Carlow Garden Festival’s Robin Lane Fox “Beauty & Biodiversity” at Borris House & Gardens

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3rd August 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Beauty & Biodiversity” at Borris House

Should gardening change and somehow; ‘return to nature’? At London’s big Chelsea Show there has been a new emphasis on sustainable  gardening and the use of eco-friendly native ’plants’ and yet the award for the Best in Show went to a big exhibit  which is unsustainable for British gardens and the very opposite of no-mow  gardening. Robin Lane Fox explores the contradictions here and the way in which people, an invasive species, react to them, whether visitors to his garden or professors and students in the big Oxford college gardens he runs. His mission statement is beauty,  biodiversity and a global haven, aims which are best served by the craft of gardening, not by double- think and hypocrisy about [re]wilding garden spaces and declaring war on every chemical and every hybrid plant.

Venue: Borris House & Gardens and Woodland, Borris, Co. Carlow, R95 Y2T1.

Time: 12 noon.

Admission: €12. includes admission to Lace Garden. For details of House Tours visit Craft garden and lace garden on-site.

T: 059-9771884


Carlow Garden Festival's Robert lane Fox "Beauty & Diversity" at Borris House

Robin Lane Fox


Robin Lane Fox has written weekly on gardening for the Financial Times since 1970. He is an Emeritus Fellow of New College Oxford where he is Garden Fellow and runs the gardens. He also gardens in the Cotswold’s in his own two- acre garden. His new book is Homer and His iIiad, out in July from Allen Lane-Penguin at £25 ,addressing one of the three H’s in his life, Homer, hunting and 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


3rd August 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Borris House Gardens and Woodlands
Borris House & Gardens
Borris, Co. Carlow R95 K237
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