Green-fingered festival fun in the sun
WITH all this marvellous outdoor-friendly weather we've been having, everyone's fingers have gone a little bit green.
If you're desperately seeking secateurs, then you might well be making your botanic way to the Carlow Garden Festival at the end of the month. Running from July 27 to August 5, you'll have access to 18 different gardens and attractions, as well as the chance to get hands-on tips from expert gardeners like Dermot O'Neill and Bob Brown.
Bob's giving a talk on plants at Altamont Gardens on the first day of the festival at noon and it's free to attend. The nurseryman will let you know what makes for a good garden border and what makes a good planting marriage. You can also take a stroll through Hardymount Gardens with the Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Matthew Jebb, on Tuesday July 30, and take time for afternoon tea afterwards too.
If you have young ones in tow, they can be entertained at the Teddy Bear's picnic at Duckett's Grove Castle on July 28.