7 - 12 April

Frances MacDonald has worked in gardening for over 35 years. She trained in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. After a spell in Japan, she worked in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Her husband, Iain runs a design and landscaping business and they open their garden – The Bay Garden – in Camolin, Co Wexford to the public during the summer months. She has worked as the series consultant on the RTE Radio 1 programme ‘Planting Passions’ and she and Iain have featured in the ‘Garden Heaven’ programme on RTE television. She has also been a judge for the Garden Heaven Show, the All Ireland National Garden Competition, Harrogate Flower Show, Hillsborough Show and now judges at Bloom. She has a monthly column in The Irish Garden magazine. She also lectures to clubs and organisations. Frances is Garden Tours Manager with the Travel Department and organises and guides tours in Ireland, to the major horticultural shows and gardens in England, Madeira, Italy, France, Wales, Scotland, Japan, China, the States and South Africa.  

Monday & Tuesday 11.00am - 1.00pm

Gerry Daly is an Irish gardener, garden designer and media personality and editor of The Irish Garden magazine. He has featured, over a period of nearly 40 years, on multiple radio and television programmes on RTÉ and BBC Northern Ireland channels, and has contributed, as he still does, regular columns for Irish newspapers and magazines, over more than 30 years, including the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent and the Farmers Journal.  Join Gerry for this exclusive workshop as he will share his extensive knowledge and passion for gardening. 

Wednesday 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.


Visit the newly designed gardens at Tintern Abbey, which date back to the early 1800s.  Beautifully designed on two and a half acres, these gardens are a must-visit destination on the Hook Peninsula.

Thursday 11.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m.


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