Southern Symposium at Kells Bay Gardens

The Southern Symposium is a semi-formal fun gathering of Ireland’s plants-people held every Autumn at Kells Bay. Since 2014 the Symposium has been addressed by a veritable Who’s Who of the International and Irish horticultural Community. There are formal presentations by the guest speakers, an informal tour of Kells Bay Gardens, a buffet lunch, and a Symposium Dinner.

This year’s Symposium takes place 30th September – 2nd October 2022.

2022 guest speakers are:

John Anderson – Keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park, England
“A Head Gardener’s journey from Mount Usher to Windsor”.

Darach Lupton PhD – Curator – National Botanic Gardens
“Hop, Skip and Jump – the Curious Distribution of some of Ireland’s most Enigmatic Native Plants.”

Robert Wilson-Wright – Plant explorer & Proprietor Coolcarigan Gardens
“Isle of Bliss The remote island of Socotra”

Alasdair Moore, Head of Gardens & Estate, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
‘Tresco and Heligan: plants, history and meaning.’

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