Our Timeline (1968-Present).
Martin Tully graduating from The National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Also in the picture - The Late John Fanning - Hidden from view Lecturer Aidan Brady (RIP) who later became Director - Dr. T.J Walsh (RIP) Director - Principal Lecturer Seamus Conroy also a Galway man.
Classmates L to R Donal McCarty, John Cleary, Matt Lohan, of Woodstock Nursery, Jim Cowman, Rosalie O'Sullivan, Seamus Conroy, Dominick Madden. Missing - Dolores Guinan and Andrew Patterson.
Martin Tully's first job, working for Cantwell Nurseries Knocklyon Rd Templeogue. All plants produced then were sold as bare root, the planting season was from November - April. The other months of the year were for sowing lawns. This was the original Cantwells' Nurseries Catalogue. The Directors were Frank Cantwell and Jim Kenny.
2(b) The inside page stating the terms of the business, how different it is today !!!
2(c) This page of the catalogue shows a range of plants produced - Trees, shrubs, conifers, climbers and roses. Perennials were not as popular then as they are today.
Martins copy of last payment as an employee of Dublin County Council now Fingal CC and South Dublin CC.
The start of it all!
While building their home at the front of the nursery, Martin and Joan hired a caravan for the summer. This picture also shows a new rotavator - Potted trees in the background...
Maybe a first for Ireland? Their first new car, a Morris 1100 reg 5734 Z which Joan and Martin purchased in Virginia, Co.Cavan.
Installing the roof on the present office, Martin Tully with his great friend John Divine. It still serves its purpose today!
The nurseries very first catalogue produced, in Spring 86.
The covering letter for the first catalogue.
The original entrance to the nursery.
The original Tully Landscapes Depot, the layout was to facilitate the production of plants for their Landscaping business.
In 1973 when Martin Tully started his Landscape contracting business his first customer was with Sorohan Builders who hailed from Leitrim, for a Show House in Malahide. After 45 years they are still his customer with great respect between both.
They were always regarded as leaders in the business. This picture was taken in 1988 of a Showhouse in Leopardstown, showing its top spec finish.
Phillip Teeling from Lusk who worked at Tully Nurseries for 30 Years and Johnny Clarke (Castlewellan - Co. Down) busy preparing the area which is now the Shade Hall - They did not have any peers!
Opening new frontiers, this picture shows Helen Halligan (Corduff) and Hugh Weldon (Rush) in blissful sunshine.
Further expansion to the nursery in progress.
Landscape contractor of the year - Overall winner of the Bord na Mona sponsored Bog Oak Trophy.
L to R Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI) President Peter O'Brien (Industry Legend), Joe O'Flaherty, Jimmy Flynn, Mary Harney (Junior Minister for the Environment) and Noel O'Flaherty.
Flynn & O'Flaherty Builders constructed the development. To this day they are still very loyal customers.
Peter O'Brien, Martin Tully (With Bog Oak Trophy) and Junior Minister Harney.
Martin and Joan talking with Sean and Marie Flannery (Flannery Nurseries). Also in the picture from the left Joe O'Flaherty, Kitty O'Brien and John Suttle in the background.
Work in progress to extend the sales area unit.
Tully Nurseries winner of The Irish Fertilizer Industries/Irish Farmers Journal/Teagasc National Development Farmer Special Award. From L-R Paddy Gleeson Teagasc Nursery Advisor, Martin Tully, Joan Tully receiving the award from Dr. Michael Woods - Junior Minister for Agriculture.
Martin Tully's business took him outside of Ireland. He landscaped the Irish Stand at the World Food fair in Paris and Cologne for a number of years. In addition he completed work at Earl Court in London. This picture shows a section of the Irish stand in Cologne. Martin's brother Brendan Tully (RIP) and fellow loyal employee Kevin Kelly (White jumper) are included here.
This picture was also taken at the World Food Fair Cologne and displays a water feature as part of the Irish Presentation.
Lar Lynch (Douglas - Cork) and Susan Moore (Ballough - Lusk) pictured here at the Kildare Show. They made a great contribution to the early development of Tully Nurseries.
On the left of this picture Padraig Tully - Tully Nurseries MD, helping to install the sign to the new entrance.
At The Chelsea Flower Show Joan, Martin, Diarmuid Gavin and Niamh Tully. Diarmuid is a great ambassador to the Horticulture/Landscape Industry.
Our Trade Tunnel opened in 2021