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Talking Gardens: a series of expert Walks & Talks in Avoca Gardens

 

We're delighted to announce a series of fascinating, colourful gardening walks and talks at Avoca Kilmac, Malahide Castle, Powerscourt House and Mount Usher Gardens in April & May with experts like Helen Dillon, Arthur Shackleton, Mount Usher's Sean Heffernan, Michael Byrne, Head Gardener at Powerscourt Gardens and Michael Kelly from GIY. You can download a sheet with the details at the bottom of the page.

 

Our Talking Gardens events are on the following dates and must be booked (CLICK HERE TO BOOK or call 01 274 6900)

 

Tues, 8 Apr, 10am at Malahide OVER

Bringing the best out of your Garden with Helen Dillon

 

Tues, 15 Apr, 10am at Kilmac

Bringing the best out of your Garden with Helen Dillon

 

Wed, 16 Apr, 11am at Powerscourt

10,000 Tulip Festival Tour by Head Gardener, Michael Byrne

 

Mon, 28 Apr, 10am at Kilmac

Designing & Planting Your Garden with Arthur Shackleton

 

Tues, 29 Apr, 10am at Malahide

Designing & Planting Your Garden with Arthur Shackleton

 

Tues, 6 May, 10am at Kilmac

GIY: Growing your Fruit & Veg for a Healthy, Happy Future with Michael Kelly

 

Wed, 7 May, 10am at Mount Usher

150 years of Fabulous Colour & Scent Tour by Head Gardener, Sean Heffernan

 

Tues, 20 May, 10am at Mount Usher

150 years of Fabulous Colour & Scent Tour by Head Gardener, Sean Heffernan

 

Wed, 21 May, 10am at Malahide

GIY: Growing your Fruit & Veg for a Healthy, Happy Future with Michael Kelly

 
Delicious Avoca refreshments will be served and the cost is €15 per person per talk. Booking is essential as places have to be limited unfortunately. Please click here to book or call 01 274 6900.

 

We're lucky to have a number of fabulous gardeners on Talking Gardens with us:

 

One of our most prominent gardening writers, Helen Dillon is a columnist, garden consultant and broadcaster.  She has lectured round the world and has travelled extensively to study plants in Nepal, Sikkim, China, South America, South Africa and New Zealand. Her gorgeous garden at 45 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 has been open to the public for the last 25 years and Helen's Garden Book was the FT's Robin Lane Fox's Book of the Year. Other books include On Gardening, Garden Artistry and The Flower Garden and In an Irish Garden. Find more on Helen here.

 

Arthur Shackleton was born in Dublin to a family of passionate gardeners with Quaker origins. His father, David, was one of Ireland's foremost plantsmen. He has over forty years of experience designing a wide variety of Irish gardens, including Ashford, Dromoland and Glin Castles, Coolmore Stud and all of Sheik Mohammed's Irish stud farms. Arthur lives in Abbeyleix where his own garden, Fruitlawn which he shares with artist, Carol Booth includes a wide selection of plants from his father. It has been called "enchanting" by The Irish Garden Magazine and has received visitors from around the world. More on Arthur here.

 

With 23 acres of world class garden to look after, containing over 5000 species of plant, including many rare specimens, Mount Usher Head Gardener, Sean Heffernan has a dream gardening job with an equivalent burden of responsibility. After all, these Gardens were started in the 1860s. Oh and did we mention?: they're organically managed by Sean and his team. With tens of thousands of visitors every year from all around the world and having been voted the favourite garden by BBC Gardener's World readers, among many accoldades, he's on top of his game. Read more about Sean here.

 

Powerscourt House's amazing gardens are rightly famous with rolling terraces, cascades and fountains, Walled and Japanese Gradens, magnificent specimen trees and wooded walks all around. And all flourishing and pristine under Michael Byrne's careful stewardship as head gardener. Read more about Michael's work and the breathtaking Gardens at Powerscourt here.

 

Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, bestselling author, broadcaster and founder of GIY (Grow it Yourself) which aims to inspire people to grow their own food and give them the skills they need to do so successfully. There are currently over 80 GIY groups. His books include Trading Paces - From Rat Race to Hen Run and Tales from the Home Farm. Find more about GIY and Michael here.

 

If you have any queries, please email info@avoca.ie with "Talking Gardens" in the subject or call us on 01 274 6900.

 

Posted on 22nd April 2014 in News & Events