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Distillery Garden

A social project creating a vibrant community botanical garden on the footsteps of Stillgarden Distillery, Dublin 8.

Distillery Garden

Hi all Gin lovers and Botanical Enthusiasts alike! This week has seen a real change in the weather, and for some this may prove to be a real drag. For the Stillgarden team it means the watering cans can be left in the store cupboard and we can begin to look forward to our first visitors to the distillery.

I have been in the garden a fair bit recently, it is such a buzz to see the plants, planted by our Social Botanists, starting to take hold and flourish. The rocket has well rocketed, the rhubarb has recovered, the mighty mint dominates.

Rocket plant in stillgarden distillery

Yes, that’s right we will finally be opening our doors and we can’t wait to host you lovely folk. The Distilling Academy will introduce you to the world of Science meets Nature, where you will be able to create your very own unique spirit. To book your experience check out the Distilling Academy page or for group bookings email bookings@stillgardendistillery.com

The social distancing rules that we are abiding by have made it necessary for the team, led by Pat and Viki, to tweak the experience slightly. Customer safety is so important and we have a few guidelines in place that we are confident will not diminish that experience.

Distilling Academy

Back to the garden!!! Lavender now greets you as you walk through the garden, with that wonderful smell that we are all so familiar with. I have planted Tuscan, English and French varieties to entice our bees to their vivid flowers. Anxiety, insomnia and depression can all be aided through the use of this wonderful plant, and it also makes a wonderful soap (which weirdly the singer from my band produces). Gardening really is the new Rock and roll!

Let’s hope the unsettled conditions don’t last too long in this typical Irish summer.

On a final note we have had several local residents donating plants help us fill up the generous space that we have. I will be inviting anyone who would like to spend a few hours planting and weeding over the next week (weather permitting!). If you would like to volunteer to give up some of your time to this wonderful space, please do not hesitate to contact the gang here by emailing us at info@stillgardendistillery.com

Once again, stay well, stay positive and most importantly…

Keep rockin!

Neal

Strawberry beds

A social project creating a vibrant community botanical garden right in Dublin city.

Hi everyone, I’m Neal from Stillgarden Distillery in Inchicore. I am also a member of this community so introducing this project to you is really inspiring. Firstly, I hope that you are all doing well in these challenging times.

Strawberry plant in community garden.

On a brighter note we recently started an initiative which you might find fantastically interesting.  We’re aiming to turn even the most inexperienced of gardeners into green fingered sultans of soil! Why? We want to embrace the community into our exciting new Stillgarden social project. 

I’ve been extremely busy working in the new garden at the entrance to the Goldenbridge Estate, turning a previously shabby approach to our new Distillery and visitors centre into a feast for the eyes.  

I’ve spent a number of enjoyable mornings removing bags of rubbish, including TV’s and fire extinguishers, and the overgrown shrub. Once removed it revealed the wonderful Camac River, meandering lazily beneath the newly planted top soil. 

Additional planting of apple trees, strawberries, wildflowers and Lucky fruit will enhance the area, and help in the pollination that we hope will be boosted with the arrival of our bee hives.

We’re also encouraging the growing of botanicals at home and our team has shown truly amazing results as the weather has been perfect for hydroponics. The Social Botanists have really thrived and anyone can join them! You don’t just have to take my word for it you can see the results for yourself on Instagram.

There will be an area in the garden for plants may have outgrown the hydroponic planters! Eventually the journey from ground to glass will be literally all of fifty feet…

I will be updating each week on the progress of the garden, and the fantastic work that you have all undertaken, so for now, stay safe, stay busy and most importantly, keep rockin….

Neal