we have started work on our Cutting Garden in Marlay Park. We will be planting out flowers that will be specifically for Cutting for making bouquets.
the majority of cut flowers sold in Ireland are imported, often from very far away. They are often produced using a lot of pesticides. In short, their production has a very negative environmental impact.
we will be growing ours with very little pesticides, only using those approved for organic production.
Even though the weather is wet and miserable at the moment, plants are growing outside and signs of Spring are everywhere, green leaves bursting into growth, blossoms bringing colour and bulbs are bursting from the soil.
At The Garden School we have already been potting up lots of seedlings.
We have sown many seeds outside in trays to expose them to cold winter conditions, a process called cold stratification. Some have started to germinate such as Arbutus unedo and Sorbus megalocarpa.
The New Growth Project in the last 16
A number of weeks ago we found out that we were selected by SEI Awards to attend the Boot Camp which included 50 Social Enterprises. We were delighted to be amongst the other great social enterprises and we had the opportunity to pitch our project to a panel of judges. Then on Monday 19th June The New Growth participated in the final round of 16. We wait now with great anticipation to find out if we will be selected for an award.
regardless of the outcome we feel that it has been a great achievement for The New Growth Project and that to have got this far gives our project great validation. That others also see the potential of what we do to bring about social change through horticultural education is a real motivation for us to work to achieve out aim of bringing The New Growth Project to new locations. We believe that everyone has the right to experience the health benefits of gardening, and given the chance, we all can grow.
eWe were all very excited to see our student Ashling Harrison on the television on Tuesday night, she was taking part in RTE's Super Garden competition. this was Ashling's first ever attempt of designing a garden. We think she did great.
We will keep our fingers crossed for her, if she wins, she will get to build her garden at Bloom, just like last year's winner, Alexandra Hollingsworth. Alexandra was a home study student with the Garden School.
In any case, Ashling has made a great garden, and we are proud of her. Well done!
A day's work with the New Growth Project
Meanwhile, we have been busy with The New Growth Project every Monday and Thursday at Marlay Park. We have been busy planting our cut flower garden and sowing parsnip and carrot seeds.
in the tunnels, plants are growing well, and some of the team have been busy pricking out seedlings and potting on plants.
watch our video below to see what we have been up to this week.
We were all very excited to see on of our students Ashling Harrison take part in RTE television garden competition Super Garden. This was Ashling's first attempt at designing a garden , and we were very impressed by her. We are keeping our fingers crossed for her, if she wins, she will get to do her garden at Bloom, just like last year's winner Alexandra Hollingsworth. Alexandra was one of our home study students.
Well done Ashling, we are proud of you!
A Day's Work with The New Growth Project
We have been busy planting plants in our cut flower garden and sowing seeds of Parsnips and Carrots. In the tunnels we have been pricking out seedlings and potting on plants. Hesperis matronalis (sweet rocket), Acer wilsonii and Verbascum chiaxii 'Album; are amongst the plants we were handling this week. Watch the video below for a flavour of a day with The New Growth Project.
we have been busy potting plants, sowing seeds and taking cutting in the tunnel. While outdoors we have planted lots of Gladiolus corms for our cutting garden.
in the allotment we sowed carrots and pickling onions.