SOLD OUT - KILLRUDDERY CUT FLOWERS PRESENTS: PLAN + PROPAGATE YOUR OWN ECOLOGICALLY RICH, DELICIOUS + BOUNTIFUL VEGETABLE + FLOWER GARDEN WITH ALYS FOWLER

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€165,00 per person

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About this experience

SUNDAY 26TH MARCH


ADULT: €165


ADULT MEMBER: €148.50


TIME: 10.00 - 16.00


PLACE: THE GARDEN ROOM + GRAIN STORE


 


EVENT DESCRIPTION


We invite you to join us on Sunday, 26th March to learn how to plan and propagate your own ecologically-rich and sustainable edible garden with renowned food grower, Alys Fowler (@alysf), known for her previous presenting role on BBC Gardener’s World and gardening column in The Guardian Weekend Magazine.


During this workshop we will look at how to grow using polyculture methods, the art of growing a variety of different plants together, resulting in an intricate garden design that celebrates biodiversity as well as deliciousness. Alys’ approach is to create a permanent framework of trees, climbers, shrubs and perennials which will grow alongside a healthy harvest of vegetables, that you can rely upon year on year to fill a weekly vase of flowers.


To begin, Alys will guide you through the principles of polyculture growing focusing on suitable flowers that are either edible or can be used medicinally and still work as cut flowers. This will include looking at annual, perennial and bulb flowers and how to incorporate them to gain the maximum benefit for the wider ecology.


In the afternoon Alys will discuss soil health and fertility, which is the cornerstone of this form of gardening. This will include looking at mulches, composts and microbial-rich feeds to benefit all of the garden, foliar feeds for cut flower production and garden ferments to increase certain key nutrients required for good flowers and fruit formation. From here participants will learn about propagation and plant health, including making natural hormone solutions to improve rooting in cuttings and seedlings. Finally, we will look at various, simple solutions for plant supports to maximise both vegetable growing, cut flower production and create ecological niches to improve insect life.


With limited slots available to ensure the workshop remains intimate and each individual receives plenty of guidance throughout the day, all materials for this workshop are provided, and everyone will leave the workshop with Alys’ choice varieties of seed packs, along with an understanding of how to apply the knowledge gained during this workshop, in your own garden. You are encouraged to bring along plans and pictures of your own garden to help achieve this.


This workshop is hosted by Lady Fionnuala Aston-Ardee in our light filled Garden Room, with a welcome tea/coffee on arrival, a two-course lunch in The Grain Store with a menu designed by Head Chef Niall O’Sullivan using produce from our Walled Gardens, and a glass of bubbles or mocktail to toast to a beautiful day.


ABOUT ALYS FOWLER


Alys Fowler is passionate about gardening and food and combines this love to create ecologically-rich gardens that feed not just us, but all the wildlife too. She is a professional horticulturist who trained at New York Botanical Garden, RHS Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London. She was the gardening correspondent for The Guardian Newspaper for over 12 years and presenter of BBC Gardener’s World, and writes regularly for Gardens Illustrated, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer Newspapers. She has written eight gardening books and currently gardens on a hillside in Mid Wales.


WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?



  • This workshop is for anyone who wants to create a beautiful edible garden with room for plenty of flowers

  • This workshop is for complete beginners and intermediate practitioners and those looking to explore and expand the art of growing and cultivating edible and cut flowers

  • Those looking to gain confidence in mixing both annual and perennial vegetables and flowers together

  • Anyone looking to spend time with like-minded individuals doing something new and creative


FAQ:



  • All materials are supplied

  • Please wear warm thick soled shoes, and dress to suit the day’s weather

  • Please allow yourself plenty of time to get here, park in our main car park and follow signs to Killruddery Farm Shop 



Testimonials

Seasonal Supper Club - Everything perfect from beginning to end, atmospheric setting, wonderful staff and service, the food was so fresh and full of flavour and presented so well, a credit to the head chef Niall, whose visit to each table also made it special. A credit to the whole team, we will definitely be back.

Stephen, Wicklow