Airfield Estate, Dublin. Presents: The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2021 in association with Bord Bia


Sunday 11th July 2021 from 9 am – 5 pm

  • Discounted entry fee €6 at the gate, no pre-booking required
  • The event will be run by Airfield Estate under current COVID guidelines for outdoor activities

    Philip Doyle

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It’s the height of summer and the gardens throughout the country are in full bloom. Airfield Estate, is delighted to be hosting the 2021 Rare & Special Plant Fair for the second time in association with Bord Bia. The rescheduled plant fair will take place on Sunday 11th July 2021 from 9 am – 5 pm.

Over 40 specialist nurseries and associated businesses will be in Airfield Estate giving visitors the opportunity to purchase from an array of rare and unusual plants, advice on care and planting and much more.

Entry to the fair is at a discounted rate of €6 per person and you can only pay on arrival to Airfield Estate (no pre booking available).

The Rare & Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of Bord Bia, to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit.

The fair is an annual event and over the years has grown in stature and reputation with the fair being hosted in some of Ireland’s most notable and beautiful private gardens, and more recently in public and state gardens of note.

In addition to this The Rare and Special Plant Fair offers the chance to visit some of the finest gardens Ireland has to offer. With past venues including Russborough House in Wicklow, Fancroft Millhouse Gardens in Roscrea and Farmleigh in Phoenix Park, this year’s venue, Airfield Estate, is now added to a list of the country’s most notable and beautiful gardens. Make the most of your visit by enjoying a wonderful summer day out exploring Airfield’s ornamental and food gardens, lovingly tended to and cultivated by an expert team of gardeners Headed up by Colm O’Driscoll. Visitors on the day can also experience Dublin’s only working farm open to the public, display garage of vintage cars, and Overends Kitchen.

The event will be run by Airfield Estate under current COVID guidelines for outdoor activities.    For more details please visit here

Airfield Estate is set across 38-acres in the heart of Dundrum, in the Dublin suburbs, a charitable trust gifted to the people of Ireland by the Overend family in 1974. While widely recognised as a beautiful urban farm and food destination for family and friends, the core mission of Airfield is to inspire and enable people to make food choices that are better for their health, their wealth and the environment.

Airfield is a 100% independent charitable trust, a non-partisan organisation committed to promoting, enabling and advocating for positive social change through food education, research, development and investment. Airfield works extensively with other charities, organisations, local communities, food and agri-industries, schools, universities, institutions and many others.

Any surplus that Airfield Estate generates throughout the year from visitor entry fees, membership, seasonal experiences, festivals and other social events are reinvested in the development and execution of Airfield’s many education programmes and initiatives, such as DEIS School Breakfast Clubs, optimum nutrition work with charities and the provision of practical and accessible food education for disadvantaged families.

Airfield works with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and UCD on post-doctoral research into consumer food behaviours and attitudes, and the impacts of ‘green marketing’ and food marketing in general on young people and adults. Airfield also provides food related education for thousands of schoolteachers each year. Airfield participates in people empowerment programmes such as up skill and employment initiatives with WALK and mental health programmes with the HSE, amongst many more. Airfield is not simply a beautiful place with a remarkable history and an on-site commitment to food education and sustainable practices, it is a social and charitable hub that invests in people and communities far beyond the boundary walls of the Estate.