Date: 02 & 03 Sept 2017

Time: 10am to 6pm

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

Ballymaloe Garden Festival

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

The Ballymaloe Garden Festival on the grounds at Ballymaloe House welcomes experts for an extensive programme of classes in everything from growing a wildlife friendly garden, what to grow to attract bees and butterflies, growing organic fruit and veg, designing your garden from scratch.

All scheduled talks will take place in the Carrigaun room at the back of The Ballymaloe Grainstore this year and Fringe Events and Stalls will be in the Ballymaloe Walled Garden, Ballymaloe Grainstore, Drinks Theatre and Big Shed. There will be live music and lots of garden shopping and family fun.

Ballymaloe Good Living Day

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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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
  • 15.45 - 16.15 Vanishing of the Bees - Documentary / Screening
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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
  • 15.15 - 16.00 Vanishing of the Bees - Documentary / Screening
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THE POWER OF BIO-CHAR - Natasha Harty will be demonstrating in the walled garden throughout the weekend. 

FORAGING WALKS & TALKS will also be available with Alison Henderson on both days for €5 per person - times to be confirmed. 

Talks & Events

Speakers 2017

Alan Power

Caroline Holmes

Darina Allen

Debbie Shaw

Helen Dillon

Iona Murray

Mags Coughlan

Klaus Laitenberger

Malcolm Kitt

Neil Porteous

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
  • 3PM - Darina Allen: Grow & Cook Book launch & question time
  • 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
per month

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. 

The main festival talks will be held in the Carrigaun Room and the Garden Fringe talks and demos will be held in the tent in the sunken garden of the Ballymaloe Walled Garden.

Garden Stalls

Ballymaloe Harvest Show

Bring along your home-grown and home-baked goodies and take part in our Harvest show.
Entries should be delivered to the Book Shop at the Ballymaloe Grainstore between 9 am and 11 am on Sunday morning.  Return any time after 2pm to see if you are a winner - the entries will be marked and available for collection between 2pm and 4pm. 
€2 per entry. Prizes awarded to winning entry in each category.

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