Good year for the roses at Kelly's home
Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00
Garden lovers came from far and wide to enjoy the fine flush of roses at Walter Kelly's home in Tombrick. For the ninth year in a row, the grounds of the house were thrown open to all comers, in aid of the Community Workshop in Enniscorthy.
As well as the roses, the visitors discovered that the alsteromeria were in fine bloom, while the phlox was admirable. They also enjoyed a cup of tea and cakes served up by the catering team from the workshop along with volunteers from family and neighbours.
The event drummed up at least €2,500 for the cause, a sum which Walter Kelly was disappointed to note was down on last year, despite the fine weather on open day.
The garden which made such an impression has been 25 years in the making. It was back in 1989 that the conversion from green field to cultivated delight began.
Walter has no formal gardening qualifications beyond his dedication to his craft and the blessings of a set of green fingers. The attendance, many of them returning to an event they have enjoyed before, arrived from as far away as Wexford and Carlow.