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Garden Talk: March 3rd 2013, Sonairte Ecology Centre

peter donegan, garden talk, sonairte 2013

  • When: March 3rd, Sunday 2013
  • Time: 2pm
  • Subject: Garden Design Trends
  • Cost: €3
  • Where: Sonairte Ecology Centre, Laytown, Co. Meath


If you are looking for a great day out then you won’t go too far wrong with a trip to Sonairte Ecology Centre. It really is a place where I simply love to go to escape the hustle and bustle, yet it is still very much everything I love about horticulture and the great outdoors. The ultimate busmans holiday for me.

Here I will be giving a talk/ chat on the evolution of landscape design dating all the way back to the 17th Century right up to today. From the early 17th century trend of walled gardens and growing your own to the log roll pandemic and decking epedemics of the late 1980’s and 1990’s; and from topiary pruned hedges to the rise of raised beds and [eh…] grow your own in the late noughties and teens. Even in gardening and horticulture it’s funny how history repeats itself.

There should be more than enough time after for a chat, Q &A and a bit of conversation after.

Never been ? Take a listen to this with Trevor Sargeant:

Getting To Sonairte:

  • Map Sonairte is in Laytown, Co. Meath, 25 km north of Dublin. View Larger Map
  • Car Northbound from Dublin on the M1, take the exit for Julianstown. Look out for the brown tourism sign in Julianstown and turn right. You will spot Sonairte from a distance when you see the white wind turbine on the hilltop. The entrance to Sonairte is on the right just after the turbine.
  • Rail From Dublin take Drogheda train from Connolly Station to Laytown. Turn right under bridge and walk 5 minutes towards Julianstown. Click for Dublin to Laytown train timetable.
  • Bus New bus service from Dublin by Matthews Coach Hire stops outside centre. Click here to view the timetable.

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