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Garden Blooms

Crocuses at Mount Congreve. Photo: Patrick Browne

By Sharon Ní Chonchúir, Contributor
March / April 2020

Spring bloomed in the world-famous Mount Congreve Gardens this Valentine’s Day. That’s when the inaugural Crocus Festival started, celebrating the simple beauty of the flower.

Thousands of crocus bulbs were planted in 2019. By Valentine’s Day 2020, more than 20,000 of them had blossomed for the very first time, and members of the public were invited in to view their splendor.

“Planted en masse like this, the crocus can be a real showcase, and we’re delighted to be able to share it with the public,” said estate manager Ray Sinnott.

Located just ten minutes from Waterford City, Mount Congreve Gardens consists of 70 acres of foliage, including a four-acre walled garden and ten miles of walking trails through old woodlands. One of the great gardens of the world, Mount Congreve House, home to six generations of Congreves, was built in 1760 by the celebrated local architect John Roberts. Home to one of the largest collection of plants in Ireland, the grounds feature specimens from every continent in the world.

The Crocus Festival is the first event to take place at Mount Congreve Gardens this year, but there are more to come. These include an Easter egg trail, a special plant fair and festival in May, and a wellness and mindfulness festival in June.

You can find out more about upcoming events at the landmark’s website: www.mountcongreve.com

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