Taste of Florence Court

Man behind yellow flower border
Published : 09 May 2016

This Saturday 14 May, head to Florence Court in County Fermanagh to enjoy some gardening tips and tastings in the Kitchen Garden. The National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity are celebrating 2016 Year of Food and Drink with some farm to table demonstrations from their Kitchen Gardener, David Corscadden, and Chef John Roche.

Come along for demonstrations at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm when David will be giving advice on growing your own vegetables and sharing his expertise from the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court - use this opportunity for your own personal Gardener’s Question Time. Chef John Roche will be giving his tips on using the ingredients and providing you with some culinary creations to taste using the fresh produce.

The Kitchen Garden Project at Florence Court is part of a major project, under the supervision of David Corscadden, to restore the garden to its 1930s arrangement. David manages a group of dedicated volunteers and together they are bringing the garden back to life. In the 19th century, the Garden was at its peak with 12 gardeners providing the estate with cut flowers, fruits and vegetables, including exotic fruits like pineapples which were grown in large glass greenhouses.

The past few years have seen various fruits and vegetables cultivated - from onions, carrots and potatoes to runner beans, squashes and cabbages which are sold in the National Trust Visitor Centre as they’re harvested throughout the year.

Spring is the start of the harvesting season so the conservation charity has plenty of herbs, rhubarb, early salad leaves and wild garlic which Chef John Roche will be turning into tasty treats for you to try.