Finola Reid promises an interesting and informative tour of Burtown House and Gardens exploring the delights of these beautiful surroundings while sharing her passion for planting.
Finola offers an interesting and informative tour of the gardens of Burtown. Have your notepad ready for some valuable advice and tips on different planting combinations to ensure your garden continues to look great all year round.
Venue: Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare R14 KF63
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: adults €10
House tours: €10
The Green Barn is open for tea, coffee, cakes and lunches (outdoors and indoors). Evening dinner available on Friday and Saturday. Pre-booking recommended.
Finola Reid is a well-known consultant specialising in conservation and restoration projects in historic gardens, walled garden complexes and demesnes throughout Ireland.
She trained in horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin and subsequently worked on the staff there before going into consultancy and garden design.
She was involved in radio and tv programmes for many years, has lectured on a wide range of horticultural and historical garden topics countrywide. Is a regular contributor to ‘The Irish Garden Magazine’ and other publications.
She worked from 1994-1002 as programme manager of the ERDF funded ‘Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme’. This unique scheme resulted in over 26 gardens and demesnes being conserved, restored and opened to visitors. Finola has also served on the Irish Garden Plant Society committee, a board member of the Heritage Council and several of its committees, Irish Architectural Archive, and the N. Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust.
She has been involved in many historic gardens and demesnes researching, preparing conservation reports and action plans, designing planting schemes and project managing. These sites include Killruddery, Ballyfin, Kylemore Abbey, Strokestown Park, Castlehyde, Hazelwood, Lissadell, Ducketts Grove, Ballyfin, Russborough, Emo Court, Annes Grove, Castletown House, Glenveagh Castle, Mount Bellew, Dowth Hall and for many private estates and gardens.
Burtown is the kind of garden that is close to her heart – a great place to visit and see good garden plants, and meet the gardeners.