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Festina Lente Victorian Walled Gardens & Garden Centre are delighted to be able to offer a series of gardening workshops presented by our qualified horticulturists in 2018.

If you would love to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables in your allotment or garden successfully but you are not sure how best to go about it then these are the workshops for you!

You will gain the knowledge and skills to successfully grow vegetables, fruits and herbs, learn what works for your kitchen garden, what not to grow and what you can grow to supply your family with fresh produce for the whole year.  Our experienced Horticulturist will deliver the workshops, right here in Co Wicklow in an informal and enjoyable setting of Festina Lente Walled Gardens in Bray.

These are practical courses as well learning theory. All seeds and tools are supplied as part of the course.  All Attendees also get 10% off Garden Plants & Tools from our Garden Centre on the day of the Workshops!

Visit our Garden Centre where we sell a variety of plants, seeds, bulbs, garden equipment and matured horse manure.  Facilities: Free Parking, Toilets, Wheelchair Accessible, Dog Friendly, Terrapin Sanctuary, Historical Guided Tours,  Picnic’s allowed, Outdoor Café. View our Allotments and Community Garden areas. Festina Lente is a non-profit charity and all profits from these workshops go to the upkeep of the gardens and providing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener 2018

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 1

Group 1:
Sunday, February 04, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Learn the best aspect to growing vegetables.
Understand the nutrients that vegetables need to successfully grow.
Classification of vegetables and the families they belong to.
Produce a crop rotation.

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 2

Group 1:
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Gain an understanding of potato varieties.
Correct timing and harvesting potatoes.
Understand timing of planting both onions and garlic to crop twice a year.
Be able to plant out seed potatoes and onions into allotment or garden.
Plant potatoes using containers.

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 3

Group 1:
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Sow a variety of seed undercover.
Sow seed in the open ground and on your plot or garden.

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 4

Group 1:
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Weed Maintenance of Kitchen Garden.
Understand annual / perennial weeds.
Various approaches to weed control.
Catch Cropping.

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 5

Group 1:
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Green Manure.
How to condition your soil for the Winter.
Methods of propagation.
Grapes, Roses & Kiwi Herbaceous plants.

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 6

Group 1:
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Fruit Selection for the Kitchen Garden
Methods used in the growing of Fruit
Identify and plant a variety of Soft Fruit and top fruit

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Workshop 7

Group 1:
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

A Year in Review.
What worked well and what did not work so well in your Kitchen Garden.
Questions and answer session

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Price

We will be running the seven Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener in 2018 at a low cost price of only €95 for the seven Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener workshops!   We do not offer the Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener workshops individually, they must be purchased as a series of seven.

Booking Information:

Click here to book your place on these 7 workshops

For more details ring: 087 3293680 or email: gardenshop@festinalente.ie