Inistioge Planting Guide


When she visited Inistioge in May 2018, Dr Fiona McGowan gave suggestions for each bed of plants in the public areas of the village. It was a great opportunity for the village to avail of such expertise. Our thanks to Fiona and to the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council who sponsored the work. All plants are pollinator-friendly but specific plants are recommended to do well in the different conditions e.g wet or dry.

Read or download the list by clicking here 

All the lists are meant to provide guidance not just for 2018 but on into the future as more funds or even cuttings from local gardens become available! 

Please Note: the lists aren’t necessarily meant to be confined to the flowerbed described. All the species listed are good for biodiversity and can be used in other flowerbeds or parts of the town e.g. your garden! Therefore, we want to share them with all our gardeners.  

Dr Fiona MacGowan, a Consulting Ecologist based in Co. Laois has been working both professionally and voluntarily in the area of scientific habitat and wildlife assessments and environmental impact surveys for over fifteen years. Dr MacGowan has worked both in the public and private sector on projects such as: the evaluation of proposed designated sites; preparing management plans for designated sites; the restoration and management of peatland habitats; baseline ecological surveys and ecological assessments of various developments. In the voluntary sector she is currently acting as a scientific advisor to the community-run Abbeyleix Bog Project and together with her husband Dr Mark McCorry is the Vice-County Recorder of the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) for Co. Laois.


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