Join Neil Porteous, head gardener at Mount Stewart, Co. Down on a walk through Corona North’s unique creation, Altamont. This ‘Robinsonian’ garden looks fabulous in late July and has a great variety of interesting plants from mighty sequoiadendrons and scented roses, down to an unusual array of herbaceous plants and bulbs.
On this tour, Neil will share how a professional gardener manages such a wide variety of plants which help to evoke the moods a garden like Altamont presents.
Neil also explores succession throughout the year and how to ensure there is colour and interest for as long a season as possible.
Venue: Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow, R93 N882
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: FREE + car park fee of €2 applies. Pre-booking advised but not essential.
Contact: 059 915 9444 / www.heritageireland.ie
Head of Gardens, Mount Stewart, Co. Down and Garden Consultant, Anne’s Grove, Co. Cork.
Holding a BSc Hons in Landscape Management and an MA in Garden History, Neil is the Head Gardener at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland as well as being a garden adviser to the National Trust and is regularly consulted on garden projects through the island of Ireland. He has had a strong interest in introducing a new range of plants to the gardens at Mount Stewart, plants experienced on his world-wide travels. He has been gardening for 39 years and loves his work – he believes that he could never do anything else. Horticulture is a boundless subject and he is always learning.
He has worked in many gardens, both great and obscure, private and public. In his current role as Head Gardener at Mount Stewart he pushes himself to think differently, (like the garden creator, Lady Londonderry), and he looks outwards for new plants, new techniques and new ideas. At Anne’s Grove, he acts as a surrogate Head Gardener, helping the garden restoration and working with a small team to clear and re-plant this, the most magical of Irish gardens.