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July 2017

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Melissa Doran – Nature sketching walk, Leighlinbridge, 21st July 2017

21st July 2017, 2:30 pm

Friday 21st July 2017 Nature sketching walk with Melissa Doran at Leighlinbridge - the Garden Village Melissa Doran, award-winning illustrator of Naturama, the number one bestseller…

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[Sold Out] Monty Don, Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, 21st July 2017

21st July 2017, 7:30 pm

Monty Don at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven Gardening Lessons from Longmeadow A truly wonderful evening is promised with Monty Don, one of the UK’s most…

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Jane Fearnley Whittingstall, Newtownbarry House and Gardens, 22nd July 2017

22nd July 2017, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall at Newtownbarry House and Gardens Garden Tour Writer, garden designer and winner of two gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show, Jane will guide visitors…

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Jane Fearnley Whittingstall, Huntington Castle and Gardens, 22nd July 2017

22nd July 2017, 3:00 pm

Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall at Huntington Castle and Gardens Garden Tour Enjoy a stroll through garden history with award-winning garden designer and author Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall as your guide.…

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Dermot O’Neill, Rathwood, 23rd July 2017

23rd July 2017, 12:00 pm

Dermot O’Neill at Rathwood My Favourite Plants Dermot O’ Neill picks out his top 10 favourite plants to bring your garden to life! Finding a favourite…

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Dermot O’ Neill, Rathvilly Garden Centre, 23rd July 2017

23rd July 2017, 2:30 pm

Dermot O’Neill at Rathvilly Garden Centre The Best Roses to Grow The timeless beauty and sweet fragrance are just some of the reasons why no one…

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Jimi Blake, Patthana Gardens, 23rd July 2017

23rd July 2017, 5:30 pm

Jimi Blake at Patthana Gardens, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow Garden Tour A new edition to the Carlow Garden Festival for 2017 is Patthana Gardens which have been…

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Oliver Schurmann, Delta Sensory Gardens, 24th July 2017

24th July 2017, 12:00 pm

Monday 24th July 2017 Oliver Schurmann at Delta Sensory Gardens Garden Tour Oliver Schurmann, multi gold medal winner at Bloom promises an interesting and informative tour…

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Oliver Schurmann, The Meadows, 24th July 2017

24th July 2017, 3:00 pm

Oliver Schurmann at The Meadows Garden Tour It is fitting that the exceptionally talented Oliver Schurmann, owner of Mount Venus Nursery leads this tour around the…

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Paul McDonnell, Altamont Gardens 25th July 2017

25th July 2017, 11:00 am

Paul Mc Donnell at Altamont Gardens Garden tour of Altamont This walking tour of Altamont Gardens is led by Paul McDonnell, Parks Superintendent for the Phoenix…

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Gethyn Gibson, Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens, 25th July 2017

25th July 2017, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gethyn Gibson at Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens Art in the Garden Savour the experience of painting in the stunning surrounds of Kilgraney House and Herb…

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John Anderson, Hardymount Gardens, 25th July 2017

25th July 2017, 3:00 pm

John Anderson at Hardymount Gardens The plants that have impacted on my career and life The Carlow Garden Trail is delighted to welcome John Anderson, Keeper…

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Mary Reynolds, Shankill Castle, 26th July 2017

26th July 2017, 11:00 am

Mary Reynolds at Shankill Castle Designing gardens in co-creation with nature Turning her back on traditional garden design, Mary challenges you to re-imagine working with land…

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Mary Reynolds and Terence Reeves, Borris House, 26th July 2017

26th July 2017, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mary Reynolds and Terence Reeves Smyth at Borris House Talk 1: Stepping into our roles as guardians of the earth Mary reminds people of our place…

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Fionnuala Fallon, Delta Sensory Gardens, 27th July 2017

27th July 2017, 12:00 pm

Fionnuala Fallon at Delta Sensory Gardens Growing cut flowers seasonally and sustainably Fionnuala Fallon, Irish Times gardening correspondent, explains how to create your own cut-flower patch…

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€20

James Wong, Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens, 27th July 2017

27th July 2017, 2:30 pm

James Wong at Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens Grow for flavour James Wong is a Royal Botanic Garden, Kew-trained botanist, international author and one of the…

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€16

James Wong, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, 27th July 2017

27th July 2017, 8:00 pm

James Wong at Visual Centre of Contemporary Art. How to eat better This talk strips away the fad diets and superfood fixations to give you a…

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Roy Lancaster, Paul Smith and Joe Swift, Altamont Plant Sales, 28th July 2017

28th July 2017, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday 28th July 2017 Roy Lancaster, Paul Smyth and Joe Swift at Altamont Plant Sales 50 Years of gardening – my top performing plants Expect an…

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Mary Keenan, Huntington Castle and Gardens, 29th July 2017

29th July 2017, 12:00 pm

Mary Keenan at Huntington Castle and Gardens Garden tour and tree trail Mary Keenan, owner of the renowned Gash Garden in County Laois explores the magnificent…

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Mary Keenan, Newtownbarry House and Gardens, 29th July 2017

29th July 2017, 3:00 pm

Mary Keenan at Newtownbarry House Garden tour An engaging guided tour of these gardens is promised by Mary Keenan. Enjoy the lawns, ancient trees, rose garden,…

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David Rae, Burtown House and Garden, 30th July 2017

30th July 2017, 11:00 am

David Rae at Burtown House and Gardens Gardening in a changing world Dr. David Rae, Director of Horticulture and Learning at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh…

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Neil Porteous, Burtown House and Garden, 30th July 2017

30th July 2017, 2:30 pm

Neil Porteous at Burtown House and Gardens Myanmar to Mount Stewart In 2016, Neil Porteous explored two regions of Myanmar (Burma) and details his fascinating experiences…

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October 2017

A dinner by Gill Meller of River Cottage at The Green Barn, Burtown House

20th October 2017, 7:00 pm
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

The Green Barn welcomes award-winning author, chef and cookery teacher Gill Meller of River Cottage, cooking from the kitchen garden at The Green Barn for a special one-night-only dinner, a unique pop up event. 

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November 2017

Drinks, Canapés, Dinner & Music at Burtown House and Gardens

18th November 2017, 7:00 pm
Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare + Google Map

On Saturday November 18th pianist Finghin Collins and Violinist Katherine Hunka, will perform a programme of sonatas for violin and piano, from Beethoven’s energetic A minor Sonata to Brahms’ gloriously sunny G major violin sonata, passing by contemporary Irish composer Ian Wilson and the

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Christmas in Carlow throughout December

25th November 2017 - 2nd December 2017

Download this year’s Christmas in Carlow brochure, the go-to guide for what’s on in and around Carlow town and county over the 2017 festive period. Now in its fifth year, the Christmas in Carlow initiative is all about promoting the huge range of activities and attractions on offer throughout Carlow

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December 2017

Duckett’s Grove Christmas Food & Craft Fair

3rd December 2017, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Kneestown, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Attractions & Activities: Local artisan CRAFT and FOOD market, Weaving, woodturning & blacksmith demos, Santa’s Grotto with surprise for each child, Festive face painting of Christmas characters, Make and do Christmas workshops, Falconry Display by East Coast Falconry, Live Christmas Crib with Wooly Farm

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February 2018

Snowdrop Gala & Other Spring Treasures

February 3

Like many gardeners, Graham was exposed to gardening at an early age being surrounded by voluminous cabbages and gaudy ‘Super Star’ roses in his parent’s garden. His introduction to the sophistication of snowdrops came much later whilst working with Elizabeth Strangman at Washfield Nursery in Kent

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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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Snowdrop Weekend at Shankill Castle

February 10, 11:00 am - February 11, 5:00 pm
Shankill Castle and Gardens, Paulstown Co. Kilkenny Ireland + Google Map

Enjoy the spectacular early Spring bulbs and carpet of snowdrops on February 10th & 11th at Shankill Castle. Castle tours also available by appointment. Adults €5, €10 castle tour and walk. Group, family ticket and concessions available.

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Snowdrop Week in Altamont Gardens

February 12 - February 18
Altamont Gardens,

The very popular Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens runs from February 12th - 18th and is a great opportunity to view this unique collection, first started by Corona North, former owner of the gardens, and now amongst the largest in Ireland, with over 100 named varieties. Daily guided tours with Head Gardener

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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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Basket and Containers Masterclass

February 14, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road
Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
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Snowdrop Weekend at Huntington Castle

February 17, 11:00 am - February 18, 5:00 pm
Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow + Google Map

An original 17th century garden, the wilderness and parterre areas have undergone extensive restoration in recent years. Highlights include the 500 year old yew walk and a number of champion trees. Within this setting are some charming woodland walks with snowdrop and spring bulb plantings. 17th - 18th February

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

July 27, 2:00 pm - 4:00 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. She will discuss how she developed her renowned Olympic garden and about her 2018 Chelsea Garden.

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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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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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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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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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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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Seamus O’Brien at Borris House

August 2, 12:00 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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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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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. Adam will talk about where he finds his inspiration from - in nature, architecture, art, people and food. As well as drawing on memories, special places and people who have been influential to the way he designs.

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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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€8

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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€5

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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€10 – €30

Carol Klein at Duckett’s Grove

August 5, 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Kneestown, Co. Carlow + Google Map

Enjoy a garden party in the beautiful surrounds of Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Walled Gardens. Featuring vintage dress, classical and musical entertainment, traditional activities for the children, picnics on the lawn, a talk with the highly popular and talented UK gardener Carol Klein and the opportunity to view the beautifully restored walled gardens. Carol will talk about her time as a nursery owner and gardener and will discuss her favourite plants and the plants she found difficult to propagate.

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Free – €7

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

Designing and Planting your Garden with Arthur Shackleton

September 8, 4:00 pm
Shankill Castle and Gardens, Paulstown Co. Kilkenny Ireland + Google Map

Arthur Shackleton will give a talk on his passion and great gift of gardening. He will also offer advice and answer your questions on designing and…

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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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December 2018

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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