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CountryLife volunteers sowing the seeds of magic at Barretstown
Jul 09, 2014

Hoticulturists from CounytryLife garden centres have been volunteering over the past few weeks to transplant the Barretstown - Sowing the seeds of Magic Garden from Bloom to its permanent home in Barretstown. The garden is located beside the medical centre in Barretstown’s walled garden. It will be a permanent fixture for the sick children who attend camps to enjoy for years to come.

Fitting of the Moongate in Barretstown

Barretstown hosted a very special garden in partnership with Glanbia’s CountryLife garden centres at Bloom in the Phoenix Park. Designed by the award winning landscape architect Tim Austen, the garden recognises the five year partnership between Glanbia and Barretstown which has raised over €1.5 million for the children’s charity.
CountryLife Horticulturists volunteering at the garden rebuild in Barretstown

Inspired by the magic campers experience atCountryLife Horticulturist Teresa Walsh and Conor Houlihan volunteering at the garden rebuild in Barretstown
Barretstown, three time gold medal winner at Bloom, Tim Austen designed an interactive fun-filled garden. The garden took home two prizes from Bloom; a Silver Gilt Medal from the Bloom judges and the coveted 2014 Bloom People’s Choice Award.

The Garden was a big hit with the public, one of the only gardens where visitors were invited to explore and experience all of it features. One of the more popular items featured in the garden was the Wishing Tree, visitors to the garden were invited to hang their wishes from the tree and all these wishes are now planted under the garden in Barretstown.


Cercydiphyllum_Japonicum_AKA_Katsura

The tree itself was a Cercydiphyllum   japonicum, aka – Katsura, Cercidiphyllum    are large deciduous trees with kidney-shaped  to ovate leaves, The Japonicum species       which was featuered in the garden is an  elegant medium-sized tree, with paired,  broadly heart-shaped leaves to 10cm in  length, bronze-tinted when young, and  turning yellow, orange and pink in autumn.

 

Other plants which were of particular interest were the Cornus-Kousa ‘Teutonica’ which is currently in full flower and looks amazing it is located at the front of garden near the pond. The Arbutus Unedo – Strawberry tree and the Metasequoia Glyptostroboides, swamp cypress located to the rear of garden. For a full plant listing from the garden visit our story on the garden.

Tim Austen, Garden Designer, paid tribute to the Glanbia and CountryLife volunteers “I would like to thank all the volunteers from Glanbia who made the five days of Bloom really special and of course magical for all the visitors to our garden” he went on to recognise the work of the CountryLife Horticulturists who gave up their time to volunteer both at Bloom and during the rebuilding of the garden at Barretstown “the CountryLife horticulturists who worked on the rebuild were fantastic, really enthusiastic and  I’m delighted with the results – I couldn’t have done this without them.” 

2014 marks Barretstown’s 20th anniversary and the children’s charity has welcomed over 27,000 children and their families since its foundation in 1994. Barretstown would like to thank Glanbia for its longstanding

News and photos of the garden will be shared on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #Seedsofmagic.  

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