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Expert Talks Clare Garden FEstival



Forget rotation of crops ...go for a no dig, permaculture garden with
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Sunday, 28th April 2019 @ Clare Garden Festival, 11-12pm Application form Masterclass




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Overview of our Gardeners and their Focus at Clare Garden Festival

Jim Cronin - FESTIVAL Focus: Organic Gardening

Jim Cronin has been gardening in Co Clare from his early childhood and is now known to many as a leading national expert in organic horticulture. He is a mine of information and advice on all aspects of growing organically, with a lifetime of experience and a deep love of working in cooperation with nature. Jim is also an advocate of local, sustainable agriculture and was a founding member of the thriving Killaloe Farmers Market where he sells his garden fresh produce all year round. He is running successful courses from his farm both for beginners and comprehensive 9-month educational programmes. For course details see Jim Cronin

 Cheryl Koglin - Festival Focus: Gardening and Garden Festival in Southern Australia

Cheryl grew up near the beach in Southern Australia and one day hubby said do you want to move to the countryside; they now live rurally for 13 years, own 5-1/2 acres of land and have 9 alpacas. Cheryl is the Secretary of the Clare Show in South Australia was Treasurer for 9 years and she is the librarian of the Handspinners Guild.

The South Australian Clare Garden Festival began as their Show society were looking to raise money to add seating and shading to the showgrounds and has since grown into an annual event creating much interest and excitement. For details on their festival see

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Conor Gallinagh - Festival Focus: Ornamental Gardening

A Horticulture Consultant and Garden Designer with a passion for plants.

Regarded as one of the top young horticulturists in Ireland and the UK.

A BAgrSc in Horticulture and third generation to be involved in the horticulture industry. A wealth of experience, knowledge and passion.

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Finlay F Colley - FESTIVAL Focus: Rare plants

Rare Plants Ireland was established in 2008 - following on from Carbery Nurseries producing and suppling rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials. Many of these specimens have been sourced during plant hunting expeditions in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the Azores and Sikkim.

Rare plants Ireland proprietor Finlay Colley is a member of the "Irish Specialist Nurseries Association (ISNA)". You will find Rare Plants Ireland at all the ISNA fairs as well as many other fairs throughout Ireland.

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Brid Hedderman - FESTIVAL Focus: MC & Horticulture


BrÍd Hedderman is a full-time teacher with the LCETB (Limerick & Clare Education Training Board). Having run her own market garden for 15 years alongside her father and uncle-adopting their traditional methods of gardening-she went on to study Horticulture with the RHS. She lives on the Loop Head Peninsula, where she gardens endlessly and, outside her time in training and education, encourages people to grow their own and to support local food producers. She also voluntarily coordinated the Kilrush Community Garden project encouraging all groups and individuals to partake in sustainable workshops through community education.

Gerry Harford - FESTIVAL Focus: Unusual herbaceos plants

Gerry Harford is the owner of Camolin Potting Shed, a small retail nursery based in North Wexford, about 12 kilometres south of Gorey. He runs the business with his wife Susan. They specialise in unusual herbaceous perennials and clematis having won many gold awards at Bloom.  The quality of the plants widely acknowledged, both at home and abroad.  Camolin Potting Shed, which is affiliated to Irish Specialists Nurseries Association (ISNA) and trades regularly at plant fairs and garden festivals all over Ireland. The Irish Specialist Nursery Association was established to represent the smaller more specialist Nurseries in Ireland.

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