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Mahon to bloom with garden festival

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 4:36pm

A garden festival is to explore the theme of self-sufficiency in smaller urban spaces this weekend.

Among the highlights of the first annual Voxpro Urban Garden Festival Cork is Fergal Smith of Moyhill Community Farm who gave up traveling as a professional surfer to farm in Ireland to help the planet. Meet the Mayo man who has paddled into some of the world's largest waves, but it's the tiny seeds he's growing at home that he hopes will be his legacy.

Susan Turner, head gardener of Ballymaloe House will share her vast experience on vertical and container gardens.

In the main tent, there will be talks and demonstrations on many topics including growing fruit and veg in containers, starting out with pigs, the buzz about bees and bee keeping, starting a smallholding from scratch.

Rachel Allen will be demonstrating how to cook up a farm to fork feast in a disco-ball pizza oven using fresh produce from the Voxpro garden.

Glean some master gardener advice from Olive Ryan of Dripsey Farm Fresh Veg, Darragh Stone - craft gardener of Blarney Castle and gardens, Mags Coughlan and Melissa O Neill from Ballymaloe House in the Green Lounge.

Edible adventures abound with foraging walks led by medicinal herbalist John Vaughan on Sunday at 12pm and 2pm.

Festival manager Helene Wall-Horan said: “Voxpro is an ideal central location, and a natural choice for this event due to the Voxgro initiative headed up by our festival host and Voxpro head horticulturist Kitty Scully. I was inspired by the project and the community spirit that is fostered in Voxpro through there innovative outdoor space which includes a geodome, disco-ball pizza oven, herb pyramid, hens and more. It truly is a quirky and unique approach to employee engagement and an inspirational example of the positive effects that can be achieved through gardening and growing in an urban environment.”

Entrance fee for the Urban Garden Festival is €3 and you can book online through Eventbrite. Children under 12 are free with an adult.

The Urban Garden Festival Cork opening hours are 11am until 6pm on Sunday 26 August.

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