CANCELLED - This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Saturday 14 March 2020 - FULL DAY SEMINAR - Registration @10am
RHSI Seminar “Sustainable Gardening”
Featuring Nigel Dunnett, Alys Fowler and Professor John Fitzgerald
Members €80 / Non Members €100 / Students €40
Alys Fowler is a gardener, writer and presenter.She writes a weekly column on gardening for The Guardian Weekend Magazine. She has contributed to Gardens Illustrated, The Observer Food Monthly, The National Geographic and Country Living. Alys trained at Royal Horticultural Society Wisley, The New York Botanical Gardens, and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. She has presented on BBC's Gardeners' World, The Great British Garden Revival, Our Food, and her own six-part series The Edible Garden. She regularly contributes to radio. She has keen interest in agriculture and food politics and is setting up an urban farm in Birmingham. She also teaches garden history, specialising in Italian gardens of the Renaissance era. She is fascinated by urban nature and how we make space for it.
John FitzGerald is Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council and is the leading expert in climate change in Ireland today. He is an adjunct professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD. He is a former research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is currently also a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland. Between 2003 and 2007 he was a member of the board of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation.
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, and is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to planting design. He is a plantsman, designer and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input but high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature. In 2016 Nigel was appointed as an Ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society to spearhead their ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign, and is a former Garden Club of America International Fellow. Nigel has authored and co-authored key books on planting design, water-sensitive design, and urban rainwater management. Nigel is a gold medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In November 2018 Nigel won Landscape Institute Award 2018 for Planting Design, Public Horticulture and Strategic Ecology, and the Fellows Prize for Most Outstanding Project, both for The Barbican, London. In 2019 he was awarded the North American Perennial Plant Association’s International Impact Award for his work in naturalistic planting design.
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