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Winter & Christmas Floral Design Demonstrations

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Nov 13, 2017 3:29:43 PM

Ever wondered how to create a show-stopping Christmas centrepiece for the dining table or a beautiful festive wreath?

Join some of the brightest stars in the Irish floral industry at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in North County Wicklow, where they will demonstrate a selection of festive floral pieces to inspire you to make your own at home. The demonstrations take place on November 15th, 23rd and 29th at 11am in Powerscourt Estate’s Garden Pavilion, located in Enniskerry just minutes from South County Dublin.

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Our floral designers’ easy step by step designs and top tips will get you one step ahead with your Christmas preparations. Using the finest foliages, flowers and berries along with pine cones and cinnamon, you will learn how to add a little extra Christmas magic to your home.

The workshops will feature one of Ireland’s emerging young talents, Harumi Langford whose Japanese influenced contemporary style has won her many admirers. Brenda Joyce from the Association of Floral Artists will create warming wreaths, gorgeous garlands and traditional table pieces. Lastly, Janette O’Rourke, owner of Kay’s Flower School will be sharing her 30 years’ experience in the industry with easy to copy designs for your home.

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So come along and create something bright and beautiful for your home this Christmas. Tickets are €5 including refreshments.

They are available for purchase online from www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

There will be a raffle of the items created at the demonstration. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

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Ho Ho Ho Santa is coming to Powerscourt House!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 2, 2017 10:19:28 AM

We hope you’ve been good this year, because the Big Guy is coming back. From the 25th November to the 23rd December inclusive, Mr Claus himself (and his elves too) will be at Avoca in Powerscourt House, Enniskerry County Wicklow awaiting your visit.

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While the adults relax with a coffee or snack in the Terrace Café, the little ones will be enchanted to meet Santa and his elves - even Santa’s animals will be there at the stables in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. From deer, miniature donkeys and pygmy goats to rabbits and guinea pigs, children and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the stables, free of charge.

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Of course, as well as Santa, there’s fabulous gift shopping, delicious food and free parking, plus the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens where you can finish off your visit with a crisp winter walk. All Santa bookings come with an exclusive offer of a promotional Family Ticket price to the Powerscourt Gardens.

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Tickets cost €10 and are non-refundabe. They can be booked online from Monday 9th October. Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list on our home-page to get alerts!

Santa tickets may only be purchased online from the Avoca website via this link from October 9th. All sales are final.

Once transaction complete, no refunds, cancellations or exchanges will be accepted.

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Topics: Events, Santa, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Powerscourt Gardens, Powerscourt House

Win €250 worth of autumn plants!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 19, 2017 3:48:31 PM

Be in with a chance to win some stylish autumn and winter plants to adorn your front door, patio, back garden or garden landscaping. We have €250 worth of plants to give away to one lucky winner!!

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Whether you are looking for an instant burst of colour, an elegant look, a sunny, tropical style, a warm welcome or a natural, woodland style our horticulturalists will give you a personalised shopping experience to help you select what will best suit your garden.

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Enter our competition and choose from fabulous berried Plants and different textured blooms and foliage. Get your winter garden looking chic and cheerful with Powerscourt Garden Pavilion!

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Howl-A-Ween Dog Costume Contest!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 19, 2016 1:12:14 PM

Does your pooch have the cutest Halloween outfit? Or maybe the most fur raising?

Enter Powerscourt Garden Pavilion's Dog Halloween Costume Contest to find out!

Upload a photo of your dog in costume to our Facebook page or email a photo to marketing@powerscourt.net to be in with a chance to win. 

We will have a lovely prize of some fabulous dogcessories and treats for the lucky winning canine :)

Be sure to include your name, dog's name, breed, age of dog and hometown when sending us your photo.

The competition closes at 4pm on November 1st.

Our team will pick our favourite costume. 

So come on and enter your top dog! You'd be barking mad not to ;)

Don't forget to Like us on Facebook.

Sorry, we do have some rules too....
The winner must be able to collect the prize.
The prize cannot exchange for monetary value.

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Dahlia Masterclass with Christopher White

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 9, 2016 11:58:55 AM

Join Christopher White, one of Ireland’s foremost dahlia growers, floral designers and demonstrators for a fascinating talk on the beautiful Dahlia plant.

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As Chairperson of the Irish Dahlia Society Christopher knows his stuff! Selling dahlias to botanic gardens all over the world, Christopher specialises in exhibition dahlias and garden varieties. He is an award winning grower and floral designer and a medal winner at Bloom and Chelsea every year since 2010.

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This dahlia workshop is suitable for both experienced and beginner dahlia growers. Learn about growing and cultivating Dahlias, staking and planting, how to look after them and pest control.

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The talk takes place on Saturday 14th of May at 2pm in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. Limited tickets are available and must be booked in advance on their website: www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

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SAVE THE DATE for Gardening Classes at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Apr 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Calling all passionate and budding gardeners! Now spring has arrived, gardeners across Ireland are bursting to get outdoors and start enjoying their gardens. Get your notebook to the ready and head to Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in North Wicklow for a series of talks and workshops from their gardening experts. Upcoming events include:

Hanging Basket & Container Gardens to suit every home

2nd May, 11 – 12pm, free of charge

Containers offer great versatility and are a fantastic way to experiment with planting and design. You don’t have to limit yourself to just using flowers. Shrubs will thrive in containers with little care and can be a great focal point in your garden. Join Powerscourt horticulturalists for a free gardening talk and get ideas on planting for the summer season.

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Free Plant Up Service for Pots & Containers

9th to 13th May, 9.30am – 5.30pm, free of charge

Would you like colourful window boxes, eye-catching hanging baskets and fabulous pot planters this summer? Bring along your old pots, baskets, window-boxes, wellies or favourite container to Powerscourt Garden Pavilion and they will plant them up for you. The only cost to you will be the plants you use, the time and labour is on them!

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Dahlia Cultivation & Care Masterclass

14th May, 2 – 3pm, free of charge

Join Christopher White, one of Ireland’s foremost dahlia growers, floral designers and demonstrators for a fascinating talk on the beautiful Dahlia plant. As Chairperson of the Irish Dahlia Society Christopher knows his stuff! Selling dahlias to botanic gardens all over the world, Christopher specialises in exhibition dahlias and garden varieties. This dahlia workshop is a must for both experienced and beginner dahlia growers.

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Children’s Hanging Basket Workshop

15th May, 2 – 3pm, €5

A lovely family event to ‘grow’ a love of nature and who knows even ‘sow’ an interest in gardening for life! Each child will have a lovely hanging basket to take home with them and the skills to plant up more. Suitable for ages 4 upwards.

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All events take place at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow and must be booked in advance on their website: www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

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Topics: Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events, Gardening, Wicklow

The Purrfect Pet from the Pavilion!

Posted by Carmel Byrne on Feb 10, 2016 3:34:37 PM

 

Introducing Milly!

We have always had a number of feral cats living here at Powerscourt Estate. They are usually found hanging out in the old farm buildings and whilst they serve a purpose in keeping the mice count down we felt it was time to address the issue from a humane point of few. It was heart breaking to see kittens having kittens and then not being able to look after them. My colleague Brenda approached the management team here at Powerscourt and they gave us their full support to undertake a neutering program. We found a wonderful veterinary practice in Roundwood and Bernie and her team agreed to help us out, without costing an arm and a leg! I volunteered to drop the cats in and collect them as I was passing by on my way home.

The first couple were successfully neutered and released back without any drama. I got a call from Justin in the Garden Pavilion to say he had trapped a kitten but it was very small. I called over to collect it on my way home to drop it in to the vets and when I saw the little mite I felt quite emotional. She was so tiny, a jet black ball of shivering fur curled up in the cat trap. It hissed a little as I placed her in the boot of the car, but I never hear another peep out of her all the way to Roundwood. When I got to the vets I left her in the care of the staff but I just couldn’t get her out of my mind. Bernie phoned to say she was a little on the small side but she would go ahead with neutering her, but she had to keep her for an extra night as she was so tiny. Her size indicated a kitten of about 3 months old but she was in fact about 5 months! The following day we trapped the mother and she was quite the opposite well fed and well able to live at the Garden Pavilion! Again I dropped her into the vets and agreed to collect her and the kitten on Saturday morning. I planned to keep them both for the weekend and release them out on Monday. A very different story unfolded.

 I collected them both on Saturday morning and admittedly I was even afraid of the mother feline as she was well and truly wild. The little black kitten on the other hand looked more vulnerable than ever with her bare patch and stitches. I knew I hadn’t the heart to let her back out! Mother cat was getting anxious in the cage and unfortunately I could not let her out as she was too wild to handle, so myself and my two kiddies brought her back to Powerscourt on Sunday morning. My son was concerned that she would bite me when I was holding the cage open but I explained to him that she was planning her escape and not too concerned about my hand. With that she bolted and was gone. The staff in the Garden Pavilion still leave food out for her and the other cats everyday especially as the weather has been so cold.

 We now knew the kitten was female and I had agreed to keep her at home to build her up a bit, but in the back of my mind I knew I wasn’t going to let her go. I didn’t want to build up the children’s hopes just in case things didn’t work out. Rather than having her in the cage that we caught her in we decided to try her in a hamster cage that we had at home. She was so tiny in the hamster cage but she was a lot more content. She used her litter tray immediately and lapped up the warm milk with great gusto. After a couple of days we decided to try and pet her and although she cowered away there was no loss of anyone’s fingers. We did this everyday so she got used to us and each day she got more used the noise and hustle and bustle of a busy household. At this stage it was obvious she was going nowhere so we named her Tilly.

With every passing day she gained weight and grew bigger and is now a member of the family. She sleeps by day under the duvet in the bedroom and in the evening when we arrive home she is hugged, kissed, petted and played with! There are times when she just wants her quiet time and sits on my shoulders and sings but early in the morning she has great energy and is like a bolt of lightning running around the kitchen. She loves chasing shadows, playing ball and playing hard to catch! She is still nervous of outside but in time we will introduce her to a whole new world of adventure and discovery. (For further tips of taming).

 Thanks to my colleague Brenda for initiating this program, to Justin Smyth in the Garden Pavilion for helping us to catch them, to Powerscourt Management for covering the cost of the programme and an especially big thank you goes to Tess and Finn for their patience and love for Tilly, they have done me proud.

 Now is the perfect time to trap and neuter cats before they have Spring kittens.  “Feral” cats are abandoned cats or the offspring of abandoned cats and are not vermin. They are sentient creatures as entitled to life as any “tame” pet. Neutering not only prevents more kittens but it also reduces straying and fighting, and marking by male cats. Contact your local vets and they can refer you to a charity who can loan you a trap and can often help you find a vet offering reduced cost neutering. Roundwood Vets have been very good to us. (It has been relatively easy to “tame” Tilly, using the hamster cage (or a dog crate would work too) to let her experience family life while feeling safe with her own space. Children should be supervised with kittens as the kittens are so delicate and can scratch if they are frightened (when they are sitting on your lap and purring and grip you with their claws this is actually showing affection!). Do share us your stories! For more feral cats advice see http://tinyurl.com/jx8y5h3

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Practical Herbs for Health with Isobel Jordan Keeling

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 18, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Practical Herbs for Health with Isobel Jordan Keeling

Celebrate National Herb Week at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry County Wicklow on May 26th at 11.30am and help a local charity, the Wicklow Hospice. All funds raised at this talk will go to the hospice.

In this talk fully qualified and practicing herbalist, Isobel Jordan Keeling will introduce all the families of herbs that a herbalist uses, and the ailments which can be treated using these herbs. Isobel will demonstrate various home remedies and home recipes that we can all use as part of our own family health care. You will learn about the best times to harvest herbs, and how to prepare teas, oils, tinctures, creams and compresses.

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The cost per ticket is €5 and advance booking is required. For more information on this event visit www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events

Isobel Jordan Keeling is a qualified Herbalist and Naturopath practicing in Windgates, Greystones. She treats clients with a wide variety of ailments, and has a particular interest in the prevention and complimentary treatment of cancer. Isobel leads foraging walks and demonstrations of how to use the wild herbs in teas, creams and much more.

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About Wicklow Hospice

Wicklow Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation set up by the People of Wicklow for the People of Wicklow. Its aims are to improve and promote Palliative Care services in the Community, to bring a Consultant on board and to build a stand-alone specialist unit for the people of Wicklow.  In order to bring this project to fruition they need to raise €2.5 million. 

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Review of Spring & Easter Floral Art at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Mar 24, 2015 11:25:48 AM

With thanks to Kerry Gordon for this review!

"Powerscourt Garden Pavilion is bursting with colour at the moment with Spring flowers blooming and wonderful Easter surprises at every corner. It is amongst this wonderful backdrop that Carol Bone, a legend in the world of floral art, was working her magic!

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This was my first time at a floral art demonstration and I was very fortunate to see such a maestro at work. Carol, who happens to live in my beloved Co. Wicklow, is such a warm, fun and elegant demonstrator and she explained how to create these displays in a manner that even a beginner could follow. It was an entertaining master class by someone who clearly loves what she does and wants to share this in a truly inclusive manner.

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Carol’s key themes are to keep it simple, take your time, prepare in advance and use everything you have in your garden. Spring is my favourite time of year so I was thrilled when she began with a tulip creation that was breathtaking in its simplicity and contemporary look. Contorted willow was placed into the oasis base which was in a flat wooden tray. Leaves such as laurel or ivy were wrapped around hairpins and white tulips fed in-between the willow. Carol explained the importance of keeping structure with different heights - for example in this display you gain movement from the willow and also from the tulips. Condition the tulip like most spring flowers by placing them in a bucket of water, after cutting the ends off the stem, which should help them last a week. During  Spring time it is lovely to have a mixture of branch and blooming flower which works delightfully. Put the willow in first but leave plenty of space for the tulips. Place the heather and some green hypericon berries, which achieve a calming effect, down low to bring your eye down which helps picks up the container. Finally as it nearly Easter Carol placed in some cute bunny rabbits and an egg – just delicious!

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With this display Carol staggered irises and using different lengths she placed them slightly apart. Some were put in the back to bring depth so that the display is not flat. With most designs you start with the foliage first but in this design where there is little space it is better to put the flowers in first. Anemones were then added and finally succulents at the end. A great tip is that you can take the succulents out of the arrangement, put them in gritty soil, and then reuse them again.  Layering was done with Arum maculatum (known more commonly as Lords and Ladies), then some berries were added and the whole display was surrounded by pussy willow. Little bits of foliage were finally placed at the front and back. As with most things take your time and practice makes perfect!

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Starting with a plain green pot Carol took her Ivy Vine and whilst pushing it in she wound it round and around until it looked like a nest. Onto this she placed quail eggs and guinea fowl feathers that can be sourced from any good florists. This is a low arrangement so the tulips and roses were cut short. With the leaves Carol showed us the clever trick of twisting and turning the leaf back onto itself and using them to cover the oasis. So pretty! Again she emphasised not being too fussy in your decorations. Some cultivated Astrantia was added and its fuzzy texture blended wonderfully with the smoothness of the tulips. The result was one of the prettiest Spring displays I have seen.

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Carol pinned Ivy leaves onto the oasis. She took snake grass which is unusual in that it can be manipulated and placed some into the start of the arrangement. Effortlessly she placed yellow Gerberas and Rip Van Winkles, making sure that everything was at different heights. Being careful  to keep space and to keep it unfussy she finally placed in miniature daffodils and the delightful purple Freschias. A work of art in a few minutes and effortlessly presented – fabulous!

A wonderful surprise was that all the floral art was raffled at the end with proceeds going to Down Syndrome Ireland and floral displays going to very happy homes!

For more events (it is advised to book tickets in advance) see www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events

About Carol Bone: Carol Bone lives in Wicklow, ‘The Garden of Ireland’ and was brought up with a love of gardening, horticulture, art and design. After a successful gardening career, Carol qualified as AOIFA (Association of Irish Floral Artists) demonstrator and teacher. She has since demonstrated extensively in England and Ireland and represented Ireland in the International Demonstration at the World Show in Boston in 2011. Carol has served as President of the Association of Irish Floral Artists and Publicity Officer for the World Flower Show 2014.

About Kerry Gordon: Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and Greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall and then going to the Gardens followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea. 

Text and images copyright of Kerry Gordon

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A Celebration of Christmas at Powerscourt Estate

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Nov 5, 2014 2:43:39 PM

A Celebration of Christmas at Powerscourt Estate

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a visit to the atmospheric Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow with its tree-lined avenue, fir trees and majestic stately home! This year follow the star up the avenue at Powerscourt Estate where you will find a wonderful range of Christmas events for your family.

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Dating back 800 years, Powerscourt is an enchanting and beautiful place to bring your children. Enjoy a crisp winter walk in Powerscourt Gardens, where 47 acres of discovery and intrigue await. Experience the magic of our Unique and Memorable Santa and his elves and visit his animal friends including the deer and miniature donkeys at the Christmas Stables. Santa and his animals are at Powerscourt from 29th of November until the 23rd of December. Tickets to Santa cost €10 and can be booked online through www.powerscourt.com/events while there is no cost to visit his animals in the stables at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion.

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Popular Irish story-teller and actor Jack Lynch will be at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on 6th of December at 2.30pm for Christmas Story-telling. Bring along your family and enjoy his repertoire of Christmas tales, from well-known stories to ones that may be new to you! Jack is a founder member and current chairman of Storytellers of Ireland and of the Dublin Yarnspinners.

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For the home and garden lover in your family, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion has some great Floral Art Classes to give your home the ‘Wow’ factor this Christmas! Using seasonal produce such as ivy and red berries, Orla McGrane and Brenda Joyce from the Association of Irish Floral Artists will create warming wreaths, gorgeous garlands and traditional table pieces to give your home that very personal touch. The talks take place on 19th and 26th of November and 3rd of December at 10.30am in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion and cost €5 per session. Tickets can be booked online in advance on www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.  There’s so much to see and discover with your family at Powerscourt this Christmas. For more information on upcoming events and whats on in wicklow visit www.powerscourt.com

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