MARIE Haverty among the dazzling dahlias in the tunnel on the flower farm plot. Photos: Ray Ryan

Skehana in bloom

Farming flowers in the village of the Whitethorn

AN IDEA to grow vegetables for the family evolved into a fledgling flower farm business that is supplying a local shop and has catered for its first wedding.

Marie Haverty is a native of Tyrone, but she is firmly rooted in the community of Skehana where she lives with husband John and their young children.

Her father-in-law PJ got a request to plough a piece of land. He thought the couple were going to grow potatoes or something else, but then he realised something much more colourful was being planned.

When The Tuam Herald visited, the polytunnels were heaving with a bounty of bright blooms while hardier cottage flowers swayed in a gentle summer breeze in outdoor beds.

“We started out in 2021 and this is probably our second proper year doing it, although we’re still learning a lot,” explained Marie…

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