Garden Talk by T.J. Maher (Patthana Garden)

Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre Strawhall Estate, Carlow, Co. Carlow

An exciting opportunity at Delta Sensory Gardens Carlow 2022 on Sunday January 22nd at 2pm. Tj Maher of Patthana Garden is giving an informative talk to help you spruce up your garden this year.


Rare and Special Plant Fair 2023 in Borris House Gardens & Woodlands

Borris House Gardens and Woodlands Borris House & Gardens, Borris, Co. Carlow

Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow, is hosting this special event on Sunday 14th May 2023, The Rare & Special Plant Fair. Up to 40 Specialist Nurseries from all over Ireland will be on site to offer and showcase beautiful, unusual and hard to find varieties of plants for sale, as well as giving expert advice on care and growing.

Altamont Gardens Summer of Traditional Music Sessions

Altamont Gardens Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Altamont Gardens Summer of Traditional Music Sessions

Altamont Gardens Summer of Traditional Music Sessions every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in May

Every one welcome to meet at the new orchard at the rear of Altamont Gardens at 2p.,m.

Wednesday 17th May Music at Altamont

Dawn Chorus at Altamont Gardens

Altamont Gardens Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Dawn Chorus at Altamont Gardens with Éanna Ní Lamhna on Sunday 21st May 2023 at 4.30 am, lovely early morning visit to Altamont Gardens and do not forget to wear warm clothes. This a free event at Altamont  but tickets are required, so make sure to book your tickets.

Tickets available at: altamontgardens@opw.ie (tickets are limited for this event}

Wear warm clothing and shoes or boots.

Refresments: Tea/coffee & biscuits included

Altamont Gardens Rhododendron Week Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th May

Altamont Gardens Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow

This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Fielding Lecky Watson (father of Corona North). Fielding started the Rhododendron collection in Altamont in the 1920s.
Guided tours daily (on the hour) from 11am to 4pm.

Carlow Garden Festival – opening event with Adam Frost and James Alexander Sinclair at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven

Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven Old Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

After a closely contested "battle" which ended in a "draw" in 2022 there have been loud calls for a re-match in 2023. So if you missed what was widely acknowledged as the highlight of the Carlow Garden Festival in 2022, you have another chance to learn from two of the UK's most respected gardeners, Adam Frost and James Alexander-Sinclair who come together to present design concepts for an outdoor space.

Adam and James will present two previous garden designs they have worked upon, providing lots of information, advice and helpful hints to create your own outdoor space. Whatever the size, aspect or style of your garden, you'll be guaranteed lots of ideas and tips that you can replicate in your own garden. Expect to hear about key design principles that guide the creation of an average sized modern garden interspersed with hilarious one liners and friendly banter.

Carlow Gardens Festivals Ducketts Grove “365 Days of Colour in Your Garden – Plants, Tips and Techniques for Year-Round Colour” by Nick Bailey

Duckett's Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds Duckett's Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Kneestown, Co. Carlow

 "365 Days of Colour in Your Garden - Plants, Tips and Techniques for Year-Round Colour" by Nick Bailey. In his talk, '365 Days of Colour in Your Garden', BBC Gardeners' World presenter Nick Bailey discusses how to plant and manage your garden, whatever its size, to ensure year-round colour and interest. Initially explaining simple colour theory principles and how to apply them to your garden, the talk goes on to highlight beautiful plants and planting combinations for every season no matter what type of garden you have.

Carlow Garden Festival’s Alasdair Moore “La Mortola” In the Footsteps of Thomas Hanbury

Huntington Castle and Gardens Clonegal, Co. Carlow

In this compelling talk, gardener and writer Alasdair Moore traces Thomas Hanbury's remarkable life and passion for horticulture, examining how a young man from Clapham, London, formed the finest private plant collection of his generation, with over 5,000 rare and exotic plants from Africa and Asia alongside native Mediterranean flora. Overlooking the sea on the Franco/Italian Riviera, La Mortola remains one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world, a classic gardenesque style estate on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. Thomas Hanbury remains one of the outstanding figures of 19th-century horticulture, his legacy includes the gift of the gardens at Wisely to the Royal Horticultural Society.

Carlow Garden Festival’s “Making Magic in My Garden” with June Blake

Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre Strawhall Estate, Carlow, Co. Carlow

"Making Magic in My Garden" at Carlow Garden Festival with June Blakes combination of plants and colours in The Delta Sensory Gardens. "Magic in My Garden" for those who have either heard of, or seen the amazing colour displays in June Blake’s Garden in County Wicklow, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the different plant and colour combinations that make this garden so unique. June explains how to create colour and magic in your own gardening space through a range of flowers including tulips, mostly in shades of red, orange, black and purple.

“Rich Diversity of Altamont Gardens” with Mark Desmond

Altamont Gardens Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Altamont Estate and Gardens covers 16 hectares, and includes a garden centre, formal and informal gardens, grasslands, and treeline and woodland habitats leading to the banks of the River Slaney. Ecologist Mark Desmond presents its interesting biodiversity which includes the Slaney river which flows along the eastern boundary of the estate and is protected under the Slaney River Valley Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Carlow Garden Festival’s “A Summer Visit to the Deserts of Ladakh” with Seamus O’Brien

Hardymount Gardens Tullow, Co. Carlow

Carlow Garden Festivals' "A Summer Visit to the Deserts of Ladakh" with Seamus O' Brien, Head Gardener of the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, recounts the adventures of a trip he led in July 2022 to the mountains of Ladakh, where he and his group studied a high altitude desert flora. Ladakh has some of the greatest glaciers in all Asia and these glaciers water the deserts on the mountain slopes and valleys below, giving rise to a rich flora. Hear how climate change is threatening this rare eco-system.

Carlow Garden Festival “Prime Plants for the Irish Kitchen Garden” & “Foraging Walk” & Plúr Bakery’s Three-Course Feast Supper, at Shankill Castle,

Shankill Castle and Gardens Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny

Shankill Castle’s host’s a trio of events in Carlow Garden Festival, which starts with Kitty’s informative talk, Prime Plants for the Irish Kitchen Garden, focusing on ten essential kitchen garden plants that thrive in our Irish climate. Mary and Robert White of Blackstairs Ecotrails lead an in-depth foraging walk through the grounds and organic farm of Shankill Castle. Seamus Jordan of Plúr Bakery will cook up a three-course feast supper, celebrating foraged, seasonal and local ingredients, ending the day with a relaxed evening of great food and garden chat.

Carlow Garden Festivals “Soil to Seed”- A Regenerative Organic Approach to Vegetable Growing with Colm O’Driscoll

Burtown House and Gardens Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare

In his talk, “Soil to Seed” for the Carlow Garden Festival, Colm will delve into the area of regenerative organic vegetable production and share with you the most environmentally sustainable approach to growing vegetables. Learn how to reduce your inputs, cut your labour and reap the rewards while enhancing the environment. Unsurprisingly soil health will be at the forefront of the talk with a particular focus on improving healthy soil which translates to healthy vegetables.

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

Borris House Gardens and Woodlands Borris House & Gardens, Borris, Co. Carlow

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.

Carlow Garden Festival’ “Garden Tour of Delta Sensory Gardens” with Marie Staunton

Delta Sensory Gardens & Garden Centre Strawhall Estate, Carlow, Co. Carlow

Maria leads a garden tour around Delta Sensory Gardens showing how gardeners can mix texture and colour to create wonderful and exciting combinations. Regularly voted as top visitor attraction in Carlow on Trip Advisor, this journey takes the visitor through the series of multi-sensory gardens including the formal Rose Garden, the Five Senses Garden, the Circle of Life and the Stolen Child Garden, which have been created by Ireland's leading garden designers to indulge every one of the senses.

Carlow Garden Festival’s “Great Dexter – Past, Present and Future” with Fergus Garrett at Huntington Castle and Gardens

Huntington Castle and Gardens Clonegal, Co. Carlow

Fergus, chosen by Gardens Illustrated as one of the 30 most influential living garden designers and horticultural educator in Britain, talks about the history of Great Dixter, the 15th century manor house and its restoration by the famous arts and crafts architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. In a wide ranging talk, he explores the influence of Nathaniel Lloyd on its infrastructure and design