Our story

Ballyseedy plants site, artisans of home & design

Our story

Artisans of Home & Garden

How it all began

In 1988, Dermot Kerins (Bernie’s uncle) who ran Fernhurst Nurseries on the outskirts of Kenmare town, was looking to expand his plant nursery to Tralee.

A keen gardener and plant enthusiast, Dermot specialised in introducing various heather varieties into Ireland. He opened Fernhurst Nurseries in 1989 and three years later sold the business to Bernie.

Renamed ‘Ballyseedy Garden Centre’ a new chapter had begun for the McDonnell family. After years of hard work and passion for the industry, a beautiful new shop was created in 2007 known to locals as the ‘Crystal Palace’.

Fast forward to 2020, and the next generation of the McDonnell family, Abigail, Nathan, Naomi, Ruth and Salome support with the running, development and vision of the business.

Ballyseedy raheen cafe

Award-winning cafés in Tralee, Limerick and Cork

Established in 1992, Ballyseedy Home & Garden has remained focused on providing a best in class service. Our flagship store is nestled in the heart of Co. Kerry just a few minutes outside Tralee.

Ballyseedy is one of Munster’s most sophisticated home and lifestyle destinations that offer customers expert gardening advice, premium quality plants, and garden essentials.

Ballyseedy welcomes a spacious retail outlet for shopping and a seated indoor and outdoor café.

The Group also operate three additional cafés in partnership with Dairygold, located in Raheen, Co. Limerick and most recently, Midleton and Carrigaline in Co. Cork.

Ballyseedy are proud to have won numerous awards, including best café in Kerry and Retail Excellence Top 100 Stores in Ireland.

'Meals on Wheels' for 10,000 Kerrymen during the pandemic

Ballyseedy offered their kitchen to Meals on Wheels when the Café closed its doors due to the pandemic earlier in 2020.

The Tralee branch of SVP were overwhelmed by the requests for food during the pandemic, so saw an opportunity to help out by we handing the full use of our facility to the amazing team at ‘Meals on Wheels’.

Almost 10,000 meals were produced onsite from mid-March with the help and support from so many wonderful people. Meals on Wheels is a local and national program that delivers meals to people at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own food.