Carlow Garden Festivals “Soil to Seed”- A Regenerative Organic Approach to Vegetable Growing with Colm O’Driscoll

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August 2, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

“Soil to Seed”- A Regenerative Organic Approach to Vegetable Growing 

In this talk, Colm delves into the area of regenerative organic vegetable production and shares the most environmentally sustainable approach to growing vegetables. Learn how to reduce your inputs, cut your labour and reap the rewards while enhancing the environment.  Unsurprisingly soil health is at the forefront of the talk with a particular focus on improving healthy soil which translates to healthy vegetables. Colm also gives an insight into his vegetable seed production experience and discusses the benefits of locally grown Irish seed. Drawing on over 10 years of vegetable growing experience in Airfield Estate and Lismore Castle, Colm shares a variety of recommendations for some of the tastiest vegetables he has grown. Concludes with a tour of the vegetable garden in Burtown.

Venue: Burtown House and Gardens, Athy Road, Co Kildare, R14 AE67.

Admission: €10.  House Tours: €10

Time: 11.00 a.m.

T: 059-862 3148   E:

The on-site Green Barn Restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday – Sunday serving the freshest possible seasonal produce that comes straight from the kitchen gardens, polytunnels and surrounding fields. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday. The ethos is on combining seasonal ingredients, using flavours, textures and colours. The Green Barn’s inspiring interior spaces are rustic and contemporary, with an amazing view of the kitchen garden, with different art exhibitions, large photos from the acclaimed Vanishing Ireland books, as well as sculptures from Zimbabwe and by Irish artists. Interior artefacts and antiques sourced specifically for the Green Barn are on sale in the shop. Also features Jo’s Pantry. Pre-booking is essential –

Carlow Gardens Festivals "Soil to Seed"- a regenerative organic approach to vegetable growing with Colm O Driscoll

Colm Driscolll


A dedicated exponent of organic horticulture and craft gardening, Kildare born Colm O Driscoll spearheaded the transformation of the gardens in Airfield Estate in Dundrum from part building site to one of Ireland’s must-see gardens. Recently Colm has started a new position as Head of Gardens in Lismore Castle Gardens.

A Graduate of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Colm has enjoyed a diverse career gaining experience in many sectors of the horticultural industry including, landscape, retail, nursery stock, and organic food production.  Colm strives to innovate and introduce new and exciting plants while adopting sustainable methodologies, an endeavour that is clearly seen in his regular contributions to The Irish Garden Magazine, and through his lectures and workshops. Colm has an insatiable appetite for all things horticulture and he can regularly be found indulging in a busman’s holiday visiting various gardens.


The Carlow Garden Festival is supported by Carlow County Council under the Festival and Events Scheme and by Fáilte Ireland.

Carlow Garden Festival supported by Carlow County Council

Carlow Garden Festival supported by Fáilte Ireland
Carlow Garden Festival supported by Ireland's Ancient East


August 2
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Burtown House and Gardens
Burtown House and Gardens
Athy, Co. Kildare R14 AE67
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