Carlow Garden Festival: A Gardening Paradise Beckons

Prepare to immerse yourself in the verdant wonders of County Carlow as the highly anticipated Carlow Garden Festival opens its gates to gardening enthusiasts at the end of July. Organized by Carlow Garden Trail, this esteemed annual festival has earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s premier garden events and will delight visitors from July 29 to August 5.

Marking its twenty-first year, this week-long extravaganza boasts a lineup of eighteen acclaimed gardeners and garden designers hailing from Ireland and the UK. They will offer an enticing array of activities, including specialist talks, captivating garden tours, and informative workshops. Among the esteemed guests are renowned figures such as Nick Bailey, presenter of BBC’s Gardeners’ World, the talented gardener and writer Alasdair Moore, and the esteemed BBC presenter, gardener, and writer Alys Fowler.

The festival will unfold across various stunning locations throughout Carlow, showcasing the region’s natural beauty. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore remarkable gardens such as Huntington Castle in Clonegal, Shankill Castle in Paulstown, and Hardymount Gardens in Tullow, among others.

The Carlow Garden Festival, scheduled from July 29th to August 5th, promises an unforgettable experience for gardening enthusiasts. Delve into a vibrant program of events tailored to delight green thumbs of all levels of expertise.

Robert Miller, chairperson of the Carlow Garden Trail, unveiled this year’s program, emphasizing the increasingly vital role gardening has played in our lives, particularly during the pandemic. Gardening is renowned for its ability to reduce stress, enhance mental well-being, strengthen our immune systems, build physical resilience, and improve memory.

Miller expressed his excitement about the festival, stating, “Visitors to this year’s event will have the opportunity to gain practical information and invaluable advice from renowned gardening and horticultural experts, many of whom are visiting from the UK and would otherwise be accessible only through a TV screen. From beginners to seasoned enthusiasts, there is something for everyone, blending traditional gardening values with a focus on biodiversity to create an ideal garden space.”

Adding to the festivities, attendees can indulge in two evenings of delectable long-table suppers, delightful afternoon teas, and tantalizing evening meals along the picturesque Carlow Garden Trail, providing the perfect culinary complement to the horticultural delights on offer at the Carlow Garden Festival.

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Airfield Estate Gardens

Ardan Garden

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballyedmond Castle Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Demesne

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dawros Gallery & Garden

Dower House

Dromana House and Gardens

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

Hunting Brook Gardens

Irish National Stud and Gardens – The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra’s Garden

Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens

June Blake’s Garden

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Kilgar Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens

Killyreagh Garden

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kilravock Garden

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens


Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Seanabea Cottage


Strokestown Park Gardens

Tourin House & Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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