Carl Wright, columnist with the Irish Garden, takes a look at how most gardens contain at least one section of woodland! The talk explains the actual meaning of the term and how the woodland ‘system’ works from the top canopy to the woodland floor.
An Irish based talk, it will include all aspects of a woodland eco-system, with sections on wildlife, native plants, lichens and fungi and a selection of garden worthy plants suitable for Irish woodland gardens.
Burtown House is one of two 17th century houses in Kildare to never have been sold, and the only house that you can visit, and have guided tours by family members. It is the only original Quaker House in Ireland that can be visited that is still lived in by the family that built it from this period. Enjoy a guided tour by family members.
Venue: Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare, R14 AE67 (exit 3 off M9 motorway)
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: €10 Pre-booking advised but not essential.
House tours €10. The Green Barn Restaurant and Shop is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, evening dinner available Saturday booking is essential.
Contact: 059 862 3865 / www.burtownhouse.ie
My obsession of nature and plants goes back to early childhood and it was inevitable that I should eventually choose to study ecology and countryside management. Although surrounded by gardening from an early age, it was only in 1999 when I bought a derelict cottage in The Burren, that I really started to take a stronger interest in it, to eventually become a ‘gardener’! With a few acres of woodland, scrub, a river, a lot of rock and no soil, I started to create a little garden around my newly acquired house. That ‘little’ garden gradually became an obsession too and slowly started to develop into a major project which led to a new interest in garden design and building.
From the beginning, I was determined to create a garden that was in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape that would include and respect the wildlife within it, while at the same time would also be a garden and plant collection of a diverse and varied range of plants. It was never intended to be anything more than my own private project but gradually became ‘noticed’, and eventually open for visitors.
It has now become an all absorbing ‘way of life’ and has featured in numerous magazines, and books worldwide. In 2018 a German magazine ranked it as one of the seven most creative gardens in Europe. I now give talks on various subjects all over Ireland and the UK and have a regular column in The Irish Garden Magazine.