” The Allure of Herbs” with Shirley Lanigan.
This workshop covers the sowing, propagation, cuttings, caring and harvesting of herbs that can be grown in Ireland. In an informative talk Shirley provides demonstrations on each of the aspects as well as helpful hints on the use of herbs in cooking.
Consisting of a series of interconnecting herbal gardens, Kilgraney features a large kitchen garden, a tea walk, a medicinal monastic herb garden and a garden of aromatic and fragrant herbs. Herbs are big here and Kilgraney is the perfect place to learn more about the use of herbs in food and cooking.
Venue: Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens, Borris Road, Kilgraney, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. R21 W527
Time: 1st session at 3 p.m., 2nd session at 5.30 p.m.
Biography – Shirley Lanigan
Shirley Lanigan has been writing about Irish gardens for two decades in books and magazines, continuously criss-crossing the island, visiting and re-visiting every large and small, old and new, public and private garden she can find. She lives and loves Irish gardens. Travelling like this puts her in the enviable position of constantly meeting with, and learning from, hundreds of enthusiastic amateur gardeners and growers, as well as with professionals and experts of long standing and international renown.
After twenty years of enjoyable nosing about, she has become more and more interested in how our gardens are evolving in the face of a fast changing and worrying world. Shirley is a regular columnist with the Irish Garden magazine and has published a number of books on Irish gardens: The O’Brien Guide to Irish Gardens (2001), The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland (2011) and The Open Gardens of Ireland (2017). With a background in art, she has a keen interest in the use of art in gardens and believes that gardens made by artists are particularly fascinating. The artist’s eye adds an extra, magical and often indefinable dimension to a garden, making them the most rewarding places to visit and explore.