Irish Primroses Go Global
Kennedy Irish Primroses are one of the newest and most exciting plants to be released in Ireland in recent years. The plants have gone from strength to strength since Joe Kennedy, an amateur primrose breeder, teamed up with Pat Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Nurseries. Since then Joe’s collection of stunningly beautiful primroses have gone into mass production and they can now be bought globally.
The primroses embody all the best qualities of traditional native primroses that are commonly seen along country lanes in Ireland. Many of the primroses have been collected and bred by Joe from varieties which date back to the 19th century. The primroses have gained great international recognition since their launch in 2011. The flowers have featured on the Martha Stewart show and have gained great interest in American newspapers in recent weeks. This has been great for not only the work of Pat and Joe but for Irish plant breeders as well and has shown the high standards of Irish plant breeding.
President Obama will be presented with an Irish primrose, named after his Irish ancestral village Moneygall on the 17th of March, St Patrick’s Day. This is a great moment for the Irish growers who are gaining international attention for their work with this historic event, happening on an important day for Irish people. This is not the first time the Obamas have gotten a gift of Kennedy Irish Primroses. In 2011 the First Lady was presented with a basket of the primrose variety Drumcliff. Drumcliff, with its pale yellow flowers and dark leaves, is one of my particular favourites from the collection. Although I must admit my favourite does change each time a new variety appears on the market as the next is always better than the last!