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May 2018

Teddy Bears Picnic at Rathwood

May 26, 9:00 am - August 25, 5:00 pm
Rathwood, Rath
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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It’s back and bigger than ever! Join us on the Teddy bear picnic for a day you won’t forget. Go on an adventure with Goldilocks and the three bears and visit the teddy bear factory where you will create your very own bear with Goldilocks and her friends.

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June 2018

Summer Sunday

June 24
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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Fantastic selection of activities, including face painting, treasure trail and more. Lunch, tea/coffee and snacks available from the on-site café. Summer bedding, shrubs and hanging baskets available from the garden centre. Further details closer to the event on facebook and at www.deltasensorygardens.com

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July 2018

Bare in the Woods

July 6 - July 7
Borris House Gardens and Woodlands, Borris, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Bare 2018 takes place in the magical Borris House Estate with the Blackstairs Mountains as a backdrop and the River Barrow flowing beside it’s beautiful woodland and gardens.

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Water Garden Masterclass

July 7
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Water Garden Masterclass Saturday 7th July 2018 Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e: info@arboretum.ie w: www.arboretum.ie GPS: 52.742832, -6.975890

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Carlow Garden Festival 2018

July 27 - August 6
County Carlow, Ireland + Google Map

This year the Carlow Garden Festival continues over 11 days and promises a busy programme offering a variety of gardening workshops and talks set to inspire every level of gardener. The 2018 programme features an appealing mix of world-class UK gardeners including Chris Beardshaw, Carol Klein and Fergus Garrett combined with the very best of Irish garden broadcasters, writers and new trailblazers in Irish horticulture.

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Free

Wildtime – Woodland Fun and Forest School – Leighlinbridge – the Garden Village

July 27, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Woodland Fun and Forest School, Leighlinbridge Co. Carlow Ireland + Google Map

This nature walk will be along the River Barrow, Leighlinbridge. Participants will be enjoy the surrounding nature and explore the wonders it brings. The group will collect items along the way and create natural crafts at the end of the walk.

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Sarah Price and Alan Gray at Arboretum

July 27, 7:30 pm
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Sarah believes in plant-driven design. She is developing a visual vocabulary using plants; their shapes, forms and patterns to compose her designs. Through an overview of past and current work she will give real examples and show how her design processes work.

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€5

Leonie Cornelius at Huntington Castle and Gardens

July 28, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Have you ever wondered what it takes to Design a Dream Garden? This talk by award winning garden designer and interior architect Leonie Cornelius takes you on a journey from concept to completion and gives a unique insight into the design steps needed to achieve a truly special and personalized space.

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Helen Dillon at Rathwood

July 29, 12:00 pm
Rathwood, Rath
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Often described as the undisputed queen of Irish gardening, Helen Dillon is a legendary plantswoman, international lecturer, author and creator of the world famous Dillon Garden. Having moved house in 2016 Helen speaks about setting up a new garden at her new home, bringing new challenges and new opportunities. Helen will offer a personal reflection on the pleasing aspects of good garden design and the joys of establishing her new garden.

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Helen Dillon at Rathvilly Garden Centre

July 29, 2:30 pm
Rathvilly Garden Centre, Baltinglass Road
Rathvilly, Co. Carlow Ireland
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Drawing from the challenges and triumphs she is facing in creating her impressive new garden in Dublin, Dillon offers a personal, intimate, and passionate account of the pleasures of gardening in small and sometimes difficult spaces. One of Ireland's great gardeners and a firm favourite on the Carlow Garden Festival programme, Helen's entertaining and witty style will appeal to both the novice and more experienced gardener. 

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€5

Shirley Lanigan at Patthana Gardens, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

July 29, 5:30 pm
Patthana Gardens, Kiltegan Co. Wicklow Ireland + Google Map

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.

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Delta Sensory Gardens as part of the Carlow Garden Festival

July 30
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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Two talks to take place in the Delta Sensory Gardens, first talk to be held on Monday July 30th by John Anderson, Head Gardener at Windsor and Savill Gardens and the second talk to place on Monday August 6th by Elma Fenton.

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Free – €7

John Anderson at Delta Sensory Gardens

July 30, 12:00 pm
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Castle and Savill Gardens promises an interesting and informative talk looking over his career from Mount Usher to Inverewe, Exbury and now the gardens of Windsor Great Park. This talk will highlight what plants and gardens have influenced John’s passion for gardening and look at which of these plants can be found at the beautiful Delta Sensory Gardens.

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Fionnuala Fallon at the Meadows

July 30, 3:00 pm
The Meadows Garden, No.7 the Meadows
Myshall, Co. Carlow
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It is fitting that the exceptionally talented Fionnuala Fallon, Irish Times gardening correspondent, leads this tour around the garden of the great artist and painter Philippa Bayliss.

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Free

Cormac Downey at Altamont Gardens

July 31, 11:00 am
Altamont Gardens,

This walking tour of Altamont Gardens is led by Cormac Downey, OPW Tree Officer. This tour promises to be an exciting journey through a historic setting with its fine plant collections, Robinsonian style landscapes, man-made lake and specifically the ancient oak woodland and will take in other magnificent specimens of trees to be found at Altamont Gardens.

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€10

Stephen Anderton at Hardymount Gardens

July 31, 3:00 pm
Hardymount Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow + Google Map

What makes a great gardener? Stephen Anderton looks at the lives of men and women, past and present, who have made great gardens admired throughout the world. What drives them to work in this deliciously frustrating medium where every element is growing or dying? Which gardeners were not only passionate plant-lovers but also nurserymen, painters, novelists, soldiers, architects, engineers, politicians, philosophers and fashionistas? Which gardeners - rarest or the rare - can design and structure and layout of a garden as well as the detail of the planting? Some of the names you will know, some will be a wonderful surprise. Afterwards take a stroll around the stunning walled garden of Hardymount. A very memorable afternoon is promised!

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August 2018

Charles Dowding at Shankill Castle

August 1, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Shankill Castle and Gardens, Paulstown Co. Kilkenny Ireland + Google Map

Charles’ talk explains the principles of a no dig approach, so that listeners can go home to apply the method, in whatever way suits their site and materials to hand. He shows how to clear weeds by mulching on top, without any soil disturbance and shows different composts and how to make your own. He explains how mulches of organic matter work to feed soil life, so that the billions of organisms can help plant roots find their food, air and moisture. Charles illustrates many different vegetables, show methods of planting and pest protection, and methods of propagation.

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€8

Jimi Blake at Burtown House and Gardens

August 1, 3:00 pm
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

Join Jimi Blake, owner of Hunting Brook Gardens and one of the most acclaimed & accomplished contemporary gardeners of his time as he speaks about his garden through the seasons at Hunting Brook Gardens, Blessington, Co Wicklow, acknowledged as one of Ireland's most dynamic, interesting and innovative gardens. Widely covered in the gardening press the garden has become a mecca for gardeners and hosts visitors from around the world every year.

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€5

Seamus O’Brien at Borris House

August 2, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Borris House Gardens and Woodlands, Borris, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Borris demesne is a fine example of how a formal Baroque landscape has evolved over centuries into the impressive parkland setting visable today. Seamus O’Brien, manager of National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh in Co. Wicklow, will offer his unique insight into this mature estate with its many specimen trees, original Stew Pond and 18th century Ice House.

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€10

Fiann Ó Nualláin at Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens

August 2, 3:00 pm
Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens, Borris Rd
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
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Fiann Ó Nualláin is a long-time proponent of gardening for health and wellbeing. A horticultural therapist by profession and a community gardening advocate for over two decades.  He is the author of several bestselling gardening and health books. A regular on Tv3’s Ireland AM to chat about foods and herbs for physical wellbeing and illness management.  

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€17 – €30

Adam Frost at Visual

August 2, 8:00 pm
Visual, Old Dublin Road
Carlow,
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In his talk about ‘A Life in Gardening’, Adam Frost will tell the story of his journey from a young boy uprooted from the city to live in North Devon, to an award-winning garden designer and television presenter.

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The Carlow Garden Festival at Altamont Plant Sales, The Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens

August 3
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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With talks by Chris Beardshaw, renowned designer, plantsman, broadcaster, speaker and author and Fergus Garret, Head Gardener at Great Dixter

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€35

Chris Beardshaw and Fergus Garrett at Altamont Plant Sales

August 3, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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A celebrated Designer, Plantsman and Broadcaster Chris Beardshaw has clocked up over 30 years’ experience in the horticultural world. Known for his BBC television and radio work Chris is also a well-loved speaker and lecturer and is the author of 4 books.

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Assumpta Broomfield at Burtown House and Gardens

August 4, 11:30 am
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

Burtown House is one of two 17th century houses in Kildare to never have been sold, and the only house that you can visit, and have guided tours by family members. It is the only original Quaker house in Ireland that can be visited that is still lived in by the family that built it from this period.

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Dermot O’Neill at Huntington Castle

August 4, 3:30 pm
Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Dermot O’ Neill, with us each year by popular demand since the start of the Carlow Garden Festival back in 2002, visits Huntington Castle for a garden tour taking in the many delights of this attraction, from the 17th century parterres to the ancient Yew Walk, the “Wilderness” woodland, the kitchen gardens, the Greenhouse and the recently restored Rose Gardens.

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Carol Klein at Duckett’s Grove

August 5, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Kneestown, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Did you ever think of your garden as a series of natural habitats? Carol looks to Nature identifying six situations, Woodland, Hedgerow, Meadow, Seaside, Moor and Mountain and Wetlands to seek inspiration for plants that will be happy in our own gardens.

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Elma Fenton at Delta Sensory Gardens

August 6, 12:00 pm
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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Elma Fenton, renowned Irish and international ecological landscape architect and garden designer promises an interesting and informative tour of the Delta Sensory Gardens. Elma designed the beautiful “Circle of Life” at Delta Sensory Gardens and will impart some of the thoughts behind this. Explore the delights of these beautiful surroundings where Elma shares her passion and knowledge of plants and garden design. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to rest and indulge their senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and visual delight at this wonderful garden tour.

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September 2018

Burtown – Through the Artist’s Eye

September 12 - December 1
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

To be opened by Suzanne McGougald, Trustee of the National Gallery, and late owner of the Solomon Gallery in Dublin. This is the third exhibition started by Seamus O' Brien, OPW Kilmacurragh in which invited artists paint from a different garden every two years.

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Autumn Bulb Masterclass

September 15
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Autumn Bulb Masterclass Saturday 15th September 2018 Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e: info@arboretum.ie w: www.arboretum.ie GPS: 52.742832, -6.975890

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Planning for autumn at Altamont Plant Sales

September 29
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Planning for autumn at Altamont Plant Sales September 29 With Fionnuala Fallon, Horticulturist, garden writer, fower farmer and garden designer.

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October 2018

Houseplants Masterclass

October 13
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Houseplants Masterclass Saturday 13th October 2018 Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e: info@arboretum.ie w: www.arboretum.ie GPS: 52.742832, -6.975890

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Halloween Festival

October 27
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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This special festival guarantees lots of wicked and wonderful things that will make you jump in the gardens including Halloween games, ghosts, ghouls and much more. Prize for best costume of the day

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Halloween at Huntington Castle

October 27 - October 31
Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Halloween at Huntington Castle October 27 - October 31 A Halloween Spookfest at a genuine haunted castle! Features a ghostly guided tour with ghosts, ghouls and…

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November 2018

Cut Loose Pruning Masterclass

November 3, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Cut Loose Pruning Masterclass Saturday 3rd November 2018 Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e: info@arboretum.ie w: www.arboretum.ie GPS: 52.742832, -6.975890

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Christmas at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven

November 15 - December 24

Christmas at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven November 15 - December 24 For a complete festive day out this Christmas, head to Arboretum Home and Garden…

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Rathwood Christmas Santa Train

November 17 - December 24
Rathwood, Rath
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Ireland’s most popular Santa Experience. Many generations, from young to old, have enjoyed this magical visit to Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves over the years. A fun filled hour of entertainment, storytelling, train ride, magical forest walk and presents for the children.

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December 2018

Christmas at Huntington Castle

December 1 - December 16
Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Christmas at Huntington Castle December 1 - December 16 Weekends in December 1st/2nd, 8th/9th and 15th/16th - the castle and tea rooms will open for unique…

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Duckett’s Grove Christmas Food and Craft Fair

December 2
Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Kneestown, Co. Carlow + Google Map

On Sunday December 3rd the historic surroundings of Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Estate will be transformed into Carlow’s very own Winter Wonderland when it hosts its ever popular Christmas Food and Craft Fair.

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Delta Centre, Christmas Craft Fair

December 7 - December 21
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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Delta Centre, Christmas Craft Fair December 7 - December 21 Delta hosts its very popular Christmas Wonderland. Enjoy a huge range of traditional gifts, decorations, folk…

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