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Garden Blog April 2014

April showers! And wind. And frost. And fog. But April days are getting longer – just in time as it’s getting very busy in the walled garden.

Ensuring the soil is healthy and fertile is a priority and so the entire garden has had a liberal sprinkling of well-rotted manure. As well as adding nitrogen, the manure increases the soil’s organic matter and keeps the gardener’s biceps in shape!

50 Years of memories at Ballymaloe

To celebrate our 50th birthday we are inviting guests and ex-staff who have photos or memories of their time at Ballymaloe over the years to share them with us.

It would be great to hear about the time you were here, what you did during your stay, funny stories, who you were here with, etc.

Each week we will share the photos and stories on Facebook and our website.

There will be a prize of Dinner for Two at Ballymaloe for the best photo or story.

Mother's Day at Ballymaloe

Not sure what to get for your mother for Mother’s Day? A Ballymaloe Gift Voucher may be the answer.

Vouchers can be tailored to cover a wide range of special treats:

A Relaxing Getaway

Treat your mother to a relaxing few days away to completely unwind at Ballymaloe. Have breakfast in bed, read a book by the fire, take walks through the woods and gardens or book a massage with Eilish our masseuse. Accommodation and breakfast rates start at €95 per night per person sharing. To book click here.

Pat Scott Paintings leave Ballymaloe for the IMMA, Dublin

The Deserted Race Course and Killiney Bay From A Railway Carriage are now included in the exhibition of Pat Scott's work at the IMMA in Dublin. This is the first time Killiney Bay has left Ballymaloe since Ivan Allen bought it from Pat Scott in the 60's. It is one of our favourites from the art collection at Ballymaloe House.

We were very saddened to hear of Pat Scott’s recent passing and send our condolences to his family.

Event Deatils

The Garden Galley
Irish Museum for Modern Art
Dublin
16 Feb - 18 May

Ballymaloe House Hotel celebrates 50 years of Business

This year Ballymaloe House is delighted to be celebrating 50 years in business. In June of 1964, Myrtle Allen first opened the Yeats Room at Ballymaloe, offering guests the opportunity to ‘Dine in an Irish Country House’.

Christmas Day at Ballymaloe

Every year Ballymaloe closes for a few days over Christmas when the house returns to a family home and this year we had a record number of 64 family and friends for Christmas dinner.

Myrtle gives everyone a job - cooking, waitressing, making pre dinner cocktails, washing up, organising games etc.

This year Cully got the very important roll as head chef! But with several very will qualified sous chefs (including Darina) and a cocktail or two to keep things festive, it was one of the more enjoyable jobs.

Busy times in the Walled Garden!

November in the Ballymaloe walled garden and it's still very busy. We're busy harvesting for the kitchen - brussels sprouts, beetroot, leeks and swedes. The recent frost has improved the taste of the curly kale and cavolo nero by reducing some of the bitterness. And of course, we're still picking winter lettuce and the glasshouse has plenty of salad leaves - orientals, New Zealand spinach, claytonia and rocket.

Beautiful Romanesco

This week we will pick the first of our beautiful Romanesco from the Ballymaloe Garden. It is a very impressive looking Vegetable from the Brassica Oleracea Species. It grows in a logarithmic Spiral and has a delicate nutty flavour. Look out for it on the menu

The ethos of Ballymaloe in front of me

Runner Beans, Heritage Tomatoes, perfectly formed Cabbages are a few of the many delights we have in the Ballymaloe garden at the moment.

Everyday when I walk through the Garden I can see the ethos of Ballymaloe in front of me. Growing & serving the Best Vegetables to inspire us and create a menu full of our own seasonal produce.

Keeping up with the abundance of produce and doing it justice is a challenge in itself. What a fantastic way to cook

Gillian

Ballymaloe pop up wine shop

We are delighted to have recently opened a pop up wine shop in Brown Thomas Cork, to showcase a selection of wines from the award winning Ballymaloe wine cellar. Continuing the innovative tradition started by the late Mr Ivan Allen, when he started the Ballymaloe wine cellar almost 50 year ago, along with Jim Whelan, and the work by his grandson, Sacha Whelan. We are delighted to offer the Ballymaloe wine experience in Brown Thomas Cork, with a team from Ballymaloe, including Daphne, Nicola, Colm, and Fionn.

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