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Rare and Special Plant Fair moved to Borris House

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Fair gives nurseries and breeders of unusual the opportunity to present them for sale



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20 April 2023

The Rare and Special Plant Fair, in Association with Bord Bia, has taken place annually at various historic homes and gardens throughout Ireland.

Due to extenuating circumstances, the venue has changed from Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow, to Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow, which will host to this special event on Sunday 14th May 2023.

Up to 40 specialist nurseries from all over Ireland will be on site to offer and showcase beautiful, unusual and hard to find varieties of plants for sale, as well as giving expert advice on care and growing.

The Rare & Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare, unusual and special plants at reasonable prices, and to ensure that nurseries and breeders of these plants in Ireland have an opportunity to present them for sale.

At the same time, the Fair aims to provide an opportunity for visitors to visit a private garden that they might not otherwise visit. The fair is an annual event, always held on the second Sunday in May.

Situated in the beautiful Barrow Valley in County Carlow, Borris House is one of the most picturesque country houses in Ireland. Its newly-established Lace Garden takes inspiration from Borris Lace, using symbols and shapes from the lace as well as a white colour palette of plants.

In the parkland and church paddock, visitors will find a rich selection of stunning trees like the Lebanon cedar, fern leaf beech and tulip tree, as well as some exotic trees, shrubs and flora. Around the house, visitors can walk along the woodland paths, enjoy the fairy trail along the way and visit the 18th-century ice house.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm with tickets starting from €7. For further information please visit

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