One of the many benefits of having a garden as beautiful as the one here at Rothe House is that every now and then you get to show it off in the form of a garden party or two.

Plant Sale and Garden Party

Mary Pyke (Head Gardener) and Valerie O’Sullivan (General Manager). Photo: Vicky Comerford

On May 20th this year, we held one of our best-attended Plant Sales and Garden Parties to-date. A fundraiser to contribute towards the cost of purchasing a new green house, well over 200 people turned up to buy a plant or just enjoy the entertainment. The energetic and talented Lady Desart Choir had everyone singing along as they performed everything from Queen to A Star is Born, and Bonnie Tyler to Eurythmics!

Keeping everyone topped up with ice-cream was the task of the delicious Rockfield Ice Cream, who provided a vintage cart and kept the 99s flowing all afternoon.

On face-painting duties, we had the artist that is Áine of Fantasy Face Art. She ensured that every child transformed into whatever creature they requested – the garden was full of little tigers, butterflies, and woodland creatures by the end of the day!

Most importantly, more than 600 plants sold and Head Gardener, Mary Pyke, is now a huge step closer to getting a new green house for our oasis here at the centre of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.

Kilkenny Archaeological Society Garden Party

On June 24th, the Kilkenny Archaeological Society held their annual garden party, which is always the highlight of the society’s summer activities.

Food and drink were prepared and served by the members themselves, with strawberries and cream, cakes, buns, and dainty sandwiches enjoyed by the large crowd in attendance.

Members travelled from near and far to be a part of the occasion and catch-up with old friends, as well as to see for themselves the spectacular garden with its vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

The opportunity was also taken to distribute copies of the freshly-printed 2022 Old Kilkenny Review to the members gathered.

If you would like to become a member of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, click here, or find out about booking Rothe House and Garden for your own event here.