Enjoy the ultimate decelerated shopping experience and take a trip to Future Forests in Kealkil during the Christmas break. With time at home and the weather usually good, it’s a great time of year for planting; get all the family involved in selecting plants and digging the holes and it could become a family tradition each year!
It’s a particularly nice time to plant for the future — a grove of young noble fir planted now will give you your own supply of Christmas trees in just a few short years. If you always fancied growing your own fruit — apple trees are easy to grow and will reward you with a prolific harvest each autumn and some varieties will keep right up until Christmas and beyond. In a smaller garden, a few each of raspberry, blackcurrant or gooseberry bushes will give you more than enough fruit to freeze and use in your own home baking over the Christmas holidays!
It’s a lovely time to bring the garden indoors and if you enjoy a bit of flower arranging, why not pick up some plants that will give you masses of interesting foliage for your seasonal creations? Species of pines, spruce, holly, eucalyptus, pittosporum and cotoneaster are really useful, as are the twigs from willow, red and yellow dogwood or twisted hazel.
If you would like to learn how to make your own natural wreath, on Thursday, December 12, Future Forests will host a Christmas Wreath Craft Workshop using locally found foliage from 7.30 to 9pm, at a cost of €15 for workshop and wreath. Refreshments will be available. To book your space ring Jessica Mason on 086 3031116.
For the kids, on Saturday, December 7, Future Forests will also host a Christmas Decorations Up- Cycling workshop in the big shed from 10.30 to 12pm and 1 to 2.30pm. €5 for one child, €8 for two or €10 for three, refreshments available. Spaces limited, book by emailing email@example.com or ring Bernadette on 083 1468064.
Plants make great gifts too so for something a bit different that will give many years of pleasure, why not give plants this year? Cammelias always make lovely presents at Christmas, buds burst with promise to cheer up the garden and the colourful flowers will open in the New Year. If you are not sure what plant to give, a Future Forests gift voucher is always well received by keen and novice gardeners alike, they can be purchased over the phone and sent out to any address along with a catalogue.
Future Forests is open until 4pm on Christmas Eve, closed December 25, 26 and 27 and then open every day from Saturday, December 28 until Sunday, January 5 from 1pm until 5pm.
Located 15 minutes from Bantry on the road to Gougane Barra. www.futureforests.net, 027 66176.