Ayrlies Plant Fair
Ayrlies Plant Fair – Held 19 & 20 March 2021
A huge and warm thank you to everyone involved in this years Ayrlies Plant Fair 2021, a bumper event that continues to grow with 1500 visitors this year. We could not have done it without your wonderful support, beautiful plants and commitment to making the days great. It was especially rewarding to see so many visitors walking the Garden and Wetlands in true March sunshine, returning through the Lych Gate, arms and bags laden with plant purchases!
The event would not be possible without the help of 26 volunteers that make the two days hum. Compliments were well-received by the musicians and the fabulous sandwich servers of the pop-up Cafe. A big thank you to all these generous individuals.
The plant fair is Ayrlies major fundraising event that enables a substantial project in either the Garden or Wetlands to be realised and executed. Funds raised this year will contribute to a major renovation of the Log Pond, the middle pond in the Garden. For the first time in 50 years, water levels will be lowered, sludge and debris removed, with a new pump, pipe works and a log restored to raise it to its former glory. A white clematis will soon cover the log gently cascading into the water below, bringing much happiness to 90-year-old Bev McConnell, the creator of Ayrlies. We do hope you can see it on your next visit to Ayrlies.
Lastly, we received a lovely thank you note from a Plant Fair visitor, that we had to share with you, as it so perfectly encapsulates the purpose of the day.
Thank you. We had such a lovely morning with you today. It is so nice to have some of the very best plants people showing their wares. I think what we enjoyed the most was how generous people were in sharing their knowledge and their love of gardening.
Wonderful to see Bev enjoying the fruits of her labours with the support of a wonderful family and dedicated staff. A wonderful contribution to that most important COVID task of remembering what is really important and celebrating our relationship with the planet.