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The Southern Symposium will return to Kells Bay later this month

Billy Alexander of Kells Bay Gardens in Co. Kerry

Attendees will enjoy presentations from guest speakers, and a tour of Kells Bay Gardens



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22 September 2022

The Southern Symposium is set to return Kells Bay, Co. Kerry later this month following a two-year hiatus.

Taking place 30 September to 2 October, the event will bring together members of the Irish horticultural community as well as plant-lovers for formal presentations by guest speakers, an informal tour of Kells Bay Gardens, a buffet lunch, and the Symposium Dinner.

Speakers include:

John Anderson – keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park, England , who will deliver a talk titled: “A Head Gardener’s journey from Mount Usher to Windsor”.

Darach Lupton PhD – curator – National Botanic Gardens, , who will deliver a talk titled: “Hop, Skip and Jump – the Curious Distribution of some of Ireland’s most Enigmatic Native Plants.”

Robert Wilson-Wright – plant explorer & proprietor Coolcarigan Gardens, who will deliver a talk titled: “Isle of Bliss The remote island of Socotra”

Alasdair Moore, head of gardens & estate, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, who will deliver a talk titled: ‘Tresco and Heligan: plants, history and meaning.’

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