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Seeds sown for Westport Flower Festival

Outdoor Living

PRIDE IN PETALSA display of allium-like Blood Lilies and dramatic Glory Lillies at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Pic: Ciara Moynihan

Ciara Moynihan

Move over Chelsea, back off bloom – Westport’s very own Flower Festival is back. This year, the colourful event take place over two days, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 to 2, in Holy Trinity Church on the town’s Newport Road.
Festival goers can view a wonderful range of displays, and peruse the popular plant and craft stalls. No doubt they’ll also be nipping into the traditional marquee tent, to enjoy a chat, some fabulous home bakes and cups of tea. The Westport Town Band and local musicians will provide the music, and the organisers say that anyone wishing to partake in this aspect of the event is very welcome.
Budding florists are invited to create original displays. The organisers say there is no specific theme, so florists can choose their own. They could put together something to celebrate Westport 250, say, or let their imaginations go wild and come up with something totally unique. All are entries will be welcome, no matter whether their creator is a novice or a professional. In fact, the organisers say that the most beautiful and eye-catching displays have come from experienced and beginner exhibitors alike.
As always, local community groups are an important part of the festivities and very welcome. Last year’s festival saw The Beekeepers, Quay Community Garden, Westport Radio, Westport Smarter Travel and The Eco-congregation take part and mount displays. The festival organisers would be delighted to hear from any other groups who would like to represented this year.
Funds raised will go towards the church’s restoration as well as the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

Anyone who wishes to donate plants, cakes or crafts, or would like to help out over the two days of the Westport Flower Festival, is asked to please contact Maggie on 087 4117165.