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Festina Lente Victorian Walled Gardens & Garden Centre are looking forward to offering a series of adult gardening workshops presented by our qualified horticulturists in 2020.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to successfully compost your waste, learn how to deal with garden pests and diseases, learn  about growing herbs and protected crops under cover, and finally learn all about plant propagation!

Our experienced Horticulturist will deliver the workshops in theinformal 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!

Sunday 27th September 2020

Time 2:00 – 3:30pm

Composting is the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, producing an excellent soil improver.
We will look at the following in this workshop:
• How to build a compost bay.
• The correct location in your Garden
• How to make the best compost to enrich your soil
• What material to add to the compost bay to create the best compost and correct procedures in doing so

Sunday 11th October 2020

Time 2:00 – 3:30pm

Pest and Disease control
We will look at the following in this workshop:
• Identify the most troublesome pests and diseases
• Discover how to control pests and diseases through the integrated pest management system. This will give the grower a basic understanding on how to manage crops using an IPM system. The IPM programme will be covered in detail on the day
• How Pests and diseases influence the growth, quality and yield of vegetable and ornamental plants.
• Gain an understanding and appreciation on how pest and diseases develop on crops

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Time 2:00 – 3:30pm

Introduction to growing herbs
We will look at the following in this workshop:
• How to create and design an herb garden
• Most popular 20 culinary herbs
• The best way to cultivate herbs
• Yearly maintenance
• Harvesting techniques.

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Time 2:00 – 3:30pm

Growing protected crops under cover
This workshop will cover different covers to use to improve plant growth, allowing the growing season to start earlier and finish later/

Sunday 28th of February 2021

Time 2:00 – 3:30pm

Plant Propagation
In this workshop we will take time to look closely at the different methods in which one can increase their own stock of plants from home. Learn the skills and techniques required to properly increase plant supply for a lower cost to you.
• Plant Division
• Tree grafting
• Cuttings / Striking
• Seed sowing/ Seed collection
• Layering

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.

We will be running the Workshops in 2020 at a low cost price of only €65! We do not offer these workshops individually, they must be purchased as a series of five.

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For more details ring: 087 3293680 or email:

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations 4 weeks or greater before start date – Full refund
  • Cancellations 3 weeks before start date – €25 administration fee.
  • Cancellations 2 weeks before start date – €50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations 1 weeks before start date – no refunds.
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