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NEW in 2018:

MASTERCLASS with JIM CRONIN Detailed Information about Masterclass
How to avoid Pests, Weeds and Diseases When You Garden Organically.  
Sunday, 29th April 2018 @ Clare Garden Festival, 11-12pm Application form Masterclass

Our 2018 Garden Talks are proudly supported by Gee-Up - Nature's Organic Soil Enricher. Gee up Soil Enricher

More 2018 details to follow shortly...




2017 Garden Experts and Expert Talks overview below:


Line-Up of 2017 Garden Experts at Clare Garden Festival 30th April



Expert Talks Clare Garden FEstival 2017, 30 April


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

 Ciaran Burke - Festival Focus: Ornamental Gardening

Ciaran Burke graduated from the National Botanic Gardens in 1990 and has been teaching horticulture courses for the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications for over 15 years. He now runs The Garden School in Marlay Park. Ciaran is a great plant enthusiast.  He writes for THE IRISH GARDEN. He regularly lectures throughout the country to garden groups and horticultural societies.

When not teaching Ciaran is often found gardening, photographing gardeners hands for his earthTouch project or making Scoodoos sculptures to help spread the message about how important trees are to the world. His art projects have featured in a number of exhibitions. Most recent being Scoodoos at the Hugh Lane gallery in Dublin. More details about Ciaran and The Garden School, here.

Ciaran Burke, Plantsman 

Eoin Keane - Festival Focus: Organic Gardening/ Orchards

Eoin Keane is part of the Orchard Team at Irish Seed Savers Association (based in Scarriff Co. Clare). Eoin grew up on a small family farm, has a background as a Manufacturing Engineer, but has returned to his farming roots by working in the gardens and orchards of ISSA. He has an RHS qualification in Plant Propagation, a NOTS qualification in Market Gardening and a Teagasc qualification in Nursery Stock Production. He works as the nursery coordinator at ISSA and has a keen interest in food growing particularly fruit trees. Irish Seed Savers Association maintains the country’s public seed bank with over 600 non-commercially available varieties of seed. They conserve and grow heritage apple trees and other fruit tree varieties and they Grow, Preserve, Conserve and Share their seeds, knowledge and love for the land. For more details about the Orchard team and about Irish Seed Savers visit their website.

Irish Seed Savers 

Michael Kelly - FESTIVAL Focus: Organic Gardening / Grow your Own

Michael Kelly is the founder of GIY, a not-for-profit social movement that supports over 200,000 people each year to grow their own food at home, school, work and in the community.  He has written three books on food and self-sufficiency - his latest book GROW COOK EAT was a winner of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.  Michael is an Ashoka Fellow, a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee, a member of the TASTE Council of Ireland and the Irish Food Writes Guild. He has written columns on food and health for The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and Food & Wine Magazine. Michael is a passionate speaker on food issues, self-sufficiency, sustainability and growing your own food. He worked for ten years in the IT industry in Dublin but now lives the good life in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford with his wife and two little GIYers. In 2016, GIY opened GROW HQ, a food education and retail centre and the home of the GIY movement in Waterford city.  More about Michael and GIY on

Michael Kelly GIY

Olive Ryan - FESTIVAL Focus: Ornamental Gardening

Olive Ryan studied Plant Science at UCC before completing a masters of Landscape Architecture at UCD.  She currently works part time at Blarney Castle Gardens and part time teaching horticulture at CSN, Cork.

Blarney Castle Gardens are a key sponsor of Clare Garden Festival and without their support our festival would not have been able to grow to its current success so quickly. Blarney celebrate their own annual garden festival 'Blarney in Bloom' on the Castle Grounds annually in July, see details on their dedicated Facebook page or on

Blarney Castle Gardens Olive Ryan