In this hands-on workshop Fionnuala Fallon, Irish Times gardening correspondent explains the key principles of cut flower gardens from the best floral picks to plant, to caring and cutting tips.
There is nothing more pleasant than cutting flowers from your own garden allowing you to appreciate the scents and joy of your garden indoors as well as outdoors. Fortunately starting a cut flower garden is surprisingly easier than you think. Helpful advice will demonstrate how to have a year-round supply of flowers with spring, summer, autumn and winter choices while Fionnuala will also cover areas including growing flowers from seeds, planning ahead and adding variety. Fionnuala’s talk will be followed by a practical demonstration showing how to create a lovely flower arrangement to decorate your home, available to one lucky winner. Afterwards enjoy a walk through the delightful gardens at Huntington.
Venue: Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow Y21 K237
Time: 3 p.m.
House tours available hourly 2-5 p.m. Cost €10 per adult. Teas, coffee, cakes and light snacks from the on-site tea rooms and gift shop. To get the full Huntington experience stay the night in one of their beautiful castle rooms or self-catering lodges.
Contact: 053 937 7160 W:www.huntingtoncastle.com
Fionnuala Fallon is a National Botanic Gardens-trained horticulturist, author and Irish Times gardening columnist as well as a regular contributor to various gardening magazines including The Irish Garden. Together with her photographer husband Richard Johnston, she also runs a small, sustainably-managed cut-flower farm.