The Gathering Garden

A Spring Gathering Garden at Canada Blooms

Parklane Nurseries and Tourism Ireland extends a warm Irish welcome to The Spring Gathering Garden at this year’s Canada Blooms, a lush green landscape designed to bring the beauty of Ireland’s culture, history and scenery to life. 

Venturing through a cliff wall into an intimate 'Gathering' space visitors reconnect with the magic of people and nature. Experience the mystery of standing stones, dolmens and turloughes all set amongst misty green mounds encapsulating the splendor of The Emerald Isle in spring.

Visit 'The Gathering' Garden and meet our special guests who can help you learn more about visiting Ireland this year.

Who is at The Gathering Garden

South East Ireland

The Forever Happening South East of Ireland comprises the five counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. It is often called the hidden treasure of Ireland, with an evocative patchwork of fertile valleys and plains contrasted by extended beaches and rugged coastlines. Down through the centuries the Celts, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans have landed and passed through these valleys, leaving behind a landscape rich in history.

Countless castles, abbeys, fortresses and ancient settlements remain to mark their passage - Large rivers criss-cross the area, meandering under old stone bridges, around magical mountains, through picturesque villages and past neatly thatched cottages before finally entering the sea at scenic and peaceful seaside towns.

The region not only boasts old favourites such as Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny Castle and Rock of Cashel, but also the Dunbrody Emigration Centre, Irish National Heritage Park, Kilkenny’s Medieval Miles and Waterford’s Viking Triangles.

Click here to plan your stay in the South East of Ireland.


B+B Ireland

B&B Ireland has over forty years experience in the promotion of bed and breakfast properties in Ireland. We believe in our product and are proud to represent over nine hundred B&Bs throughout Ireland in urban, coastal, farm and countryside locations. Guests will enjoy comfortable surroundings, wonderful hearty home-cooked breakfasts and the opportunity to see inside an Irish home and meet the locals – your hosts.

The Welcome – guests staying in all our homes are greeted by their host on arrival. They are offered hospitality in the form of a cup of tea or coffee and home-baking. Their host will take time to enquire about their trip and offer tips, advice and assistance with their plans during their stay.

A B&B stay allows you to connect with the real Irish people and experience Irish family life.


The National Trust

The National Trust offers visitors the opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the most amazing gardens, historic houses, industrial heritage sites and open spaces across Northern Ireland.

There is something to suit all interests and ages, from Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway with its new state of the art visitor centre, to historic mansions such as Castle Coole, one of the finest neo-classical houses in Ireland. For those who love to be inspired by colour, designs and floral scents then the National Trust gardens are certainly worth a visit! 

Two gardens not to be missed are Mount Stewart House and Gardens, which was created by Edith, Lady Londonderry in the 1920’s and is recognised as one of the finest gardens in Europe and Rowallane Garden, a 52 acre garden which is renowned for its amazing collection of Rhododendron and unique range of planting.

Trevor Edwards Celebrity Gardener

Celebrity gardener Trevor Edwards is a recognised authority on the creation of integrated garden designs to include tree and shrub boarders, driveways, patios, and ponds to mention a few.

Trevor has been privileged to have been commissioned to design & manage many interesting and varied private and commercial Garden projects. In April 2002 he was engaged as designer and project manager for contract in England’s beautiful Lake District. Over a period of 6 years he has worked to restore the grounds of a 35acre historic demesne in County Down dating back to 1760.

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The Gathering 2013

About The Gathering Ireland 2013

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a year-long celebration of all things Irish – its people, its unique culture, heritage and rich history! It is about the people of Ireland throwing open their arms and inviting anyone who feels a connection to Ireland to come and visit in 2013.

Over 3,000 Events, in every shape and size will be organised by local people throughout 2013, stretching across the island. There will be large festivals such as the St. Patrick’s Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Cork Jazz Festival and a brand new show from the makers of Riverdance! There will also be clan reunions, food festivals, arts and music festivals, a Redhead Convention and a left-hander Gathering.

Parklane Nurseries

About Anna Van Maris, Designer & President @ Parklane Nurseries

Anna often says she grew up in a garden center. Between the ages of 4 and 15 Anna’s back yard was the Parklane retail garden center on Finch Avenue. She boasts that she was able to read blue prints by the time she was 8 years old and her super power is to draw the perfect inch. Anna attempted to pursue a career in environmental studies attending University of Waterloo 1980-1981 but the lure of residential landscape proved to be too enticing for her. More suited to healing the earth “one garden at a time” Anna refocused her education and graduated from Humber College Landscape Technology program in 1983.  Anna’s creative inspiration, like that of her father, is heavily influenced by mother nature and all natural landscapes.  

Anna Van Maris has been blogging about the making of The Gathering Spring Garden – check it out exclusively on

Royal Irish Tours

About Royal Irish Tours

Royal Irish tours is Canada’s leading tour operator to Ireland. Offering  deluxe and  first class coach tour program encompassing all  of Ireland, as well as a wide selection of driving holidays, car rental, chauffeur touring, cottage rental and hotel, manor and castle accommodation.

Contact Details

13311 Yonge Street, Suite 201, Ontario, Canada, Richmond Hill, L4E 3L6, Ontario

Tel: +1 905 7736773 Fax: +1 905 7736710 E-Mail: