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February 2018

Snowdrop Month at Burtown House

February 3 - February 28
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

Snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and early bulbs throughout the garden and woods signal the first signs of spring. The Gallery exhibition hosts “February Flowers” - an exhibition of mainly snowdrop paintings by different botanical artists, including Wendy Walsh and Lesley Fennell. The Green Barn Restaurant

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Carlow Family Explorer Challenge

February 13, 8:00 am - March 31, 5:00 pm
Family Explorer

Carlow Family Explorer Challenge February 13, 8:00 am - March 31, 5:00 pm This is a perfect time of year to get your family outdoors into…

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March 2018

Plant a Tree for Your Space – Tree Week at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven

March 10
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Plant a Tree for Your Space - Tree Week at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven Saturday 10th March 2018  Location Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge,…

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Easter Fun Train at Rathwood

March 17, 9:00 am - March 18, 5:00 pm
Rathwood, Rath
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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The Easter Train leaves the Rathwood Courtyard daily and heads to the woods where the Easter Bunny has a secret mission: to deliver a basket of Easter eggs to a very special person. But the Bunny’s mission might not be as easy to accomplish as originally planned

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Daffodil Weekend at the Delta Sensory Gardens

March 23, 9:00 am - March 25, 5:00 pm
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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Visit one of the most extensive collections of daffodils in the country with over 10,000 flowers and numerous varieties on display. Delicious selection of refreshments, pastries, snacks, cakes and lunches available throughout the day

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Grow Your Own Herbs and Weber Launch

March 24
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Grow Your Own Herbs and Weber Launch Saturday 24th March 2018  Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e: info@arboretum.ie w: www.arboretum.ie…

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Easter Arrangements for your Home at Altamont Plant Sales

March 24, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Altamont Gardens,

The wonderfully talented Marie O’Leary gives a demonstration on how to create an array of beautiful Easter and early spring floral arrangements and decorations for your home. €10 for attendance including morning coffee and be in with a chance to win Marie’s arrangement on the day with raffle tickets at €5. Altamont Plant Sales will also be stocking flower arranging basics to help you create your own stunning arrangements at home. Places are limited so booking is recommended.

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Secret Fairies and Dinosaurs Garden

March 26, 9:00 am - April 6, 5:00 pm
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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dinosaur

Secret Fairies and Dinosaurs Garden Monday 26th March – Friday 6th April 2018 Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e: info@arboretum.ie…

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Easter Tree with Easter Egg Decorating

March 31, 8:00 am - April 2, 5:00 pm
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Easter Tree with Easter Egg Decorating

Easter Tree with Easter Egg Decorating Saturday 31st March – Monday 2nd April 2018 Location: Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow t: 059-9721558 e:…

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Easter at Huntington Castle

March 31, 9:00 am - April 2, 5:00 pm
Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow + Google Map

The perfect location for an Easter Egg and Bunny Rabbit Treasure Hunt. Each child receives a basket and a set of clues... they then have to find the golden nuggets and win a chocolate surprise at the end! There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the new little lambs and enjoy the adventure playground.

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The Wonder of Woodlanders at Altamont Plant Sales

March 31, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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The wonder of woodland plants is explored with talks by Jimi Blake of Hunting Brook Gardens and Mike Keep of Shady Plants. Jimi Blake, stellar plants man, gardener and visionary creator of Hunting Brook Gardens brings us on a comprehensive journey through the vast array of flowers and foliage in the Hunting Brook Woodland Gardens. Mike Keep gives a talk on the history of ferns and their uses in traditional and modern gardens. Tickets cost €25 including morning coffee, complimentary buffet lunch, talks and priority admission to a rare plant sale. Places are limited for this event so booking is recommended.

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Easter Extravaganza at Delta Sensory Gardens

March 31, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre, Strawhall Estate
Carlow, Co. Carlow
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Easter Extravaganza at Delta Sensory Gardens March 31, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Join Mr Hop – the Easter Bunny and his friends for some egg-citing…

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April 2018

Principles of Garden Design

April 7
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Principles of Garden Design Saturday 7th April 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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Cinderella

April 14, 9:00 am - May 12, 5:00 pm
Rathwood, Rath
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Help Cinderella find her shoe in time for the tea party at Rathwood. Together with Cinderella, visitors will hop aboard the Rathwood Express Train down to the woodland where they will meet the fairy godmother and feed her geese. During the slipper decorating workshop each child will be able to design their own slipper to bring home. There will also be an afternoon tea party fit for a princess, with Rathwood home-baked treats, a selection of finger sandwiches and yummy hot chocolate.

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An Introduction to Garden Design at Altamont Plant Sales

April 14, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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This course provides a valuable introduction to garden design and is aimed at providing the participant with the tools to enable them to design their own dream garden. It covers all aspects of the design process including analysing your garden, surveying it, gathering inspiration on how you want it to look, drawing up a garden design plan and the implementation of your design. Delivered by Ingrid Smyth MGLDA, Dip, Hor. and PMP Project Manager.

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May 2018

A Celebration of Early Summer at Altamont Plant Sales

May 12
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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With talks by Hester Forde of Coosheen Gardens and Carmel Duignan, Garden Writer and plants person. Tickets €25 including morning coffee, complimentary buffet lunch, talks and priority admission to plant sales area

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Rare and Special Plant Fair in association with Bord Bia

May 13
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

Burtown House and Gardens hosts the rare and special plant fair, in association with Bord Bia. Features over 40 specialist stands of rare and unusual plants with expert advice from growers.

Exhibition of botanical work by acclaimed botanical artist Wendy Walsh at The Green Barn Restaurant, Shop and Gallery.

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Sensational Kids Fairy and Elf Festival

May 16, 9:00 am - May 17, 5:00 pm
Rathwood, Rath
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Rathwood forest walks

All children receive a craft activity to take home, a train ride trail with lots of surprises and characters along the way, admission into The Maze of Ireland and a free hot chocolate voucher for the on-site restaurant.

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Painting the Garden at Altamont Plant Sales

May 19, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Jacinta Crowley-Long returns to Altamont for her second one-day painting master class for beginners and improvers. Classes consist of an initial demonstration by the artist and students will then have an opportunity to paint with helpful guidance on choosing a subject, composition and painting techniques from Jacinta.  Classes take place within the borders of Altamont Plant Sales and in the classroom. One day course including morning coffee and complimentary buffet lunch €75. Places limited, booking essential.

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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

Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

June 8 - June 10
Borris House Gardens and Woodlands, Borris, Co. Carlow + Google Map

The Festival of Writing and Ideas will mark its seventh year in 2018, bringing you a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing international minds – historians, novelists, journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war correspondents, biographers, artists and political commentators – and inviting them to Borris Village for a few days.

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Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

June 8 - June 10
Borris House Gardens and Woodlands, Borris, Co. Carlow + Google Map

The Festival of Writing and Ideas will mark its seventh year in 2018, bringing you a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing international minds – historians,…

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Roses Masterclass

June 16

Roses Masterclass Saturday 16th June 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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Painting the Garden at Altamont Gardens

June 16, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Altamont Plant Sales & Walled Garden, Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
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Painting the Garden at Altamont Gardens June 16, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Jacinta Crowley-Long returns to Altamont for her sone-day painting master class for beginners…

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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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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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August 2018

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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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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