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Bank Holiday Weekend Events: Carlow Garden Festival

Altamont Gardens, Carlow

Altamont Gardens, Carlow


The past week has been just fantastic, and the Carlow Garden Festival is not over yet! Here are  some photos, and the upcomimg events on Saturday, Sunday & Monday 2-4 August:

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Dick Warner at Newtownbarry House and Gardens

Wander through the glorious grounds of Newtownbarry along with Dick Warner, environmentalist, broadcaster and Irish Garden columnist, as he highlights aspects of the natural habitat in lush woodlands and around the tranquil lake.

Time: 11.30 a.m.  

Venue: Newtownbarry House and Gardens, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. 

Admission: €5. 

Tea Rooms open for tea, coffee and homemade scones and cakes. House tours also available.


Huntington Castle lake

Huntington Castle lake

Dick Warner at Huntington Castle: Tree Trail

Explore the wonderful surroundings of Huntington Castle  and discover some rare and unusual trees, including the scenic avenue with its amazing lime tree collection, hickory, Siberian crab, buckeye chestnut, as well as the impressive Yew walk, with Dick Warner, acclaimed tree expert, as your guide.

Time: 2.30 p.m. 

Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow. 

Admission: €5. 

Tea Rooms open for teas, snacks, etc. Tours of the castle available and children’s playground open.


River Walk with Éanna Ní Lamhna

Éanna Ní Lamhna, environmentalist and RTE personality, leads a leisurely walk along the lovely banks of the River Barrow in Leighlinbridge, highlighting the history and heritage of this great river while identifying a wide variety of local flora and fauna. Éanna also provides practical, easy steps to garden for wildlife. Find out which plants attract songbirds, butterflies, frogs and other interesting wildlife.

Venue: Meet at the Garden of Remembrance, The Quay, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow 

Time: 3 p.m. FREE admission 

Sunday 3rd August 


Duckett's Grove at night, Carlow, Ireland

Duckett’s Grove at night, Carlow, Ireland

Duckett’s Grove Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Bring a rug and picnic and enjoy a fun day out for the whole family in Duckett’s Grove, a ruined gothic mansion dating to the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Take Teddy and dress him in his Sunday best and win a prize. On hand will be a special Teddy Bear’s hospital where Teddy’s ailments are tended to with love and attention. All old, ill or torn teddy bears can be brought here to be mended and loved back to health. Face painting, together with teddy bears workshop, bouncy castle and games complete the line up for this fun packed afternoon.

This is a great opportunity to visit Duckett’s Grove Design – Craft and Gift Emporium, selling high quality artisan craft and also three individual craft workshops featuring products made on site by a jeweller, felter and stained glass artist. Take a glimpse into the past history of the Duckett family and enjoy self-guided tours of this fabulous ruined mansion which can be booked at Duckett’s Grove Design at a cost of €2 per person extra. Tea room on-site.

Time: 2-6 p.m. 

Venue: Duckett’s Grove, Historic House and Walled Garden, near Carlow Town.

Admission: €5 per car


Monday 4th August

delta-sensory-5-flowers.jpg.jpegFionnuala Fallon at Rathvilly Garden Centre

Fionnuala Fallon, Irish Times Gardening Columnist and author of “From The Ground Up”, offers her considerable expertise while delivering two informative workshops.

Summer maintenance and Top Ten Plants for August 

Fionnuala chooses her top 10 plants for August that everybody should find room for in their gardens. Fionnuala also highlights key lessons for successful border and flowerbed planting including pruning, deadheading, second flowerings, delayed flowering, watering and feeding.

Time: 2.30 p.m. 

Venue: Rathvilly Garden Centre (on N81), Rathvilly, Co. Carlow. FREE admission 

Planning Flowerbeds and Borders/Health checking your plants

Heralding the changes of each new month, flowers provide seasonal variation in colour, form and texture. Fionnuala introduces key lessons for successful border and flower bed planting while also highlighting the importance of plant health checks to ensure a flourishing garden

Time: 4.00 p.m. 

Venue: Rathvilly Garden Centre (on N81), Rathvilly, Co. Carlow. FREE admission

Enjoy the Weekend!

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