Florence Court Garden Get-together

Children look for fruits and vegetables in the walled garden at Florence Court

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Join us on Sunday 23rd September in the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court as we celebrate everything from past to present that has been achieved thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from local community. In order to mark the occasion, we are having a family get-together in the garden with live music from both Fermanagh Concert Band and an acoustic performance from the Magee Family Band, a delicious garden BBQ and children’s face-painting!

Enjoying the Rot Pot Scavenger Hunt in Florence Court Kitchen Garden
Enjoying the Rot Pot Scavenger Hunt in Florence Court Kitchen Garden
Enjoying the Rot Pot Scavenger Hunt in Florence Court Kitchen Garden

For the little ones, there will be a range of ‘Have a Go’ activities taking place, including Bee Hotel Building, Seed Gathering, Apple Pressing and more! Don’t forget to bring along your own variety of apples to be pressed by our own apple presser. There will be lots for the little ones to make and take home with them to their own gardens!

We will also have guided tours of the beautiful Kitchen Garden and a 1930s’ Plot to Plate’ activity in the Basement Kitchen that connects the sustainable garden with how it provided the house with fruit and veg. Our Lead Gardener David will also be on hand to answer any of your own gardening queries from your garden to ours with a special ‘Question-time’ session.

The Kitchen Garden at Florence Court has supported hundreds of children so far this year by hosting their series of ‘Have a Go’ activities, which aims to get the local community involved in gardening and the outdoors.

Digging deep to uncover the history behind the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court
Digging deep to uncover the history behind the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court
Digging deep to uncover the history behind the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court

So far this year, as part of the community project in the Kitchen Garden, the National Trust has welcomed 120 school children from 4 local schools and created 1 jumbo ‘Bee Hotel’, along with 60 other Bee Hotels, 90 garden Rot Pots and thousands of marigold seeds have made their way to nearby homes in the local community and across Fermanagh.

Guided tours of the house will be running as normal on the day. The Stables Tea-room will be providing tasty treats and lunches, as well as setting up a mouth-watering barbeque in the garden that will tempt your taste buds! Don’t forget to visit our giftshop and second-hand bookshop for some quality gifts and reads!

The Florence Court Garden Get-together runs from 11am-5pm in the Kitchen Garden. Normal admission prices apply and entry is free for National Trust members. For further information please contact 028 6634 8249.

Onions being dug out of the soil in the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court

Restoring the Kitchen Garden Progress

The Walled Garden in Florence Court, Co. Fermanagh kept the estate in stock of herbs, fruit and vegetables and was an integral part of the working Irish estate. Aided by volunteers, we're working on a project to restore the garden.

Gardener's Gerry, David and volunteer gardener Jason delighted to see everything flowing again in the Walled Garden

'Everything flows' once again in the Walled Garden

‘Everything flows’ at Florence Court, as another part of the Walled Garden is brought back to life thanks to our supporters, members and volunteers.

The carved wooden red squirrel in the natural play area at Florence Court

Natural Play at Florence Court

Florence Court's natural play area is a great spot to start ticking off those 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4.