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Grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs in your kitchen garden or allotment with confidence!

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 2020.

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 Horticulturists 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!

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

Series 2 2020


February (Workshop 1)
23rd of February 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

March (Workshop 2)
22nd of March 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

April (Workshop 3)
19th of April 2020
Time: 10am – 11.30am

May (Workshop 4)
24th of May 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

September (Workshop 5)
20th of September 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

October (Workshop 6)
18th of October 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

November (Workshop 7)
22nd of November 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop 1

Vegetable Growing

Gain an understanding of how best to grow vegetables.

Understand the nutrients that vegetables need to successfully grow.

Classification of vegetables and the families they belong to.

Produce a crop rotation. We will also discuss catch cropping. 

Workshop 2

Potato Growing

Gain an appreciation of how to grow potatoes.                                     

Correct timing of planting and harvesting potatoes.

Understand timing of planting both onions and garlic to crop twice a year.

Be able to plant out seed potatoes, garlic and onions into allotment or garden.

Plant potatoes using containers.

Workshop 3

Sowing and Growing

Understand the various techniques in sowing both under cover and in situ.

Get to know the techniques to enable you to produce vegetables throughout the growing season.                           

Avoid the problem of producing glut amounts of vegetables.

Workshop 4

Weed Maintenance of Kitchen Gardens             

May is normally the time when a weed explosion occurs in the vegetable garden.

Gain an understanding on how and why weeds tend to cause such problems; if we understand how they grow and reproduce, we can learn how to better to manage this problem.                 

Understand and identify a selection of both annual / perennial weeds and the various approaches to controlling them.

Workshop 5

Green Manure
How to condition your soil for the Winter and better retain soil fertility.

What to grow in your allotment for the rest of the year. 

Workshop 6

Fruit Growing for the Kitchen Garden

We will look at a selection of standard fruit trees and soft fruit, and you’ll gain an understanding on how to maximise crops by using the the right pruning technique and correct timing to prune.

Gain practical experience into planting and managing a selection of top as well as soft fruit.

Workshop 6

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

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Price

The Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener series in 2020 is only €95 for the seven Workshops.  We do not offer the workshops individually – they must be purchased as a series of seven.

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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.
  • Date swaps are allowed where available.
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