Growing Beauty – Re-inventing an Irish Country Garden, with Des Doyle


Dating from 1810, the house and garden are on the banks of the River Nore just south  of Kilkenny. The challenges were many: limited horticultural knowledge, huge areas of lawn, trees felled by storms and limited structure in the garden. Over the past ten years the garden has been reinvented. This is the story with sensitivity, sustainability and structure all coming into play along with the plants – why they were used, how they are combined and the effect they deliver. Des Doyle is a garden designer who mostly works with clients on larger scale gardens with a particular focus on sensitively restoring older and historic gardens in a contemporary style.

His first book is being published shortly and Des hopes to have some available on the day, at a cost of €25.


Date & Time: Saturday 23rd March 2024 at 2pm

Location: National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 VY63


Image courtesy of Des Doyle