Gash Gardens – An Insight.

Mary Keenan, of Gash Gardens in Co. Laois, gave a talk recently at Kilkenny Castle, part of the series of talks organised by Shirley Lanigan with the Office of Public Works and the last of this year. In a way it was a very simple talk, a story really, but it caught my attention and … Continue reading Gash Gardens – An Insight.

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Annes Grove – A Rejuvenation

Annes Grove is situated in north Co. Cork between Doneraile and Castletownroche. Lieutenant-General Grove Annesley inherited land here from the Grove family in the early eighteenth century and laid out the grounds as informal parkland with a walled garden and there was little change until Richard Grove Annesley (1879-1966) inherited in 1900. Influenced by his … Continue reading Annes Grove – A Rejuvenation

A Reflection on The Carlow Garden Festival 2015

It was a week of garden celebration and enjoyment, of gardening experts, gardening celebrities and enthusiastic followers travelling and gathering and sharing in plants and gardens. This was the Carlow Garden Festival, a week crammed full of events, talks, guided walks and garden visits which seems to grow and grow in its success year on … Continue reading A Reflection on The Carlow Garden Festival 2015

A Treasure Shared – Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’

For a gardener a plant is the perfect memento. We visited Glenveagh Castle Gardens in May of this year where we held our Annual General Meeting and enjoyed guided walks of the garden afterwards. There are two plants which are particularly associated with the gardens at Glenveagh. One is “Rhododendron ‘Mulroy Vanguard’ which was raised … Continue reading A Treasure Shared – Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’