Clare Garden Festival is being held at Ennis showgrounds on the LAST SUNDAY in April, from 11am. Please join us on Facebook for regular updates.

NEW in 2018:

MASTERCLASS with JIM CRONIN  
How to avoid Pests, Weeds and Diseases When You Garden Organically. Detailed Information about Masterclass
Sunday, 29th April 2018 @ Clare Garden Festival, 11-12pm Application form Masterclass

Our 2018 Garden Talks are proudly supported by Gee-Up - Nature's Organic Soil Enricher. Gee up Soil Enricher

 

OVERVIEW of our 2017 TALKS & DEMOS:

 

Expert Talks Clare Garden FEstival 2017, 30 April

 

Overview of our Gardeners and their Focus at Clare Garden Festival

Jim Cronin - FESTIVAL Focus: Organic Gardening

Jim Cronin has been gardening in Co Clare from his early childhood and is now known to many as a leading national expert in organic horticulture. He is a mine of information and advice on all aspects of growing organically, with a lifetime of experience and a deep love of working in cooperation with nature. Jim is also an advocate of local, sustainable agriculture and was a founding member of the thriving Killaloe Farmers Market where he sells his garden fresh produce all year round. He is running successful courses from his farm both for beginners and comprehensive 9-month educational programmes. For course details see www.theorganiccentre.ie Jim Cronin

 Fiann O Nuallain - Festival Focus: Gardening for Mental Wellbeing/Horticultural Therapist

Fiann Ó Nualláin is a long-time proponent of gardening for health and wellbeing. A horticultural therapist by profession and a community gardening advocate for over two decade.  He is the author of several bestselling gardening and health books. A regular on Tv3’s Ireland AM to chat about foods and herbs for physical wellbeing and illness management.  Most gardeners will know him from bloom and his RTE series with Dermot O Neill.    Fiann writes a weekly gardening column in the Irish examiner and blogs about natural cures and practical herbalism at theholisticgardener.com. His latest book By time is everything revealed is a collection of life strategies and mindful techniques to better cope with the vicissitudes of life and maintain mental wellness.

 

 

 

Mary Keenan - Festival Focus: Ornamental Gardening

Mary Keenan is the owner of well-known Gash Gardens & Nursery in County Laois.  She studied horticulture at University College Dublin and has been gardening and growing plants for over 35 years.  As a regular columnist with the Irish Garden Magazine and a passionate plantsperson, she takes a very practical and down to earth approach to gardening.  

 

www.gashgardens.ie

 


 

Tim Austin - FESTIVAL Focus: Garden Design

Tim Austen is a multi award-winning garden designer and the owner of Austen Associates, a successful Wicklow-based landscape architecture and garden design practice. His gardens won the peoples’ favourite garden vote in both 2008 and 2014, and he received the coveted best overall garden award in 2009. He is a familiar face having appeared as both a garden design judge and design mentor on RTÉ television’s Super Garden gardening series.

Tim is an accredited designer with the Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA) and is currently Vice-President of the Irish Landscape Institute.  He writes the popular garden design blog http://www.timaustengardendesigns.com/blog/ and his latest work and inspiration is profiled on his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/timmyausten/


 

Brid Hedderman - FESTIVAL Focus: MC & Horticulture

 

BrÍd Hedderman is a full-time teacher with the LCETB (Limerick & Clare Education Training Board). Having run her own market garden for 15 years alongside her father and uncle-adopting their traditional methods of gardening-she went on to study Horticulture with the RHS. She lives on the Loop Head Peninsula, where she gardens endlessly and, outside her time in training and education, encourages people to grow their own and to support local food producers. She also voluntarily coordinated the Kilrush Community Garden project encouraging all groups and individuals to partake in sustainable workshops through community education.

 


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Mary Keenan is the owner of well-known Gash Gardens & Nursery in County Laois.  She studied horticulture at University College Dublin and has been gardening and growing plants for over 35 years.  As a regular columnist with the Irish Garden Magazine and a passionate plantsperson, she takes a very practical and down to earth approach to gardening .