Airfield Urban Farm: Lambing Season
Venue: Airfield Farm, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14 (Take the Green Line Luas from St. Stephen’s Green to the Balally stop and follow the sign posts to Airfield Farm) Website: http://www.airfield.ie/index.html Price: €6/3 Date: Ongoing Time: Open seven days a week Monday to Sunday 10am – 5 pm
Spring has definitely arrived at Airfield with the birth of their baby lambs. The first ones arrived during the early hours of Monday, March 7th and since then the numbers are clocking up with some twins and triplets swelling the numbers. Mothers and lambs are all healthy and doing well. Airfield’s Red Barn has become a labour and ante-natal ward for the moment and the ewes have time to rest there and bond with their newborns. As soon as Farmer Eamon is happy that they are sturdy enough they will go out to join the others in the fields. It really lifts the spirits to see them frolicking happily together in the fresh air. Meanwhile, Airfield’s gardens are bursting into a blaze of colour with daffodils of all varieties in full bloom from the dainty little Rip Van Winkle to the beautifully scented Barrett- Browning. Spring bulbs will be around to lift our spirits and provide us with colour from now right through until May. The allotment area is having a big spring clean after the winter before the serious planting begins. The best time for planting your spuds is from St. Patrick’s Day onwards and seed potatoes are now on sale at Airfield’s gift shop along with a great range of seeds and gardening accessories. As always, Airfield is hosting a variety of music, artistic, gardening, sustainability and farming events open to the public. Below are some highlights:
Print Workshops: Make Your Own Botanical Print
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 10-1 pm (including 20 minute break)
35 Euro per workshop (includes all materials) booking is essential
These once off workshops will appeal to those interested in gardening and art. The morning begins with Airfield Head Gardener Emer O’Reilly who will lead the group on an exploratory walk and talk through the emerging spring garden. Having selected some natural materials, artist printmaker Louise Meade will guide you through an introductory printmaking session. Each participant leaves with their very own etching. It is a relaxed and stimulating workshop accessing two of Airfield’s unique resources – its garden and printing studio; suitable for complete beginners.
The Wednesday Garden tour
- 2pm each week
- Ticket included in entry fee to the walk
Experience the Spring garden as it bursts into bloom and meet Airfield’s Head Gardener for a relaxing afternoon tour, a practical demonstration or a talk on a gardening topic. Meet at the Glasshouse.
The Glasshouse and Melon House
Spring will see the opening of our Glasshouse and Melon house. Built just after the Overend family moved to Airfield in 1894, it has been lovingly restored to its former glory and will display tender plants that need that extra bit of protection under glass. The cacti and succulent collection beloved of Letitia Overend will once again be displayed in the Melon House.