Carlow Garden Festival
Saturday 27th July, 3pm
Colin Stafford Johnson
We are very excited to welcome one of the best known faces on Irish television, Colin is currently filming a new series for the BBC Natural History Unit following animal families around the world. Earlier this year, Colin was on our screens presenting Wild UK on BBC One. Last year, Colin filmed and presented Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World on BBC Two and the eighth series of Living the Wildlife on BBC One in which he examines the richness and variety of Irish wildlife.
He has also presented a six-part radio series Wild Lives for RTÉ. His documentary On a River in Ireland, based on his exploration by canoe of the flora and fauna of the River Shannon through four seasons, won the Grand Teton at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Golden Panda at Wildscreen. He also presented Bioblitz, a live TV event celebrating biodiversity for RTÉ. In 2013 he presented and filmed Meet the Monkeys, for BBC NHU Natural World.
Saturday 3rd August 11am
The Lost Gardens at Heligan – Preserving the Past to Protect the Future
Alasdair Moore is Manager of Estate and Gardens at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. A magical garden hidden for generations beneath a forest of brambles and self-seeded trees, liberated by a hurricane and revitalised by an extraordinary individual, Heligan is quite a story.
With its immaculately restored Victorian productive gardens and glasshouses, verdant Jungle garden and historic national collection of 19th century rhododendrons and camellias, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is now one of the UK’s most celebrated gardens. Alasdair will recount the tale of this remarkable garden and estate, its plants and people. The lecture’s theme is preserving the past to protect the future.