Future Forests - Plant Fairs and Shows

Can't make it to West Cork ?

.........Future Forests might be coming to a Garden Event in your part of the country !

As well as our regular Friday stand at Bantry Market, we bring a miniature 'pop-up' Future Forests to a lot of Plant Fairs and Garden Festivals during the summer months.
We love them!

Such a great opportunity to talk plants and gardens with other enthusiasts and most of all, to meet those of you who have had plants from us by mail order.

Many of these events are held in beautiful settings and are often fundraisers for deserving charities.

Seamus Collard, Maria Collard and Louise Amery receiving an award for the Best Plant Display at Fota
Seamus Collard, Maria Collard and Louise Amery receiving an award for the Best Plant Display at the Fota Plant Fair in 2014

Shows that you can find us at:

Claregalway Castle: Spring Garden Event
Claregalway, Co. Galway
Admission FREE
Sunday 2nd April 11am - 6pm

Specialist nurseries offer a wide selection of plants. Coffee shop and a 'foodie forum' with workshops for all the family

2017: The sun shone, brilliant burgers &  pizzas and lots of plants found new homes
2016: What a great day for a first event and a wonderful venue.

Fota House: Plant and Garden Fair
Fota, Co. Cork

Donation 8 euro, free parking
(Most of the profits are donated to Marymount Hospice )
Sunday 23rd April  11am - 4pm

Lots of excellent plant stands bursting with new stock and a chance to explore the famous arboretum. 

2017: A perfect day for visitors & stallholders, everyone went home happy
2016: Dry & cold this year but gardeners were on the look out for new & unusual plants.
2015: Warm and sunny, Fota buzzed with gardeners like bees round a honey pot.
2014: Lots of enthusiastic gardeners ~ 'Horticultural Heaven' !

Clare Garden Festival
Ennis Showgrounds
Ennis, Co Clare
Admission 8 euro, free parking
Sunday 30th April 11am - 5pm

This community orientated show gets better every year: show gardens, kids' entertainments, artisan food and masses of Plants ~ check out the FRINGE event

2017: Such a good event, fun & educational...and the sun came out !
2016: Crowds of all ages enjoying a great day . Clare has a festival to be proud of.
2015: Wonderful day with something for everyone. Eric McNamara's show garden was superb
2014: Great atmosphere & so much on offer.

Rare & Special Plant Fair
Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford 2017 - (Venue changes each year)
Sunday 14th May 10am - 5pm

THE show for finding something different and this year's fair is a great opportunity to explore these famous gardens.

2017: A great success & the rain held off. The Mount Congreve gardens are amazing
2016: A wonderful day & so well organised by the Russborough team.
2015: Airfield was a great venue. An enjoyable day for novices, expert gardeners and the stallholders.
2014: The sheltered courtyards of Kilruddery were stuffed with unusual plants....and lots of them found new homes !

Mallow Home & Garden Festival
Cork Racecourse, Mallow, Co. Cork

Fri 26th May to Sun 28th May 11am to 6pm

No wonder this major Cork show attracts visitors from all over the country ~ there is something for everyone, we have been exhibiting at this show since 1999!

2017: Another big success, this show ticks all the boxes.
2016: What a great weekend. The sun shone and there were crowds of happy visitors
015: The Gardens looked great ! Plants, talks, dog shows, kids stuff and food stalls to suit every taste
2014: 3 days of sunshine made for a wonderful festival and it was great to see so many old friends.

The Phoenix Park, Dublin
Thursday to Monday - June Bank Holiday weekend  10am - 6pm

Ireland's biggest garden show

2014: So many plants, so many people. It was great!
As the Mallow Festival is the weekend before, Future Forests will NOT have a stand at  Bloom this year.

'Buds & Blossoms'
Laois Garden Festival
Spink Community Grounds, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.
Sun 11th June  12 noon-6pm

We enjoyed this new Midlands show so much last year. Good speakers, lots of plant stalls and fun for all the family

2017: More stalls and lots for kids, shame about the wind & rain.  
2016: Friendly, relaxed and so well organised.
We hope this becomes an annual event

West Cork Garden Trail
Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty
Admission FREE Sun 25th June  2-5pm

New Event:Talks, music, refreshments & plant stalls. Explore the beautiful gardens or join a guided tour at 4.30

Galway Garden Festival
Claregalway Castle, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Admission tbc
Profits to Galway Simon Community and CBS
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July  11am to 6pm

Wonderful, relaxed atmosphere, great artisan food, excellent speakers, a bookshop. kids stuff, art & music as well as plants....and gate profits go to charity

2017: The rain held off, lots of entertainments for young & old ... plus a great selection of plants
2016: Always a great weekend with quality plants and lots of entertainment
2015: The sun shone & the Castle grounds looked better than ever.
2014: As good as ever...some think better than Bloom

Blarney in Bloom
Blarney Castle, Co. Cork
Admission tbc Profits to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Sunday 9th July 10am - 5pm

Another charity fund raiser and what a setting plus a chance to enjoy the wonderful Blarney gardens & arboretum !

2017: For once the weather was perfect, good crowds and a great day. 

2016: The Blarney Show Garden was a great addition. Fun for all the family & a great range of special plants for the keen gardeners
2015: More stands and activities than ever, just a shame that it was so wet & windy
2014: Wonderful ! Great atmosphere, entertainments, food & plenty of plant stalls

RHSI Garden Show
Russborough House, Blessington,
Co. Wicklow
Admission €8 discounts for families & RHSI members
Saturday 29th July 10.30 - 5.30

New Show: Russborough has hosted the R & S Plant Fair twice and now hopes to have an annual Garden Show
NB Open to RHSI members from 9.30...so if you are a member you get the pick of the plants !

2017: A lovely day. Plenty of stalls and excellent talks. The Walled Garden looked great. The RHSI & its volunteers have a lot to be proud of.

Farmleigh Late Summer Plant Fair
The Phoenix Park, Dublin
Sunday 6th August

Unusual plants in a beautiful setting... plus farmers' market and admittance is free !

2017: A shame about the rain but Farmleigh is worth visiting whatever the weather2015: Lovely to see so many people, young and old, enjoying the fine day, the lovely plant displays and talks.
2014: Lots of enthusiastic gardeners and the rain held off to the very end of the show.

Claregalway Castle: Autumn Garden Event
Claregalway, Co. Galway

Sunday 10th September Following on the success of their Spring Fair, you can find choice plants from Ireland's specialist nurseries

2017: Terrible weather forecast put people off but Claregalway escaped with a few showers & those who came found 

2016: Wild & windy but great fun !
We'll be back again next year.

Fota House: ISNA Plant Fair
Fota, Co. Cork.
www.isna.ie Sunday 17th Sept
11am to 4pm

Autumn is such a good time to plant and this show, organised by the Irish Specialist Nursery Association will have plenty on offer to enhance your garden through till next summer...and we are due a fine day !

2015: A bad weather forecast didn't deter the avid gardeners !
fun despite the showers and we look forward to being back for the Spring show April 2016
2014: A beautiful day, the perfect end of summer show

There may be others so do check back and if you are holding an event and would like Future Forests to come along, please let us know.
Our monthly newsletter also features details of up-coming shows. If you'd like to join, just email us at info@futureforests.ie