Nenagh’s flower girl Alice sets the tables at top restaurants

Alice Wallace among her flowers at Nenagh Country Market Nenagh.  Picture: Bridget Delaney
Green-fingered Alice Wallace came to the rescue of two of Ireland’s top restaurants at this year’s Electric Picnic with her floral displays.

Green-fingered Alice Wallace came to the rescue of two of Ireland’s top restaurants at this year’s Electric Picnic with her floral displays.

Alice, who is a member of Nenagh Country Market, where she has been selling her flowers for the past 20 years, got a call on the eve of the music festival in Stradbally from Peter Ward of Country Choice, who was at the event with Country Choice on Tour.

It seems in the run-up to the event someone forgot to order flowers for the Fine Dining tent where top eateries L’Ecrivain and Chapter One were charging E120 a head to sample their wares.

“I got a call from Peter Ward looking for eight bunches of flowers,” Alice told the Tipperary Star. “I just left them at his doorstep. I honestly didn’t know what they were for.”

Alice chose dahlias as the main flower in her displays that decorated the centre of the tables in the tent.

However, Alice who has one-acre under flowers at her home in Islandbawn on the old Dublin road, is no stranger to putting floral displays together.

“I do Christmas wreaths and table entres with candles for the Country Market, which I put together about two weeks before Christmas using fresh holly,” she said.

And while she doesn’t do floral arrangments for weddings, brides often call to her garden for their flowers, though she has put bouquets of sweepea together for wedding parties.

Alice has been growing flowers ever since she was a child, getting her love of the garden from her father.

“My father was a great gardener. He sent me out once when I was a child to weed and I think I removed everything in sight. I learned the hard way,” she revealed.

She plants all-year round so something is in bloom in each season.

And what is her favourite flower?

“The daffodil,” she replied. “It is always happy looking.”