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Neal in community garden
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Neal in community garden

Summer is almost over and we’re prepping the community garden in Inchicore for the autumn!  All of the crew at Stillgarden have been keeping themselves busy with our all new, all singing and dancing drinks. The botanicals in the garden provided us with the much needed inspiration for our new spirits. The EIGHT:01 mint cocktail and Early Harvest Vodka with rhubarb. They are available from our online shop or to buy in person from our Distillery here in Inchicore.

Early Harvest Rhubarb from GardenCocktails From the garden

We have welcomed two new staff to the team over the past month, Luke and Dave, both of whom have vast experience in the drinks industry and are thoroughly decent spuds indeed, it’s great to have them on board.

Having returned from a holiday break, its back to the gardening gloves and pruning shears for me. Weeds are a relentless foe and the battle is real. I’ve been attacking an invasive chancer called ‘Lambsquarters’ that has been trying to take over the garden, but was no match for the first Cromags album in my earbuds, and the cavalier wielding of my trowel of destruction.

weeds in the garden

Last week, Luke accompanied a hardy bunch of our social Botanists on a foraging hunt around Blackhorse Park to seek out fruits and plants to be used in the distilling process. The driving rain didn’t discourage, and they returned after a few hours with bags full of wonderful ingredients and a few nettle stings. We will be continuing these trips over the next months and hope to see some more of you there.

In the next few weeks we will be preparing for the autumn and charting out the garden for next year. Autumn is the time to root, temperatures cool and top growth slows, ideal conditions for fruit trees and roses. I will keep an area specifically with our social botanists in mind.  I’ll fill the bare
areas with a perennial that will provide colour and coverage to these spots.

In music related news, the TV show ‘Mythbusters’ recently carried out a test on plants to see how they reacted to sound and if different genres had an effect. Sadly metal and punk don’t seem to increase germination or seeding more than pop music or jazz. It turns out that flowers are not music
snobs like myself, and respond to all sounds equally.

Anyway, as always, stay well, stay safe and most importantly keep rockin’.

Neal

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