for all the family.

There will also be traders, harvest music and dancing in the courtyard to keep visitors entertained.

Exhibitors will stage entries on Saturday, with the public show on Sunday 13.

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