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Barretstown and Glanbia: Sowing the Seeds of Magic...
May 20, 2014


The Barretstown and Glanbia: Sowing the Seeds of Magic garden celebrates the amazing five year charity partnership.

Children Gardening
Glanbia and its employees raised an amazing €1.6m for Barretstown through the support of thousands of Glanbia employees and customers from across Ireland.

As a fitting tribute to this partnership this beautiful garden will be transplanted to Barretstown after Bloom as a lasting legacy of Glanbia’s contribution to Barretstown. The garden will then be enjoyed by the families who visit Barretstown for years to come.

Barretstown is a specially designed residential camp in Co. Kildare. Their mission is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness through a world leading, medically endorsed programme of Therapeutic Recreation, or as our campers say ‘Serious Fun’!

Barretstown and Glanbia: Sowing the Seeds of MagicGarden 2014 Plant List

Specimen Trees

  • Cercydiphyllum japonicum – (“Katsura” = wishing tree at front of garden)
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Swamp Cypress to rear of garden
  • Taxodium distichum
  • Fagus sylvatica purpurea – Purple Beech
  • Fagus sylvatica – Green Beech
  • Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’ – White Birch
  • Trachycarpus fortune – Palm Tree

Specimen Shrubs

  • Wisteria brachybotrys ‘Captain Fuji’ – White flowering tree near colourful twisty walkway
  • Magnolia brooklynensis Yellow Bird
  • Cornus kousa ‘Teutonica’ – front of garden near pond and beside moongate
  • Fetsia japonica – near colourful twisty walkway (big leaves, evergreen)
  • Arbutus unedo – Strawberry tree on mound Red Door (not real strawberries – grows in Kerry)


  • Matteuccia struthiopteris
  • Polystichum polyblepharum                                    
  • Dicksonia antartica - Large fern in swamp
  • Cyathea cooperi - Large fern near corner                                                         
  • Blechnum nudum
  • Osmunda regalis


  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ - Stripey grass near pond
  • Spartina aureomarginata                                          
  • Stipa gigantean                                                       
  • Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails' – grass under ‘window’
  • Veronica prostrate

Groundcover shrubs and perennials

  • Actaea simplex                                   
  • Agapanthus ‘Blue Storm’
  • Allium schoenoprasum
  • Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’
  • Allium ‘Christophii’
  • Achillea ‘Moonshine’                            
  • Alchemilla erythropoda ‘Alma’               
  • Armeria maritime                                 
  • Astilbe ‘Rheinland’                               
  • Calendula officinalis
  • Campanula muralis         
  • Delphinium ‘Dasante’ – blue flowers near window
  • Digitalis ‘Dalmation Crème’ – creamy foxgloves
  • Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Profusion’          
  • Fragaria vesca – wild strawberries on central mound
  • Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’            
  • Hosta ‘Framces Williams’                      
  • Hosta ‘Guacamole’                                
  • Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’                    
  • Knautia macedonica ‘Red Knight’            
  • Libertia grandiflora                                  
  • Ligularia dentate ‘Desdemona’                 
  • Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low' – blue flower on front of mound
  • Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ – near entrance
  • Primula bulleyana – near exit
  • Primula capitata                                
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’  – purple near window and pool
  • Scabiosa caucasica ‘Butterfly Blue’  – purple flower near mirror
  • Scrophularia auriculata ‘Variegata’ – in swamp (variegated)
  • Vinca minor ‘Illumination’ - corner 

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