County Carlow Gardening Events 2014:
FEBRUARY 1st February
Snowdrop Gala at Ballykeally Manor, Ballon, Co. Carlow A Galanthus Gala with lectures from Richard Hobbs "Tales about Snowdrops" and John Massey "Winter into Spring", a guided tour of Altamont Gardens with Head Gardener Paul Cutler and a Bulb Sale offering snowdrops from Avon Bulbs and Richard Hobbs, and hellebores from Ashwood Nurseries and Harvington. 9.30 a.m. Admission: €70 includes lectures, lunch, refreshments, bulb sale and guided tour. Early booking advisable. Hester Forde Robert Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Snowdrop Month at Burtown House, Athy, Co. Kildare Snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and early bulbs throughout the garden and woods signal the first signs of spring. The Gallery exhibition hosts "February Flowers" - an exhibition of mainly snowdrop paintings by different botanical artists, including resident artists Wendy Walsh and Lesley Fennell. The Gallery Cafe is open every day serving hearty organic lunches, as well as fresh homemade cakes, coffee, tea and other goodies. Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: Adults €6/Children €4
Other events scheduled throughout the year include botanical workshops, free garden tours, the first Saturday of every month at 12 noon, art workshops, herbalist workshops, bird and nature walks, musical events and cookery demonstrations.
10th - 16th February Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow An opportunity for the gardening enthusiast to view this unique collection, widely recognised as the second largest in Ireland with over 100 named varieties. Cafe Altamont, located in the Walled Garden serves hot drinks and delicious cakes. Altamont Plant Sales have a variety of snowdrops and early spring clubs for sale. Guided tours at 2 p.m. daily. Gardens 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. daily. Free admission for general viewing. Pre-booking for group tours requested. T: +353 (0)59 915 9444 W: www.opw.ie or www.carlowtourism.com
10th - 16th February Snowdrop Week at Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow Over 10,000 snowdrops have been planted for 2014. Huntington also features a woodland nature walk and a Children's Adventure Trail with a host of activities and obstacles for kids of all ages. Adventure Trail open from 12 p.m. daily. Admission: Gardens Adults ?5/Concs €4/Children ?2.50 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. T: +353 (0)53 937 7160 W: www.huntingtoncastle.com
MARCH 10th - 17th March. Daffodil Week at Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow Admission: Gardens Adults €5/Concs €4/Children €2.50 10 a.m. - dusk T: +353 (0)53 937 7160 W: www.huntingtoncastle.com
17th - 23th March. Daffodil Week at Delta Sensory Gardens Visit one of the most extensive collections of daffodils in the country with 10,000 flowers and numerous varieties on show. All proceeds to Cancer Care. Open: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Admission: Adults €5 / Concs €4 / Children free accompanied by an adult T :+ 353 (0)59 914 3527 W: www.deltacentre.org
29th March Let's Get Gardening at Delta Sensory Gardens A light hearted talk on gardening in Spring by renowned gardener Deborah Begley from Terra Nova Gardens, Dromin, Co Limerick. Admission: Adults €5 / Concs €4 / Children free accompanied by an adult T: + 353 (0)59 914 3527 W: www.deltacentre.org
APRIL 18th - 21st April Easter Weekend at Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow Admission: Gardens Adults €5/Concs €4/Children €2.50 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. T: +353 (0)53 937 7160 W: www.huntingtoncastle.com
MAY Bluebells at Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow House tours every weekend. Gardens open May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. Admission: Gardens: Adults €5/Concs €4/Children €2.50 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. House and gardens: Adults €8/Concs €6/Children €4 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (last tour 5 p.m.) T: +353 (0)53 937 7160 W: www.huntingtoncastle.com
11th May Summer Sale & Family Fun Day at Delta Sensory Gardens, Strawhall Estate, Carlow Town Fantastic selection of summer bedding, shrubs and hanging baskets or your own filled on request. Face painting and treasure trail in gardens. 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Admission: free. T: + 353 (0)59 914 3527 W: www.deltacentre.org
JUNE - AUGUST June – August Summer at Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow House & Gardens open every day (includes Carlow Garden Festival and Heritage Week) Admission: Gardens: Adults €5/Concs €4/Children €2.50 10a.m.- 6 p.m. House and gardens: Adults €8/Concs €6/Children €4 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (last tour 5 p.m.) T: +353 (0)53 937 7160 W: www.huntingtoncastle.com
23rd - 27th June Rose Week at Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow This event aims to showcase the magnificent variety, colour patterns and scents of the significant rose collection. From the beautiful pinks of "Rosa Heritage" to the two tone apricot hues of "Rosa Just Joey", this is an opportunity not to be missed. Guided tours will be conducted daily at 2 p.m. Valuable advice on rose maintenance will also be provided as part of the tour. Gardens open daily 9 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. Free admission for general viewing. Pre-booking for group tours requested. T: +353 (0)59 915 9444 W: www.opw.ie or www.carlowtourism.com
25th July – 4th August 2014 Carlow Garden Festival:
The 2014 programme boasts our best ever line-up of garden personalities. Carol Klein of BBC "Gardeners' World" will open the festival at a very special event on July 25th. Over 11 days, you will encounter an array of garden experts set amidst the magnificent gardens of Carlow. This year's panel includes Helen Dillon (world renowned plants woman and festival favourite), Robin Lane Fox (Financial Times Garden Columnist), Fionnuala Fallon (Irish Times Garden Correspondent), Matthew Jebb (Director of the National Botanic Gardens), Seamus O'Brien (Curator of the National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh), Paul Martin (Gold Medal winner Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), June Blake (June Blake's Garden in Wicklow) and Dick Warner (environmentalist and broadcaster). T: + 353 (0) 59 9130411 W: www.carlowgardentrail.com
DECEMBER 6th - 21st December Delta Christmas Fair and Lighting Display, Delta Sensory Gardens, Strawhall Estate, Carlow Delta hosts its very popular Christmas Craft Fair and Lights Display featuring a Nativity Scene, Santa Grotto and 12 days of Christmas competition. Come along and enjoy the huge range of traditional gifts, decorations, folk craft and much more. Light lunches, tea/coffee and cakes served each day, with full traditional Christmas lunch on Sunday December 7th (booking essential). Open: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. T: + 353 (0) 59 9143527 W: www.deltacentre.org
OPEN all year round, The Carlow Garden Trail currently features 16 different gardening attractions with an additional two gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford. The trail includes great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time. Award winning garden centres and forest parks complement the joy of a visit here. The Carlow Garden Trail ranges from small to very large gardens, garden centres and forest parks and from old to new, so there is something to stimulate both the novice and experienced gardener. Known for its mild and temperate climate, County Carlow in Ireland's sunny South East is the ideal destination for your gardening trip.
Identifiable road signs make the Carlow Garden Trail an easy-to-follow tour through one of the most beautiful inland counties of Ireland offering a unique insight into the plants and plants people that make each premises so individual. The trail can be driven in a day if so desired but naturally we encourage you to relax and enjoy the remarkable beauty of these gardens, garden centres and forest parks at a more leisurely pace.
Situated in the South East of Ireland, approximately 90kms from the ferry and airports of Dublin, Rosslare and Waterford, Carlow is the ideal location for a gardening break. Its central location also offers the perfect base to explore the bordering counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois.
Further details from Carlow Tourism: Tel:+353 (0)59-9130411 www.carlowtourism.com