Garden Festival growing bigger and better
Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00
THE Carlow Garden Festival is back and it looks set to be bigger and better than ever. Now in its 13th year, this year's festival runs from July 25 until August 14 and will feature 15 celebrated garden experts over the 11 days.
Carol Klein of Gardener's World will officially open the festival which is aimed at providing practical advice for gardeners of all levels through a range of workshops while visiting the many beautiful gardens of the county.
This year families are well catered for with a Teddy Bears Picnic at Duckett's Grove while Éanna Ní Lamhna's River Walk along the Barrow will appeal to all. The creative side of gardening will be explored with a painting workshop at Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens and there are art galleries to enjoy at both Newtownbarry House and Gardens and Burtown House.
Among the experts that will be present throughout the course of the festival will be Carol Klein, Dermot of Neill of RTE, UK Financial Times columnist Robin Lane, Head Gardener at Kilmacurragh Gardens Seamus O'Brien, Helen Dillon of the Dillon Garden, RHS Hampton Court Gold Medal Winner Paul Martin, June Black of June Blake's Garden, Fionnuala Fallon of the Irish Times and author of '100 Best Gardens in Ireland' Shirley Lanigan.
Popular radio presenters and environmentalists Eanna Ní Lamhna and Dick Warner deliver a range of entertaining environmental talks and workshops while Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso cover all aspects of growing herbs and herbal remedies.
Visitors can also explore the Carlow Garden Trail, a collection of 18 different gardening attractions which features two gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford and contains all types of gardens.
For more information on the festival, visit www.carlowgardentrail.com or call Carlow Tourism on 059 9130411.