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“The Right Plant for the Right Place – How to Make the Most of Plants for your Garden”.

Our Plant Lover’s day on 19th June 2016 from 11-4pm will make the perfect gardeners’ day out for an organized gardening club, a society trip, individuals or a group of friends – browse the plants, get some advice, get some afternoon tea, and enjoy one of Ireland’s largest Victorian Walled Gardens!

Festina Lente will be celebrating all things horticultural from a range of nurseries selling unusual plants, shrubs, herbs, trees, bulbs.

We have two special guest speakers on the day.

Talk 1 at 11:30am

Dr Philip Havercroft from Leamore Nurseries will be doing a 30 minute talk on the day at 11:30am on “Peonies – their cultivation and the benefits of modern breeding.”
Dr Havercroft will be covering peonies’ botanical classification, followed by cultivation, pests and diseases, and then flower forms. He will be discussing the benefits of modern breeding has brought to the garden worthiness of the newer varieties and why, consequently, they justify their slightly higher prices and he will finish with a quick look at the latest news in peony breeding, the intersectional or Itoh hybrids, and show how these are taking the peony world by storm.

Talk 2 at 2pm

We are delighted to announce that Carmel Duignan will be our second expert speaker this year and Carmel Duignan will be speaking in the afternoon at 2pm. 
Carmel is a very well renowned gardening writer and former television producer. A self-confessed plantaholic and who has created a beautiful garden in Shankill, County Dublin, she has amassed an extraordinary collection of plants – from old, familiar favorites to plants that are on the cutting edge of tenderness, rarity and style. Old and new have been plaited together with flair and artistry and the resulting combinations of colour, shape and texture produce pleasing and innovative compositions throughout the garden.

Plant Fairs are great places to see lots of nurseries all in one place and to find those special plants perfect for your unique garden.

Baked treats, drinks & snacks will also be available in Festina Lente so you can potter the day away in our beautiful Victorian Walled Gardens.

We will have Leaf Printing on Linen hands-on workshop on during the Plant Fair so you can take home a beautiful leaf print.

We will have tours of our Victoria Walled Gardens and it’s history on during the day as well.  Take a tour of our new Sensory Integration Trail and learn about all the unusual plants growing on the trail which were specially chosen to give year round colour.  The sensory trail was designed and planted by Award Winning Garden Designer Oliver Shurmann from Mount Venus Nursery and Festina Lente Horticulturists.

If you are interested in having a stall at our Plant Fair please contact Andrea at or ring 0877373703.