Although only 6 years old, our Orchard is taking beautiful shape with approximately 350 fruit trees (nearly 300 of which have been sponsored by friends of the Garden). It's a tranquil, very special area of the garden, tended by garden members. We concentrate our planting on unusual varieties - mainly apple, pear and plum but we also have almond, cherry, gage and peaches. We have also been planting the UCD Native Irish Heritage Variety Apple Collection which is now nearly complete and will be one of only 4 collections in the country.
However heritage variety trees are expensive to source and maintain and in order to give the Orchard a helping hand, we have been running a successful tree sponsorship scheme. We also have trees available for sponsorship in the front section of the garden (on the main walkway down towards the pond) and in the kitchen garden (against the walls).
Each sponsored tree costs €50 and has a discreet aluminium marker which notes the tree variety, the person who it has been sponsored for and a short commemoration message. The cost covers a heritage variety tree, compost, stakes, ties, the ongoing care of the tree and the cost of the markers (which have been sourced from a traditional botanical plant tag supplier). Once money has cleared, a Sponsorship Certificate will be issued by post.
Sponsorship trees make great presents for Christenings, Birthdays and Christmas. We also have lots of trees that have been bought in memory of individuals who have passed away. However where this is the case please note that memorabilia, ornaments, bouquets or other items cannot be left at the trees and the aluminium markers cannot be individualised or enlarged in any way. The area is first and foremost a heritage orchard and not a memorial garden. We think this adds to the beauty and charm of the plot, it's an informal, peaceful place where nature comes first.
If you'd like to sponsor a tree you can do so by filling in the online form below and paying through PayPal.