What is the Southern Symposium?
The Southern Symposium is a semi-formal fun gathering of Ireland’s plants-people held every Autumn at Kells Bay. Since 2014 the Symposium has been addressed by a veritable Who’s Who of the International and Irish horticultural Community. There are formal presentations by the guest speakers, an informal tour of Kells Bay Gardens, a buffet lunch, and a Symposium Dinner.
When is it on?
This year’s Symposium takes place 30th September – 2nd October 2022.
Who are this year’s guest speakers?
- John Anderson – Keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park, England
“A Head Gardener’s journey from Mount Usher to Windsor”.
- Darach Lupton PhD – Curator – National Botanic Gardens
“Hop, Skip and Jump – the Curious Distribution of some of Ireland’s most Enigmatic Native Plants.”
- Robert Wilson-Wright – Plant explorer & Proprietor Coolcarigan Gardens
“Isle of Bliss The remote island of Socotra”
- Alasdair Moore, Head of Gardens & Estate, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
‘Tresco and Heligan: plants, history and meaning.’
What does it cost?
Symposium Banquet. 6.30pm €45
Incl, Introduction, Guest Lecture and 3-course Thai Welcome Dinner
The Guest Speakers will attend. This is a great opportunity to meet with knowledgable, high achieving gardeners.
Main Event, 10.00am 3 Guest Speakers, Buffet lunch w/Wine, Garden Walk €75
Visit to Plant Nursery (included in Main event)