Kyle is seeing pink before big race

Stephen Campbell with the floral display for the Giro d'Italia.

Stephen Campbell with the floral display for the Giro d'Italia.

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Waringstown horticulturist Kyle Geddis was seeing pink this week ahead of the Giro d’Italia.

Kyle has got the contract to bring a splash of colour to the Newry and Mourne district in anticipation of the big bike race which hits Northern Ireland this Friday.

Kyle (44) told the ‘MAIL’: “I’ve got 17 square metre planters, 50 half barrels and 40 railing pots ready to go on Thursday.

“I’m seeing pink at the minute,” he said.

The Waringstown man added: “It’s nice to get work at this time of year.

“Most of my planting is done in June so I didn’t have all the flowers I needed. I had to order in Senettis from Holland which I mixed in with my pink Verbena and pink Diascia.

“It’s a good wee lift at this time of the year.”

Kyle is the third generation of the Geddis family to run Hoophill nurseries after it was started up by Kyle’s grandfather.

It’s located on a 12 acre site in Waringstown with over three acres of greenhouses.

While Kyle is supplying the flowers for the Newry and Mourne leg of the race, his wife Kerri will is volunteering marshall at the race.

The Giro d’Italia will be taking place in Northern Ireland from Friday to Sunday. For more information go to

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