Date: 02 & 03 Sept 2017

Time: 10am to 6pm

€8 per person per day (Children under 12 Free)

Ballymaloe Garden Festival

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September the Ballymaloe Garden Festival will take place on the grounds at Ballymaloe House and is a weekend for garden lovers, seasoned experts, late bloomers and foodies alike.  

There will be a variety of talks, demonstrations, entertainment and shopping offers a bumper crop for garden lovers, seasoned experts, late bloomers, families and foodies.

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What's On

An abundance of stalls for learning, shopping as well as serving delicious food will be on hand.

On the grounds of Ballymaloe House there will be stalls selling plants, garden accessories, seed swapping, local food heroes and more.

We are very excited that new for 2017 we have an extensive Fringe Festival programme hosted by Francis Nesbitt of Croan Cottages in Kilkenny (details below).  

Expert plant advice will be available throughout the festival from 10.30 to 16.00 in the Walled Garden from Tanguy de Toulgoet, Hugh Cassidy and Fiona Kelly and throughout the weekend in the tent on the sunken garden of the Ballymaloe Walled Garden, there will be a wide range of talks, demonstrations and screenings as detailed below.

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Talks & Events

Speakers 2017

Alan Power

Caroline Holmes

Darina Allen

Debbie Shaw

Helen Dillon

Iona Murray

Mags Coughlan

Klaus Laitenberger

Malcolm Kitt

Alison Henderson

Shane Lehane

Susan Turner


All Talks will take place in the Carrigaun Room at Ballymaloe Grainstore

Saturday Sept 2nd
  • 10AM - Susan Turner: Summer Pruning: Peaches, plums and pears
  • 11AM - Malcolm Kitt Floral Frolics
  • 12 - Debbie Shaw: Eat yourself well with foraged foods and goodies from your garden given by Naturopathic Nutritionist.
  • 1PM - Shane Lehane: Vernacular Traditions in Ireland: Forgotten Skills
  • 2PM - Klaus Laitenberger + Susan Turner: Organic Veg Walk (in the walled garden): weeds, pests and diseases
  • 4PM - Caroline Holmes: The story behind Monet’s Water Lilies.
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Sunday Sept 3rd
  • 10AM - Alan Power The History and Management of the Gardens at ‘Stourhead’ in Wiltshire, one of the finest gardens in Europe
  • 11AM - Susan Turner & Klaus Laitenberger Organic Veg Walk: weeds, pests and diseases
  • 12 - Helen Dillon Moving House - Only the best to come.
  • 1PM - Alan Power: Amazing Gardens and my journey through them.
  • 2PM - Caroline Holmes Step into the Ballymaloe Walled Garden for a family tour of tall tales and fantastic facts – Family event
  • 3PM - Susan Turner & Mags Coughlan: Organic veg walk (walled garden), overwintering crops.
  • 4PM - Hazel Allen: Flowers at Ballymaloe
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Garden Fringe Festival

The Garden Fringe Festival will take place in the Ballymaloe Walled Garden. The Ballymaloe Gardeners will be on hand in the garden to answer questions. 

This year will see an expanded Fringe Festival programme with a theme of self-sufficiency and ecological awareness. There will be something for everyone among the 25 activites held in the Ballymaloe Walled Garden.  Fringe talks and demonstrations include: 

  • Growing vegetables on your windowsill
  • The buzz about bees and bee keeping
  • Bio-diversity and wildlife in your garden
  • How to grow herbs
  • Keeping and caring for Alpacas
  • Potager style growing

Expert plant advice is on offer from Tanguy de ToulgoetHugh Cassidyand Fiona Kennedy in the walled garden on both days.

Fringe Schedule

Saturday Sept 2nd
  • 10.15 - 10.45 How to Grow Herbs - A herb growing workshop with Greta McCarthy O'Brien / Demo
  • 10.45 - 11.15 Windowsill Gardener - Melissa O'Niell / Demo
  • 11.15 - 11.45 Ponds and Wildlife Gardening - Frances Gallagher / Banter
  • 11.45 - 12.30 Gardeners Questiontime - Klaus Laitenberger, Hugh Cassidy, Susan Turner / Banter
  • 12.45 - 13.15 Small Holding and Self Provision - Case studies - Francis Nesbitt / Banter
  • 13.15 - 13.45 Edible Flowers - Anna Hogan, Flower Farmers Ireland / Demo
  • 13.45 - 14.15 Keeping and Caring for Sheep - Suzanna Crampton / Demo
  • 14.15 - 15.00 Bulb Lasagne - How to plant a pot with layers of bulbs - Melissa O'Niell / Demo
  • 15.15 - 15.45 The Buzz About Bees and Bee Keeping - Shane Lehane of Yellow House / Demo
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Sunday Sept 3rd
  • 10.15 - 10.45 Windowsill Gardener - Melissa O'Niell / Demo
  • 10.45 - 11.15 Edible Flowers - Anna Hogan, Flower Farmers Ireland / Demo
  • 11.15 - 11.45 Bio-Diversity and Wildlife in your Garden - Mags Morrissey, Frances Gallagher, Tanguy de Toulgoet / Banter
  • 11.45 - 12.30 Starting out with Pigs - Irish Pigs Society founder Dermot Allen, Margaret Griffin, Martha Roberts / Demo
  • 12.45 - 13.30 Starting from Scratch - Small Holding Case Studies - Oliver Nolan, Rachel Hardiman and Susan Maxwell / Banter
  • 13.45 - 14.15 Marketing and Selling your Produce - Suzanna Crampton, Oliver Nolan, Gaelic Escargot / Banter
  • 14.15 - 14.45 Potger Style Growing - Tanguy de Toulgoet / Banter
  • 14.45 - 15.15 Keeping and Caring for Alpaca - Paul Macdonnell of Hushabye Alpaca Farm and President of Alpaca Assoc. of Ireland
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THE POWER OF BIO-CHAR - Natasha Harty will be talking about this throughout the weekend in the walled garden.

Scheduled edible adventures (10am & 2pm both days) abound during foraging walks with Alison Henderson from Colstoud Cookery School in Edinburgh.  Alison will share her boundless knowledge on how and what to forage.  €5 suppliment applies. 

Garden Stalls

10.15 - 10.45 How to Grow Herbs - A herb growing workshop with Greta McCarthy O'Brien / Demo

Greta McCarthy O'Brien is originally from Cloyne and is coming back to be part of the Ballymaloe Garden Fringe Festival on Saturday 2 Sept at 10.15 to give a herb growing workshop / demo and promote her book book 'Greta's Herbs'.

Ballymaloe Garden Festival Gallery

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