Time: 7.30 p.m. Venue: Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow. Admission: €24.50.
Tickets available from Carlow Tourism t: 059-9130411, Delta Sensory Gardens t: 059-9143527 or Altamont Plant Sales t: 087-9822135. All major debit and credit cards accepted.
Special accommodation rate: Woodford Dolmen Hotel 25th July - €50 p.p.s. B&B. €70 single room B&B. €70 Dinner, Bed & Breakfast p.p.s.
GPS: 52.813953, -6.951482
Life in a Cottage Garden
Carol Klein will chronicle a year in her own Glebe Cottage Garden in Devon, as seen in the book and series "Life in a Cottage Garden", followed by a chance to pick her brains with Q&A's. Join Carol and members of the Carlow Garden Trail to launch the 2014 Carlow Garden Festival at this very special event. The Organisers are delighted to welcome Carol Klein to the Carlow Garden Festival for the first time. Carol is the popular presenter of Gardeners' World and Open Gardens and author of many bookings including the bestselling "Grow Your Own Veg" and "Wild Flower: Nature's Own to Garden Grown".
About Carol Klein
Over the last fifteen years Carol Klein has become a familiar face to gardening viewers. She has featured on (almost) every Gardeners' World programme since 2005. She has also presented two award-winning six-part series, 'Grow Your Own Veg' and 'Life in a Cottage Garden' as well as covering most of the RHS Flower Shows during this period. She has presented numerous 'Specials' for Gardeners' World too, many of them featuring Glebe Cottage, on a variety of gardening related subjects from 'Scent', 'Colour', 'Women in Gardening' to 'The Science of Gardening' and 'Plant Addicts'.
Life and career
For thirty years Carol has run a plant nursery, exhibiting at more than 200 RHS Shows winning many gold medals, six of which were at The Chelsea Flower Show. Her stands and her aesthetic style have become synonymous with innovative, naturalistic gardening.
Over the last thirty three years she has built a garden at Glebe Cottage that has often been the subject of articles in the gardening press and the location for gardening programmes.
She is a prolific author and has written numerous books including 'Grow Your Own Veg' which sold more than a quarter of a million copies and was named 'best-selling gardening book' for two years running; she writes regularly in the gardening press and for national newspapers.
Carol gardens organically, for her it's all about having faith in nature and natural processes and enjoying the privilege of gardening.
Carlow Garden Festival 2014:
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).
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