Garden Charity Open Day for Clonmel Lion’s Club , July 24th 2017

This year we decided to hold the annual fund raising event for the Lion’s Club on one day instead of over two days as in previous years , we were lucky with the weather and the people of Clonmel came out in droves with over 300 people visiting the garden and 2000 euros was collected for the very worthy local Clonmel charity , Riding for the Disabled .

Snezana and I prepared the garden but the real work was done by the two fabulous committees who set up a marquee , organised face painting and Fairy doors , baked cakes ,scones and buns , made tea and coffee on a scale not seen since the loaves and fishes back in biblical times !

A huge thank you also to the group Strange Things and Twiggy who sang their hearts out for free and to Kilkenny gardening writer , Shirley Lannigan, who introduced her new book The Open Gardens of Ireland and made herself available for questions on gardening throughout the afternoon .

A Big Thank You to everyone and to friends who came from far and wide to support  !

Pascal Mansfield and Caecilia van Peski get in the frame

Addison and Keeling carry in their Dad’s cakes

Conrad , Clonmel Lion’s Club , can always ditch the day job to become a full time bakery chef !

A trio of Clonmel Gardeners , Janet Sheils  , Mary O’Donovan and Mary Feeney

The frames proved very popular

Please don’t turn on the water !

Getting into the spirit of things !

Framing the Water Garden

Straight from the cast of Cats

Shirley Lannigan launches her book , the Open Gardens of Ireland

An appreciative audience listening to Shirley

Joe O’Malley enjoys the music

Rainey O’Meara and Sean with Jessica

The 2 pm guided tour

The Clonmel duo , Strange Things sang their hearts out all afternoon

Kilcash man , Twiggy belted out some great songs

Local TD , Mattie McGrath , turned out to support the Open Day

We should have charged for photos with Mattie who was in great demand !

Tesco’s Clonmel donated some cakes for sale

Local Clonmel Teacher , Ms Stapleton and Riding for the disabled committee member helps out

Rainey and Margaret framed

Finally a big thank you to all who attended and who made it such a great day !

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