Carlow Garden Festival’s “Great Dixter – Past, Present and Future” with Fergus Garrett

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5th August 2023, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

“Great Dixter – Past, Present and Future” with Fergus Garrett.

Fergus, chosen by Gardens Illustrated as one of the 30 most influential living garden designers and horticultural educators in Britain, talks about the history of Great Dixter, the 15th century manor house and its restoration by the famous arts and crafts architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. In a wide ranging talk, he explores the influence of Nathaniel Lloyd on its infrastructure and design. His wife Daisy Lloyd, on the garden, which she softened with her semi-naturalistic style and their son, Christopher, who became one of the world’s greatest gardeners and garden writers. The design of the borders, the planting style, meadow gardening and the importance of a biodiverse garden will be discussed, including the experimental and creative aspects of each. Fergus also discusses the way forward for a sensitive historic garden and estate such as Great Dixter with reference to the setting up of The Great Dixter Charitable Trust to protect the legacy of the Lloyd family.

Fergus shares his memories of Christopher (Christo) Lloyd, their relationship, the way they worked together to develop Dixter, how they challenged and experimented with garden design, made decisions, and took the garden to another level.

Venue: Huntington Castle and Gardens Clonegal, Co.Carlow.Y21 K237.

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission: €19.50 Ticket includes admission to Huntington Castle Gardens.

Café: Tea room serves delicious cakes, speciality teas and coffees

Carlow Garden Festival 2023 at Huntington Castle

Fergus Garrett

Fergus Garrett

Appointed in 1993 as Head Gardener of Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd ,  Fergus continues to keep the garden constantly changing throughout the season  by trying out new plants and plant-combinations. Fergus believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student- and volunteer programmes at Dixter and through worldwide lectures he gives every year. Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants native to Turkey. Among other honours, Fergus was given the Royal Horticultural Society Associate of Honour in 2008 and in 2015, and the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practise of horticulture.

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


5th August 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Huntington Castle and Gardens
Clonegal, Co. Carlow Y21 K237
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