Southern Symposium at Kells Bay Gardens

The 3rd Southern Symposium at Kells Bay House & Gardens are to held on Saturday, 17th September 2016.

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:
Richard Baines, curator of Logan Botanical Gardens in southern Scotland,
Neil Porteous, the Head of Gardens at Mount Stewart in County Down,
Neil Armstrong, owner and creator of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Penzance, Cornwall.

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 €70 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


Programme Order:

Friday, 16th September
17.00 Gardens & Nursery open 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, 17th 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 ‘Travels in North East India for Mount Stewart ’
(Discussion of Edith and Frank Kingdon-Ward relating the plants to coastal Irish conditions)
Neil Porteous
Head of Gardens, Mount Stewart Gardens, Ards, Co. Down.

11:45 Tea/Coffee

12:15 ‘Tremenheere, the Ideas, Artwork and Plants’
Neil Armstrong
Owner, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall

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

14:45 ‘Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland’s Most Exotic Gardens’
Richard Baines
Curator, Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland

16:15 Closing Remarks
Billy Alexander
Kells Bay Gardens

16.30- 17.30 Informal guided walk in the gardens with speakers