5 April 2022 @ 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Kilkenny Castle

The Free Gardening Talks in Kilkenny Castle begin next month. As usual, there will be a wide range of speakers, covering a variety of topics.
The series starts on Tuesday 29 March and runs until Tuesday 10 May. All talks are free and entry is on a first come first served basis.
Doors open at 7:30pm each Tuesday.


On Tuesday 29 March, Fionnuala Fallon will talk on ‘Growing and Working with Cut Flowers’. Fionnuala is the well known gardening columnist with the Irish Times. She also grows and arranges cut flowers in a sustainable way.

On Tuesday 5 April, Alan Ryan will present a talk called  ‘The Restoration of Colclough Gardens, Tintern Abbey’. Alan started the restoration of Colclough Walled Garden in Wexford in 2009 with a small grant and permission to restore the walled garden adjacent to the OPW monument of Tintern Abbey. Although he had no horticultural qualifications or experience of restoring walled gardens his passion and work ethic inspired hundreds of people to volunteer, sponsor, donate to make the restoration possible.


On Tuesday 12 April, the renowned Éanna Ní Lamhna will give a fascinating talk called ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly’ about wild life in the garden. Éanna is a botanist. She has been a lecturer in sustainable development in DIT for over twenty years. She is publicly on the side of the environment and author of several books on the subject. She has been broadcasting on RTE about wildlife since 1988.

Tuesday 26 April, will see rose expert David Kenny bring his talk ‘All About Roses’ to Kilkenny. David is a retired teacher who has been growing roses for over forty years, breeding healthy, novel and scented roses in all types and colours. Several seedlings of his are in trials around the world and are being tested for their commercial potential.

On Tuesday 3 May, Chris O’Neill will talk on ‘Garinish Island Restored’. Chris is a landscape architect and a Parks Superintendent with the OPW, with responsibility for Garinish Island, Derrynane and Fota Arboretum & Gardens.

The last talk will be given on Tuesday 10 May, by Colm Mangan, Foreman of Kilkenny Castle Park. His practical ‘Walk Through The Castle Park’ promises to be a perfect finale to the series. Colm’s informative walks are legendary. Each year he brings a different aspect of this great Park and this year promises to be as educational and enjoyable as ever.