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SOLAS Garden Centre in Portarlington: Things to Do this Bank Holiday Weekend

With dry weather expected this bank holiday weekend, there’s no better place to enjoy the outdoors than at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre in Portarlington. They’re gearing up for the gardening season with exciting events and fantastic sales throughout their extensive range.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening at SOLAS this weekend:

Learn the ancient art of crafting a St. Brigid’s Cross from reeds, with all materials provided. It’s the perfect activity for families and individuals to while away a couple of hours.

SOLAS Garden Centre is a haven of inspiration, designed to reignite your passion for gardening. Explore their newly installed antiques stand or discover unique Irish treasures at the popular Irish Collectables Stand, overseen by historian and collector Brian Woods.

On Saturday, don’t miss the return of the SOLAS Farmers Market, offering a chance to savour delicious local produce, from organic meats to handmade cakes.

Looking ahead to February, mark your calendars: On Sunday, February 11th, SOLAS will host a vintage and Craft Market, adorned with Valentine’s Day charm. Dive into a curated selection of vintage finds and handmade crafts, perfect for discovering that one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift.

Later in February, the ever-popular Car Boot Sale makes its return on Sunday, February 18th. It’s an excellent opportunity to declutter your house, empty the shed, and explore the attic for hidden treasures. To reserve your spot at the next car boot sale, contact George via email at events@thegardenshop.ie

Upcoming Events


St. Brigid’s cross workshop 12 – 1pm

€10 – Book Online. Learn the ancient art of creating a St Brigid’s Cross from reeds. All material supplied

Book here:  https://www.thegardenshop.ie/st-brigids-cross-weaving/


SOLAS Garden Festival.

This will be the first year of the SOLAS garden festival and plans are underway for an action packed weekend of events, deals, guest speakers, garden demonstrations, plant swaps, food stalls and events and fun for kids. Lots more to follow over the coming weeks

Contact Georgina 0830452810 for more details
For more on events see here:  https://ecogardenshop.ie/events/

Farmers’ Market Saturday 11am – 4pm

Our famers market will return on Saturday. We will have all your favourites including local meat, organic vegetables, delicious hand made cakes, fresh bread, honey and fish

Craft Markets

Our craft markets will return on February 11th 2024

If you wish to join our market you can email George events@thegardenshop.ie

Food @ SOLAS

When you want something sweet and can’t decide we got you covered: our hot Belgian waffles, perfect for any time of the day, breakfast, brunch, or lunch… have them your way: honeycomb ice cream, in house made fruit compote or maple syrup. Available all day, every day.

Waffles at Solas

Don’t forget to check our full breakfast menu, from full Irish, breakfast bap, vegetarian Egg Florentine to Porridge made with Merry Mill’s gluten free oats and served with chia seeds and in house made fruit compote.

Product of the Week @ SOLAS

Propagators create the ideal growing conditions & help maintain humidity, with adjustable vents that allow the necessary air circulation. Suitable for growing more tender and difficult to grow seeds,  growing warm climate & exotic plants from seed, all types of seeds & seedlings and also great for cuttings too.

We also have our heated Big 3 is designed to Maintain Compost at 19°C

Sales continuing throughout February with seed Potatoes and FLORUS RAISED BEDS discounted at 20%.

SOLAS are also offering 30% off their popular range of timber raised beds and Premium Polytunnel Greenhouse.

Get 40 % off plant fertiliser including tomato feed and seaweed Fertiliser and a massive 50% off 84 Cell Plug Tray (1 Pack).

Plant of the Week @ SOLAS

Camellias are evergreen; come in a wide range of varieties with simple through to frilly, full blooms. Flowering late winter to early spring, Camellias can grow up to 20m, however they can be easily contained in pots.

Require ericaceous (acid) soil in a shady position. To make the most of the flowers, protect from wind.

SOLAS Weather

This coming bank holiday weekend is set to be a dry one. Friday to Monday show overcast days. With day time temperatures reaching 9 to 11 degrees. So maybe we are past the worst of the winter freeze and time to start planning our gardening year!

Solas Weather this bank holiday weekend

Join us for a special weekend at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre, situated in Portarlington, Co. Laois R32 RPX8. We extend a warm invitation to visit us daily from 10 am to 6 pm. We can’t wait to welcome you!

SEE ALSO – Check out the Solas Eco Garden Centre website here