Ireland’s premier horticultural show is on the move. Since 1989 the Kildare Growers’ Show has been held at Goffs Paddock near Naas in County Kildare, a centre of the Irish horse-racing bloodstock industry.
Kildare Growers is an independent group of nurseries based in the county and it wanted to expand the show, but the existing site was not big enough.
The connection with horses will not be lost, however, as the show is moving to the event and exhibition centre at Punchestown racecourse.
Organiser Karen Guilfoyle, of Amour Nurseries, said: “We have been trying to expand the show and we were limited to what we could do at Goffs.”
She added: “Everyone seems to be optimistic about the move and no one has pulled out because of the change of venue.”
Exhibitors from the UK and other European countries are regulars at the show and in 2002 the first American exhibitor took part.
This year, the show will be held on 29 and 30 July and a presentation dinner will take place at the Keadeen Hotel at Newbridge in County Kildare.
The first national trolley fair of its type in Ireland took place near Crosspatrick, County Kildare, last month. It was organised by the Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association and is promoted by Bord Glas, the Irish Horticultural Board.
Exhibitors and distributors came from all over Ireland. Bord Glas and IHNSA are working with the rest of the sector to identify specific needs of garden centres and to assist growers to meet the requirements.
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