Lo­cal events for gar­den fes­ti­val

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A num­ber of venues in west Wick­low and along the county border will be host­ing events when the Car­low Gar­den Fes­ti­val gets un­der way later this month.

Nine­teen gar­den­ing gu­rus from the UK and Ire­land will take part in the 2019 fes­ti­val, which fea­tures a mix of work­shops, gar­den tours, spe­cial­ist talks, Q&A ses­sions, films and long table lunches in gar­dens, gar­den cen­tres and forests.

Head­lin­ing the fes­ti­val will be gar­den­ing icon Monty Don who will give a much-an­tic­i­pated talk on Satur­day, Au­gust 3.

On Sun­day, July 28, Fion­nu­ala Fallon will give a talk about the chang­ing world of gar­dens from 5.30 p.m. at Patthana Gar­dens in Kil­te­gan. She will im­part her great gar­den­ing knowl­edge in a tour of the gar­den, which is a small vil­lage gar­den set on many levels con­sist­ing of a lower court­yard area with wildlife pond and an up­per gar­den con­sist­ing of mixed borders filled with un­usual plants. Ad­mis­sion is €5 and pre-book­ing is ad­vised by not es­sen­tial.

On Tues­day, July 30, two events will take place in the vicin­ity of Tul­low.

First, Neil Porteous, head gar­dener at Mount Stew­art in Co Down, will lead a walk through Al­ta­mont Gar­dens at 11 a.m. This ‘Robin­so­nian’ gar­den has a great va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing plants, from mighty se­quoiaden­drons and scented roses, down to an un­usual ar­ray of herbaceous plants and bulbs. Dur­ing the tour, Neil will de­scribe how pro­fes­sional gar­den­ers man­age such a wide va­ri­ety of plants. Ad­mis­sion is free (pre-book­ing ad­vised but not es­sen­tial) but there is a €2 charge for the car park.

At 3 p.m., char­tered hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and writer with Coun­try Life Steven Des­mond will ex­am­ine the gar­den seat through the ages at Hardy­mount Gar­dens. Used for a va­ri­ety of func­tions – eye­catcher, viewpoint, rest­ing place and fo­cal point – some are even com­fort­able to sit on. Ad­mis­sion is €10, in­clud­ing af­ter­noon tea. Pre-book­ing is ad­vised but not es­sen­tial.

On Fri­day, Au­gust 2, two talks will be held at Al­ta­mont Plant Sales in Tul­low. In the first, at 11.30 a.m., Troy Scott Smith, head gar­dener at Siss­inghurst Cas­tle, will speak about the de­ci­sions he faced when ap­pointed to this iconic gar­den – whether to con­tinue along well-estab­lished lines or make changes. At 3 p.m., renowned land­scape and gar­den de­signer Dan Pear­son will dis­cuss his ap­proach to his gar­den com­mis­sions, his ef­forts to en­hance a site’s sense of place and aim to cre­ate gar­dens that are in tune with their sur­round­ings. A full-day tick­ets costs €35 and seats will be al­lo­cated on a first-come, first-served ba­sis.

The fi­nal two events will see renowned gar­dener Der­mot O’Neill visit Rath­wood in Tul­low on Sun­day, Au­gust 4. At 11 a.m., Der­mot will lead a leisurely walk through Rath Wood For­est, which is a sanc­tu­ary for many mammals, birds and in­sect species and boasts a wide va­ri­ety of trees within its 185 acres. At 3 p.m., Der­mot will give a talk in which he out­lines his top ten plants and cov­ers all the im­por­tant aspects of sum­mer gar­den­ing. These events are free and while pre-book­ing places is ad­vised, it is not es­sen­tial.

For in­for­ma­tion on how to book places or to see the full programme of events at the Car­low Gar­den Fes­ti­val, visit www.car­low­gar­den­trail.com.

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