Frances MacDonald, with her husband, Iain, is joint owner of The Bay Garden in Camolin, Co. Wexford which is open to the public. She has been gardening for over 40 years, writes and talks about gardening and take gardeners on tours at home and abroad.
Frances promises an interesting and informative tour of Delta Sensory Gardens exploring the delights of these beautiful surroundings while sharing her passion for planting. Have your notepad ready for some valuable advice and tips on different planting combinations to ensure your garden continues to looks great all year round.
Venue: Delta Sensory Gardens and Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate, Carlow, R93 Y959
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: Adults €7, concessions €5, children free if accompanied by an adult. Pre-booking advised but not essential.
Tea, coffee, lunch and snacks available in the on-site restaurant.
Contact: 059 914 3527 / www.deltasensorygardens.com
Frances MacDonald has worked in gardening for over 40 years. She trained in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. After a spell in Japan, she worked in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Her husband, Iain runs a design and landscaping business and they open their garden – The Bay Garden – in Camolin, County Wexford to the public during the summer months.
She has worked as the series consultant on the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Planting Passions and she and Iain have featured in the Garden Heaven programme on RTÉ television. She has also been a judge for the Garden Heaven Show, the All Ireland National Garden Competition, Harrogate Flower Show, Hillsborough Show and Bloom. She has a monthly column in The Irish Garden magazine. She also lectures to clubs and organisations.
Frances is Garden Tours Manager with the Travel Department and organises and guides tours in Ireland, to the major horticultural shows and gardens in England, Madeira, Italy, France, Wales, Scotland, Japan, China, the United States and South Africa. www.thebaygarden.com