Alderborough Nursery

For many years Geashill Village had a very busy and thriving Nursery supplying flowers and particularly Anemones around the world. 

In 1870 William Reamsbottom married a Mary Moony of "The Doone", Athlone, Co Westmeath, whose mother had some Anemones of unknown origin but of very good quality. These 'St Brigid' Anemones were propagated within the Nursery in Geashill and sold commercially, becoming the only Anemones to have been awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The commercial flower Nursery in Geashill operated until the 1930s and provided full and casual employment to many people from the village itself and the surrounding areas.

A renewed interest in the Nursery and the 'St Brigid' Anemone followed a presentation to the Community on the subject by local historian Anne O'Rourke in 2016 and the subsequent sowing of a 'St Brigid' Anemone Bed by Tim & Anne O'Rourke in the Picnic are on the Portarlington approach road. 

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