15th - 20th October
KELLY’S KITCHEN GARDEN/HEAD GARDDENER DEIRDRE HOWLIN
Deirdre Howlin is Kelly Resort Hotel’s Head Gardener. With an impressive horticultural background and holding a BSc honours in Horticulture, Deirdre is a bundle of energy, having run her own Grange Green Plant centre and co-owned and managed the Tower Escargot Snail Farm. Deirdre works full-time with Bill and Kelly’s Executive Chef, Eugene Callaghan, on the different varieties of seasonal vegetables ensuring the hotel gets maximum yields from the ground, while giving back to the land at the same time.
Monday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
TV PRESENTER & AUTHOR – JIMI BLAKE
Join us for an exciting Gardening Midweek with Jimi Blake, a highly regarded author, TV presenter, and the proud owner of Hunting Brook Gardens in Blessington, Co Wicklow. Prepare to embark on a captivating journey through the seasons at Hunting Brook Gardens, which have gained widespread acclaim as one of Ireland’s most dynamic, interesting, and innovative horticultural wonders.
Jimi’s passion for horticulture blossomed during his training at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, where he honed his skills as a horticulturist. Building upon this foundation, he went on to become the Head Gardener at Airfield House in Dundrum, Dublin. Here, he undertook a remarkable transformation of a grand Victorian garden, breathing new life into its once-forgotten magnificence and allowing the public to rediscover and appreciate its hidden splendor.
As a regular TV host on “Ireland’s Garden Heroes,” Jimi’s love for plants has been widely celebrated. His insights and experiences are beautifully captured in his new book, “A Beautiful Obsession,” a must-read for any plant enthusiast.
Not only is Jimi an expert in his field, but he also serves as a distinguished gardening consultant and planting designer. His expertise has taken him across the globe, where he captivates audiences with his enthralling talks and presentations, sharing his wealth of knowledge. Through his international lectures, he has forged connections with fellow horticulture enthusiasts and inspired countless individuals with his innovative and visionary approaches to gardening.
During our Gardening Midweek, Jimi’s keen eye for design, imaginative plant combinations, and unique perspectives on gardening are guaranteed to captivate and inspire us all. This is an event not to be missed, as we delve into the world of Jimi Blake and discover the beauty and creativity that Hunting Brook Gardens has to offer.
Tuesday & Wednesday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
KELLY’S GARDEN TOUR with our Head Gardener Deirdre Howlin
Thursday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
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September Health & Wellness
27th August - 29th September
Are you looking for a way to reduce stress and improve your quality of life? Join us this September for a series of talks and meditation classes focused on relaxation, and stress reduction.
Improve your Bridge
8th - 13th October
For beginners we provide a solid foundation to kickstart your bridge journey. For improvers, we offer advanced strategies and in-depth analysis, helping you take your game to the next level.
15th - 20th October
Discover the beauty of gardening with our expert-led workshops – cultivate your knowledge and bring your garden to life!
Wine Tasting Midweek
5th - 10th November
Want to learn more about wine? We have two renowned producers visiting this midweek. Together they will share their passion and appreciation for wine and the land that produces it.
15th - 20th November
Indulge your taste buds and ignite your passion for cooking during our cooking demonstrations midweek. Join the experts to unlock culinary delights and master the art of flavour-packed dishes!
Health, Beauty & Wellness Midweek
20th – 25th November
A compassionate workshop on the path to inner peace. Overcome fears, anxiety, and rejuvenate your body through meditation and energising practices.
26th November - 1st December
Orla Walsh is famed for the Ketchup collection. Join Orla and create one of your own masterpieces from her wonderful collection.
3rd - 9th December
Master the moves, & embrace the rhythm with Michelle Allonzi. Learn how to waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, cha cha cha and salsa!