Sunday 29th July 2018
Patthana Gardens have been described by experts as one of the best small gardens in the country. Patthana is a small village garden set on many levels consisting of a lower courtyard area with a wildlife pond and upper garden consisting of mixed borders with many unusual plants.
Join Shirley Lanigan, the noted Irish author as she talks about the changing world of open Irish gardens, with reference to the growth of interest in things organic and responsible and will take parts of the garden as illustration.
If you are passionate about growing plants you cannot miss this wonderful tour where visitors will be amazed by the flamboyant perennials and striking foliage which create an opulent display of summer colour.
With a background in journalism and art, Shirley Lanigan has been writing about gardens and garden visiting in Ireland for almost twenty years. She is passionate about Irish gardens and their gardeners and has spent years criss-crossing the island visiting every open garden she can find, interviewing the people who made and work them.
The results of these travels are four books on Irish gardens and the people who created and care for them. She is currently bracing herself to begin work on a fifth.
She has also contributed to The Good Garden Guide in the UK and is a longtime regular contributer to The Irish Garden. She writes for several national and local newspapers as well as reporting on all things horticultural.
Situated in Kiltegan village, Patthana is one of the best small secret gardens in the country. It is the garden of an artist, the painter T.J. Maher, and it shows.
Standing outside the old granite house, one gets no indication at all of the magical courtyard garden that lies behind the wooden gates. There are so many distractions here. Each time one looks in a certain direction something unnoticed only a little while before becomes apparent.
“Patthana is a garden I wish I had created.” – The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland by Shirley Lanigan.