The day was a massive success, with attendance way beyond what we had expected at over 1200 people, despite some serious rain showers and a certain sporting event being held at the same time!
The aim for the day was mainly to raise the profile of the garden, which I think was achieved with visits from 'VIPs' such as the Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague, the Lady Mayoress and Trevor Seargent, as well as the huge numbers of local people and families who turned out to see the garden. We will be following up on links such as these in order to further promote and develop our garden.
And while fundraising was not central to the day we did manage to make a profit of aprox €1000 which will of course help us with all of our many ongoing projects.
Most importantly of all, this was a pivotal and hugely successful day for our beautiful garden and has put down strong foundations for a long-term sustainable future for us.
So thank you to all members who came along to enjoy the day, and to those of you who volunteered both on the day and those who worked really hard in the run-up to get the garden looking spick and span. And of course we were very grateful for the assistance of all our sponsors, Master Composter Craig Benton and fantastic friends of the Garden, the Conservation Volunteers as well as the ICA ladies - you know we love cakes!!
The success of our day goes to prove not only how popular and valuable an amenity Santry Demesne is to local people but also how flexible and suitable the Walled Garden is as a venue for public events. The interest in our vegetable garden and orchard was very heartening and we were delighted with the support we received.
I uploaded a great slideshow of the day, which is on our homepage and there are more photos on our facebook page.
Meanwhile in the garden, we are really benefiting from all our hard work, with a load of gorgeous veg ready for picking, including courgettes, beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, salads, onions and more. But my highlight of the summer in the garden has definately been eating gorgeous juicy peaches straight from the tree. What a treat!
And remember to email if any of you find good recipes for using our garden produce and i can add it to our ever-expanding recipe section on our website.
Hope to see you all soon in the garden.
Ciara and Committee