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.


Biodiversity in the Garden for Pollination and Pest Control 

Detailed Information about Masterclass
Sunday, 26th April 2020 @ Clare Garden Festival, 11-12pm; Classroom at side of Building Application form Masterclass

 2020 Talks and Demos Schedules to follow shortly!!



Expert Talks Clare Garden FEstival





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 Jim Cronin

 Caitriona Kelly - Festival Focus: Gardening for Mental Wellbeing, Horticultural Therapist 

A native of inner city Dublin, Caitrona Kelly is based in Co Leitrim. She has worked as a community worker, adult education tutor, part-time lecturer and activist in both Ireland and Spain. She has a wealth of experience working with diverse groups including Travellers, asylum seekers, women's groups, Gypsies and disabled adults. A trained horticultural therapist, she combines her love of working with people with that of plants and Nature, in the delivery of therapeutic horticultural programmes in prisons, direct provision centres and day care centres. She also delivers Thrive-accredited courses in social and therapeutic horticulture nationwide.



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Shirley Lyons - Festival Focus: Garden Design 

Exterior Living Designs - details to follow


Kloe Wood - FESTIVAL Focus: Gardening & Foraging

After growing up in the Wilds of West Cork, Kloe discovered the wonders of the natural world while doing a BSc in Zoology with Conservation and continued to do a MPhil in Sustainable Development. She loves connecting with local people and places having launched her first community project 'Exeter Green Walks' and volunteering at Exeter Community Garden. She also has a PhD having researched health and wellbeing benefits of green spaces. Kloe did community work launching an award-winning 'Green Walks' sister project in Truro, running events with Transition Truro, chairing a local Friends group and launching a community gardening project called Plant your Park. Kloe is now back in gorgeous West Cork as one of the Two Green Shoots!


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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.

Dave Foley - FESTIVAL Focus: Rare, Unusual and Undervalued plants

Dave Foley runs Greenman Nurseries growing and selling Plants from unusual, undervalued to weird and sometimes even common ones. He is based in West Cork with a background in Tree Surgery, Carpentry and Garden Centres having worked with Future Forests for many years. Established only in 2019, Greenman nurseries Specializes In Trees and Shrubs with emphasis on less common species, Also growing a fair share of Perennials and Alpines.

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