Southern Symposium at Kells Bay Gardens

The 4th Southern Symposium at Kells Bay House & Gardens are to held on Saturday, 9th September 2017.

Billy and Penn Alexander are please to advise that the programme for this year’s Southern Symposium at Kells Bay House & Gardens is now complete.
Our speakers have confirmed their attendance and look forward to meeting you at Kells in September.

This year we are honoured by the presence of:
Tony Kirkham – Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
Nick Macer – Owner of Pan Global Plants Gloucestershire, UK and also a presenter on BBC’s gardening show, Gardeners World.
June Blake –  June Blake’s Garden, Tinode, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.


The gardens at Kells are really seeing the benefits of two mild winters and the great work of the team here.

The full programme is listed below. We expect that this line-up will quickly fill the available places, you may wish to reserve your places now. All day Symposium tickets are available at a price of €75 to include the talks, a guided walk through the gardens with our speakers, teas and coffees, Thai buffet lunch served with a glass of wine.

Please contact me at your convenience to reserve your place on 087 777 6666 or billy@kellsgardens.ie

Speakers

Programme Order:

Friday, 8th September
17.00 Gardens & Nursery open to all attendees until Dusk
20.00 Symposium Supper in the Conservatory
Join Billy and Guest Speakers for dinner (reservation required)
€25 p.p. 4 course dinner, Starter, Main, Dessert, Tea / Coffee

Saturday, 9th September

08:00 Breakfast in the Dining Room. (Residents only)
09:30 Delegates gather in the Conservatory, complimentary Tea & Coffee
10:00 Welcome and Introduction

10:15 Nick Macer – Owner of Pan Global Plants, Gloucestershire, UK and also a presenter on BBC’s gardening show, Gardeners World
Title of the talk – “Plant Exploring around the World” – Highlights from several trips to all corners of the globe.

11:45 Tea/Coffee

12:15 June Blake –  June Blake’s Garden, Tinode, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.
Title of the talk – Painterly Planting with June Blake

13:30 Thai-style Buffet Lunch served in the conservatory

14:45 Tony Kirkham – Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
Title of the talk – “Wilson’s China – A Century On” Stepping in the footsteps of Ernest Henry Wilson the great plant collector.

16:15 Closing Remarks
Billy Alexander
Kells Bay Gardens

16.30- 17.30 Informal guided walk in the gardens with speakers