Hi there, Connor here. I’m delighted to share that I’ve been promoted from Social Botanist and Friendly Neighbourhood Forager to the new Gardener in Residence here at Stillgarden. It’s been great to have more time to get involved with the Community Garden, get my hands covered in soil and meet some new social botanists so our delicious botanicals can flourish.
Our Community Garden in Inchicore, Dublin 8 is filled with different species of cultivated and wild flowers, herbs and trees and is visited by a variety of pollinators and wildlife daily. Since we celebrated National Biodiversity Week last week, I thought I’d share with you what you can expect to see when you visit Stillgarden Distillery.
The top of the garden by Tyrconnell Road remains a wildflower haven, making sure that there is plenty of choice for our pollinators beyond what we humans like in our drinks. Creeping Buttercup is a pretty flower, but unfortunately has an invasive root system that likes to dominate the more delicate roots of herbs. It is still important for pollination, so up here is where it can plantspread. Our Calendula, otherwise known as marigolds, are in sunny bloom, recognisable as large daisies that look like they’ve been stained orange. They’re surrounded by a delicate bed of Speedwell, which are small blue flowers from the Veronica genus. They make quite the couple.
We also have plenty of wild mustard, flowering brassicas and dandelion. Dandelion is often seen as a weed, but in addition to its roots being great for a yummy, caffeine-free coffee replacement, pollinators love the flowers too! Blowing the seeds away from a dandelion clock grants wishes (allegedly) and those tasty roots also greatly improve soil quality. What a team player!
In addition to providing a habitat for botanicals to grow in a former area of wasteland in Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, we also work with Clever Honey Ireland to provide a safe home for bees on the distillery’s rooftop. We have introduced the native black honey bee to the distillery grounds and love having them on site to help naturally pollinate the local area and our garden.
As a few of us were working away in the garden over the weekend, we were visited by a mason bee, a solitary but efficient pollinator. Along with bumblebees, hoverflies, our native black honey bee residents, and of course our social botanists, we have quite the team of pollinators hard at work. Now’s the perfect time to visit our garden as we begin to plant what has been cultivated at home by our social botanists. Book your Garden Session now if you would like a guided garden tour along with a refreshing Stillgarden libation on our terrace afterward.
If you have anything you’d like to contribute to our garden, we’d be delighted to have you growing with us (and so will those happy bees)!
Your new Gardener in Residence,