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Perfect your Pet! Train the canine in your life at Powerscourt

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Perfect your Pet! Train the canine in your life at Powerscourt

Join Samantha Rawson on Saturday 13th September at 2pm in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion for a demonstration on training the canine in your life! Samantha C.A.A.B. is a certified dog behaviourist and therapist who uses motivational and reward based methods. She has over twenty years of professional experience and knowledge to address almost any dog training or behaviour problem.

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Samantha says "I love training dogs as all dogs are individuals and dogs and their owners are as unique as each other. Samantha's approach to training is highly motivational for both partners in the relationship! The demonstration is free of charge and no booking is required. Please leave your own canine at home for the event. Visit the website www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events for more information.

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Free Autumn Gardening Course at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 1, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Autumn is a great season for planting and is the real beginning of the new gardening year! Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry, County Wicklow is offering four free autumn gardening classes to its’ customers over the coming weeks.

The programme kicks off on 16th of August with a class on the autumn gardening jobs to prepare for successful growth in spring. It’s time to collect seeds from your favourite plants, harvest fruit and vegetables, deadhead plants and flowers and add some winter colour to your garden.

Lawn lovers will enjoy the lawn care class on 23rd of August. September is one of the best months to sow a lawn so if you are thinking of giving yours a revamp you can get advice on lawn care, grass seeds, feeding and weeds.

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Everyone loves a vibrant and colourful spring garden! The next talk on 30th of August is an A-Z of everything you ever wanted to know about planting for early spring colour. From preparing well, timing and forcing bulbs to what to plant and what pots to use, the team at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion have some great ideas!

The final class on 6th September is perfect for those who wish to grow their own!  Learn about getting your garden ready, starting from seed, caring for your garden, crops for a speedy harvest and vegetables that will survive a frost. Autumn's mild temperatures create perfect growing conditions for late season crops such as lettuce and spinach.

Each class takes place on the dates above at 11am and is free of charge. Reap the rewards of autumn gardening and book your place today through www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events

 

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Gardening for Wildlife with Eanna Ni Lamhna

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Join one of Ireland’s best known public figures in the area of nature and the environment for a wild and wonderful talk about ‘Gardening for Wildlife’. Eanna Ni Lamhna, long standing contributor to “Mooney Goes Wild” and author of several wildlife books, will be at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on Saturday July 12th at 2pm for the talk. With her matter-of-fact knowledge, humour and folklore-laden take on Irish wildlife, it’s sure to be entertaining!

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Eanna will be making the case for other very useful pest reducing insects such as wasps which feed their young on aphids and greenflies, black beetles which devour earwigs and woodlice who are free dustbin men!

Learn how to attract wildlife such as butterflies and bees to your garden. Carnivores such as hedgehogs and blackbirds are always very welcome in gardens because they eat the herbivores that are destroying gardeners’ plants.

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Enjoy an entertaining morning delivered in Eanna’s inimitable style. For more information and to book visit www.powerscourt.com/events

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Celebrate wafa, the World Flower Show at Powerscourt Estate

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 27, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Celebrate the World Flower Show 2014 at Powerscourt Estate, featuring one of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens.  Join Floral Artist Camelia Austen at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry, County Wicklow on 11th June at 10.30am for a morning of floral culture from across the world. Start the journey in Europewith a Venetian masquerade mask and travel to Asia for a stylized traditional Chinese water carrier.

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From there hop across to Australia to see a stunning floral wave inspired by the Australian surfing paradise. Then move swiftly to Africa and its exotic fiery blooms where Camelia will create a stylish floral accessory. The next step of the journey is America,illustrating the old American ‘bigger is better’ conceptwith two giant hand-made flowers. And then back to Europe, to Ireland,the 2014 host of the WAFA, where Camelia will design a green umbrella. Tickets for this exciting floral art demonstration cost €5 and can be booked online at www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

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About Camelia Austen: Camelia is the floral designer behind Austen Flowers Events & Flower School in Wicklow town.  Austen Flowers studio is not a traditional florist shop, they specialise in weddings and events and flower arranging classes. By using unexpected colour combinations and unusual props, their designs challenge the notion of a ‘floral arrangement’. They bend the rules of traditional flower arranging to create stunning bouquets and bold and large floral decor with the utmost respect for the flowers themselves.

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Herbs are hot at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Apr 16, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Everyone loves herbs. Whether for cooking, or in cosmetics or for their stunning healing properties, herbs are hot! There is also a growing interest in learning how herbs can benefit our health, through delightful teas and tisanes, compresses or lotions, the healing power of herbs has always been a fascination for people down through the ages.

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Join Mary White from Blackstairs Ecotrails at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry, County Wicklow on 26th of April at 2pm for a modern take on the healing power of herbs. This talk will kindle an interest in the growing of medicinal herbs, their uses, and powerful benefits to keep us all healthier. The cost per ticket is €5 and advance booking is required. Book the event here.

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About Mary: Mary is Director of Blackstairs Ecotrails. She is an expert on Ireland's Flora and Fauna and has been a guest speaker at environmental conferences and debates on the Irish environment. Her Ecotrails lead you through the wilderness of the Blackstairs Mountains and along the River Barrow. Mary also leads geographical investigations for Leaving Cert geography students and runs fungi, foraging and wild herbal workshops around Ireland.

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Free Garden Design Talk with Tim Austen at Powerscourt April 12th 2pm

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Apr 11, 2014 10:23:00 AM

For many people in Ireland, moving house isn’t an option at the moment and we are all looking at ways we can make the most of our existing home and garden space. If you are planning a new garden design or renovation and don't know where to start or if you want advice about your existing garden, here is an opportunity to pick the brains of one of Ireland's leading garden designers!

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Bloom Gold Winner Tim Austen and Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in County Wicklow are offering a free talk on garden design and seasonal planting tomorrow on 12th of April from 2-3pm. Tim will share his experience of garden design and offer advice on the type and size of plants to use and how to space them to create a beautiful outdoor space. Come along and enjoy this complimentary talk. See powerscourt.com/events for more information.

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About Tim: Tim spent his formative years working in Fern Hill Gardens, Co. Dublin and Charleville House, Co. Wicklow before completing his formal training in landscape architecture. The influence of these gardens along with his upbringing at the foot of the Sugarloaf Mountain in Co. Wicklow is evident in the colours, textures and forms that he brings in to his designs, whether they incorporate bold contemporary architecture or are predominantly natural in style. Tim continues to create unique gardens for his clients today. His passion for design along with his extensive practical experience meant that he was selected to be the garden design judge on RTE’s ‘Super garden’ shows in both 2010 and 2011. 

 

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Grow Your Own Review with Kerry Gordon

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Apr 8, 2014 5:02:00 PM

We recently had a fantastic Grow Your Own event for children at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. Our blogger Kerry Gordon attended with her family - here is how she got on!

"A visit to the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion is always a treat where you are greeted with a wonderful warm welcome from Marianne and her team. As you enter, an explosion of colour and smells embraces you with vibrant flowers and plants throughout the venue. The last family workshop we attended at the Pavilion was pumpkin carving for Halloween which was by far the most entertaining pumpkin event I have been too and suitable for all ages (even we adults loved it too!) Recently I went along to their Grow Your Own Pizza garden workshop which was aimed at the excited young planters in our families.

Everything was laid out for us with colorful tubs of soil, seed trays, labels and most importantly the magical seeds. Marianne showed the children how to put the soil into the tray and then make little holes with their pokey fingers. Then with lots of concentration and care one or two seeds was popped into each hole. Wait a moment! Silly me – you must make sure you write on your label with the name of your seed and place it in the container before you start planting!

Because we were growing for pizzas we planted oregano, thyme, rocket, spinach, basil, tomatoes and peppers. The tomato and peppers were planted separately because they need more room to grow. After the seeds were planted the children sprinkled soil on top to cover the seeds just like a chef would do! Then they sprinkled on water and put the lid on. Very importantly there must be no peeking for at least two weeks and they need to be placed in a sunny dry place. The tomatoes and peppers are sturdier and didn’t need a lid. Then it was time to take everything home and eagerly but patiently wait for the seeds to grow into beautiful tasty herbs and fruit and veg.

On the way out, with our arms full of future tasty morsels, we stopped and just had to look at the beautiful Easter section. It was such a wonderful event – so much fun for everyone and watching the kids planting was a pure joy. I think we may have some future gardeners in our midst and gardening is an activity that crosses over all generation. Make sure you don’t miss the next event by visiting www.powerscourt.com/events

 

Molly digging in!

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Big yellow tubs full of mud …. time to get our hands all mucky

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Reading to start growing

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5 Seeds to choose from

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Busy bees (and I really want to buy these beautiful hanging butterflies)

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Write your label first

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The lovely Marianne

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Magic seeds!

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Dad helping out

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Sprinkle the soil on top like parmesan

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Carefully planting the seeds

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More seeds please!

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Place the lids carefully on

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No peeking for at least 2 weeks

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Molly planting her tomatoes

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Make sure you use a water can so that the water drizzles rather than pours just like Molly is doing and then we are finished!

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I think the elves may have been watching

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Bursting with colour all the plants for purchase

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Easter goodies!

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About Kerry Gordon:

Early in 2014 I was delighted to begin employment with the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland as Director of Development. The RHSI was founded almost two hundred years ago in 1816 to promote the knowledge and practice of horticulture in the island of Ireland. Today, with our charitable status, we achieve our objectives through seminars, lectures, tours and, since 2011, through our RHSI garden at the historic demesne of Russborough House in County Wicklow.

RHSI Garden Russborough has been taken on under a license from the Alfred Beit Foundation and is in the process of being restored as a working fruit and vegetable garden, and also to display a variety of garden styles and techniques. All work in the garden is carried out by RHSI volunteer members, with the objective of demonstrating the highest horticultural standards.

RHSI’s reputation and commitment to excellence has resulted in partnerships with flagship gardens around Ireland, such as Powerscourt Gardens, where our membership is entitled to free or discounted entry. For further information on the RHSI or to become a member please check www.rhsi.ie or to contact me on any blog related matters kerry.gordon@gmail.com

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Grow Your Own with Ena Ronayne & Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Mar 26, 2014 4:21:00 PM

 

Fed up with tasteless supermarket fruit and vegetables? Why not grow your own! Gardening and more importantly growing your own food should be fun and will be once you've established the ground rules (pardon the pun!) Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry, County Wicklow has some great events coming up for gardening enthusiasts.

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Join horticulturalist and garden designer Ena Ronayne on April 1st from 2-3pm for the low down on all things edible. Ena is an avid promoter of all things horticultural in Ireland and beyond. Don’t worry if you’ve not got a dedicated potager or an allotment, at this you’re your own talk you’ll discover all you need to get started right through to harvesting your own foods. The event is free and no booking is required.  

About Ena: Based in South County Dublin horticulturist and teacher Ena Ronayne is an avid promoter of all things horticultural in Ireland and beyond. She can help you design, build, plant or maintain any growing space whether for vegetables or ornamentals. For more information email enaronayne@gmail.com or telephone 086 8259166

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Grow Your Own Pizza Garden with Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Mar 20, 2014 4:25:00 PM

Fed up with tasteless supermarket fruit and vegetables? Why not grow your own! Gardening and more importantly growing your own food should be fun and will be once you've established the ground rules (pardon the pun!). Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry, County Wicklow has some great events coming up for gardening enthusiasts.

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Join horticulturalist and garden designer Ena Ronayne on April 1st from 2-3pm for the low down on all things edible. Ena is an avid promoter of all things horticultural in Ireland and beyond. Don’t worry if you’ve not got a dedicated potager or an allotment, at this you’re your own talk you’ll discover all you need to get started right through to harvesting your own foods. The event is free and no booking is required. 

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Children will enjoy the Garden Pavilion’s ‘Grow your own Pizza’ gardening class on 30th March at 12 & 2pm which encourages them to get active in the garden at a young age. Learn how to grow foods such as tomatoes and basil which can then be made into pizzas at home. Once you start growing your own vegetables you will taste the difference and be hooked on home-produce! The cost is €5 for a child, adults are free. Advance booking is required. For more information on these events visit www.powerscourt.ie/events

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 29, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Blogger Kerry Gordon and her daughter Molly visit the pumpkin patch at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion for our annual pumpkin carving event. See for yourselves the great day out that was enjoyed by everyone!

Picking a pumpkin!

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Choosing a pattern

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Collecting the tools for the job!

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Getting mucky!

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Even the Mums and Dads are getting stuck in!

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Slop!

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Pumpkins, toothpicks and templates oh my!

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Marking the pattern on the pumpkin

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Atta Girl!

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Oooh .. Pumpkins!

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SPIDERMAN!!!

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Treats!

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Facepainting with Sarah Varela

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Carving time!

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Complimentary tea and biscuits

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To the Batmobile Batgirl!

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The Mums getting their hands dirty

 

Proud Dad

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Here come the pumpkins....!

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Molly says BOO!

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Monica, Stephanie, Shelley and Marianne from the Garden Pavilion team. They made the day magic!

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Text and Photos by Kerry Gordon

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