Paul Maher, recently retired Curator of the National Botanic Gardens will discuss gardening techniques and thrifty design principles to allow you enjoy your garden for many years to come.
Many of these design principles have been used in Altamont Gardens to great effect including structure, vistas, right plant in the right place, colour and working with the natural landscape rather than against it. Both young and old will learn a lot of from this very informative talk, delivered by one of Bloom’s longest and most distinguished judges.
Venue: Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow R93 N882
Time: 11 a.m.
For pre-booked lunches contact Sugar and Spice Café at Altamont Plant Sales T: 053-9376388 email@example.com or take-away tea, coffee, cakes and light snacks can be enjoyed on the day (limited outdoor dining spaces available).
Paul Maher originally from Tralee Co. Kerry, came to the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin to study in the College of Horticulture there. Having successfully completing the course he started his career in Trinity College Botanic Garden Dublin. After a short period there he joined the staff of the National Botanic Gardens in 1974. During a three-year career break in 1987 he concentrated on developing a garden design practice in the greater Dublin area.
He was a participant in one of the first Irish Garden Festivals in 1988 where he won the ‘The Most Marketable Garden Award’. After the end of his career break he returned to the National Botanic Gardens where he continued with the development of his career in a broad range of departments. He has established himself on the garden lecture circuit, which sees him visiting many parts of the country lecturing on various topics of horticulture. He has participated in plant collecting expeditions to China and Chile collecting on behalf of the National Botanic Gardens.
He has exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show with the Irish Garden Plant Society as the designer of two educational exhibits which both won Silver Gilt medals. Paul Maher has worked in the role of Curator of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland managing the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh and John F Kennedy Arboretum New Ross. He retired in 2019 and is currently creating a new garden in north Wexford.