Sunday 29th July 2018
Drawing from the challenges and triumphs she is facing in creating her impressive new garden in Dublin, Dillon offers a personal, intimate, and passionate account of the pleasures of gardening in small and sometimes difficult spaces. One of Ireland’s great gardeners and a firm favourite on the Carlow Garden Festival programme, Helen’s entertaining and witty style will appeal to both the novice and more experienced gardener.
Helen Dillon is an author, broadcaster and garden consultant. She has lectured many times in USA (27 different states), Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France and the UK and has travelled extensively in order to study plants in Nepal, Sikkim, China, South America, South Africa and New Zealand. In 1999 she was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in England and in 2003 the George Robert White Medal of Honour from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
In autumn 2004 she was made a distinguished counsellor to the Board of The New York Botanical Garden. In The garden at 45 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland was open to the public for 30 years.
She has written five books, of which Helen Dillon’s Garden Book published 2007, was Robin Lane Fox’s garden book of the year in the Financial Times (UK) and also number 1 on the Timber Press list in US. She has been a regular columnist for many different publication including the RHS Garden magazine. Helen has just moved to a new garden in Monkstown, Co. Dublin where he is much enjoying the new beginning.
Rathvilly Garden Centre is a family run business, operated by Dermot Byrne who prides himself on offering a comprehensive range of home-grown bedding plants and shrubs for the gardening enthusiast.
The garden centre features a range of bulbs, seeds, garden tools and a large selection of trees, shrubs, container pots, fruit trees, outdoor pots, moss peat, trellis and fencing. There is a strong emphasis on “growing your own” with a vegetable exhibition area. Trained and experienced staff will give advice on all gardening queries.