Sunday, 16 December 2007


One year ago this month a group of gardening enthusiasts living around Buncrana got together and formed the Swilly Gardening Club. These intrepid enthusiasts realised there are plenty of other keen gardeners in the area that were looking for somewhere to learn more about horticulture. “You only have to look into peoples gardens around Inishowen to realise that there is a wealth of knowledge and interest when it comes to plant care” says Ian Gomersall, a member of the group. When the group was formed a year ago the committee didn’t really know what the reaction to it would be. They were not disappointed. In fact the attendance on the first night last February was fantastic. They practically filled the main hall at the local school! Over the first year the club has had some very prominent speakers to entertain and enlighten the members. Gordon Toner from Limavady, started the year by talking about spring bulbs and alpines and showing slides of his fabulous collection. Danny Mc Laughlin from Carndonagh came in and gave a talk about what to do in the garden in April. Stephanie Stephens from Greencastle talked about organic gardening in July and Patrick McCartney from Moville sang songs and cracked jokes in October. Other events throughout the year included a quiz night, a very successful plant sale and a bus trip to visit gardens of interest around Northern Ireland. In August there was a show night where members could bring their own grown plant or vegetables to be judged.

The club will be starting up again in February on Monday the 21st of February in the main hall, Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana at 8pm. The speaker on the night will be Clive Alcorn, from Letterkenny who will be showing us how to make colourful planters for this time of year. Throughout the year the club committee will be searching the country for speakers to give stimulating talks on all aspects of gardening.

The cost of the evening will be €2 for members and €5 for non-members which includes entry into the prize draw. At the first meeting there will be the opportunity to pay an annual subscription. Tea and coffee are served and the evening is great for networking with likeminded gardeners.

The club now meet at the Angling Centre

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