Local events for garden festival
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.