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Irish garden festivals and trails for July

Killruddery House and Garden will be celebrating 400 years with a plethora of events scheduled. Photo: Killruddery.
Killruddery House and Garden will be celebrating 400 years with a plethora of events scheduled. Photo: Killruddery.

Quick news hits from the world of horticulture, courtesy of The Irish Garden Magazine.

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4 July 2018 | 0

The following are quick news hits from out sister publication – The Irish Garden Magazine. You can learn more about The Irish Garden on their website: www.garden.ie.

Carlow Garden Festival Opens at Arboretum

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Oliver Schurmann at Delta Sensory Gardens, Carlow Garden Festival 2017. Photo: Carlow Garden Festival.

An exciting double-bill lineup featuring Sarah Price, Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Gold Medal winner and Creator of the London Olympic Gardens, and Alan Gray, gardener at East Ruston Old Vicarage, on 27th July, opens the 2018 Carlow Garden Festival at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven as it returns with 21 celebrated garden experts over 11 days, Friday 27th July – Monday 6th August 2018, the festival offers something to interest everyone from novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs, garden designers to nature lovers and grandparents to grandchildren.

Carlow Garden Festival Highlights

This year’s highlights will include a talk and workshop with Carol Klein, on Sunday 5th August in the recently revamped Walled Gardens at Duckett’s Grove. On Thursday 2nd August, Adam Frost, UK TV presenter and multi-gold medal winner will delight audiences with a talk at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow town. Altamont Plant Sales presents Chris Beardshaw, UK garden designer and TV and radio presenter, and Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter Garden on Friday 3rd August. There are many other speakers: John Anderson, Stephen Anderton, Charles Dowding, Fiann Ó Nualláin, Elma Fenton, Leonie Cornelius, Assumpta Broomfield, Shirley Lanigan, Dermot O’ Neill, Helen Dillon, Jimi Blake, Fionnuala Fallon, Seamus O’Brien and Cormac Downey. Great value accommodation breaks along with details of the festival programme can be found at www.carlowgardentrail.com or alternatively ring Carlow Tourism on 059-9130411 for further details.

Killruddery celebrates 400 years

Killruddery House & Gardens in Bray Co. Wicklow is celebrating 400 years with a packed programme of events for children and families, gardeners, foodies and the ever-popular Teddy Bears Picnic. Killruddery’s summer programme includes musical events, garden talks and events, Falconry on the formal lawns the first Saturday of every month, family events the last Sunday of every month and Killruddery Farm Market supporting local producers every Saturday 10am – 3pm at the Grain Store.

Donegal Garden Trail

Donegal Garden Trail continues to draw many visitors to its 21 gardens spread across the county. With Donegal’s moist soil and warm sunny weather the gardens are burgeoning with colourful blooms.

Rathmullen House. Photo: Donegal Garden Trail.

Rathmullen House. Photo: Donegal Garden Trail.

The gardens vary in size and style but each offers a treat of nature’s beauty that will enrich the visit and the visitor to this county of Wild Atlantic coastline, with landscape of rugged, as well as, fertile beauty. Details of all the gardens can be found on: donegalgardentrail.com

Waterford Garden Trail

Dromana House and Gardens is the venue on Saturday, July 15, for an event entitled ‘Women Writers of the Big House’. It celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth and runs from 10am to 4pm. Staff at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore are putting the finishing touches to their plans for a July 27 event which they’ve called ‘Canada to Japan – Hearn’s Penultimate Journey’. Fairbrook House & Museum lies just off the Greenway in Kilmeaden and is the venue for a concert on Saturday, August 12. Plenty more to see and do on the Waterford Garden Trail.

Country house flowers at Russborough

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Floral Art Group and Russborough have announced an exhibition of magnificent arrangements entitled Country House Flowers at Russborough on Saturday, 7th & Sunday 8th July from 3 pm to 6pm in the reception rooms of the house. Admission is €5 per adult and children are free. Details: www.russborough.ie or www.rhsi.ie

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