The annual Organic Centre Garden Party

Neven Maguire
“Every year we try to showcase our training gardens and polytunnels to the wider public and also invite back Members of The Organic Centre to keep them up to date on developments here supported by their membership fee” says organiser Hans Wieland. “What started as a Garden Day has become more of a Garden Party for all the family to enjoy.”

“Every year we try to showcase our training gardens and polytunnels to the wider public and also invite back Members of The Organic Centre to keep them up to date on developments here supported by their membership fee” says organiser Hans Wieland. “What started as a Garden Day has become more of a Garden Party for all the family to enjoy.”

Coming back this year for another cooking demonstration is Celeb Chef Neven Maguire from MacNean House and Restaurant in Blacklion. A talk by Trevor Sargent the former Minister for Horticulture and author of “Trevor’s Kitchen Garden” will be another highlight of the day.

In tune with our theme for this year “Back to Basics and Beyond” there will be guided walks, demonstrations and short workshops by staff, students and lecturers on all matters of organic gardening and growing, including talks on “Growing unusual vegetables like Oca”, a session on “Weeds to eat and weeds to weed” with lecturer Ingrid Foley and our popular “Polytunnel Walk” with Hans Wieland. A big visitors attraction this year is our Tomato Trail. Together with former head gardener Klaus Laitenberger we have selected and planted more than 60 different varieties of tomatoes and the question is: Which one can beat Sungold for taste? A “Green Manure Trial” and a “Heritage Potato” bed will be on show in our kitchen gardens. We will have a special display on “Food Trends – The Organic Centre has it covered”, featuring fermentation, foraging and wild foods. Visitors, especially children can play the “Guess the Seed” game and the “Compost Game”. Children can also enjoy playing in the willow domes or have their face painted. Parents can bring their children on a self-guided “Discovery Trail”. The Grassroof café will be open with summer dishes. The Eco-shop offers seeds, plants, books, tools, sundries and other organic goodies. Traditional music by local musicians. Tickets €8, visit www.theorganiccentre.ie