Where do we start.....
Gareth Austin is a pioneering Community focussed Horticulturist who's passionate about Gardening and Horticulture. A GYO enthusiast Gareth lectures in Horticulture throughout the North West of Ireland and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Gareth uses his passion for Gardening to bring others into the Green Community. Gareth is Horticultural Ambassador for the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign, a Green Flag Assessor for Tidy Northern Ireland, a volunteer with YouthAction NI, Gareth also offers Horticultural support to many Primary and Secondary schools in the area, aswell as leading tours of gardens and historic landscapes throughout the area. If not at any of these things Gareth is enjoying his own garden....with the help of his 2 kids! "Enjoy browsing this website and do contact me if anything comes to mind" - Gareth Austin MCIHort
Biodegradable plant pots
Instead of nasty plastic, why not consider using biodegradable pots made from bamboo? Check out Jpots
Donegal ETB group getting a Crop Rotation masterclass with John Reilly from GreenHill Farm
entrance to walled garden
Here's some pictures from a recent dander around Belvedere House and Gardens in Westmeath
Delta Sensory Gardens
The Delta Sensory Gardens in Carlow are a wonderful attraction and therapy centre, well worth visiting if your in the area, a series of interconnected gardens, all designed by prominent garden designers...just wonderful.
Early April in OakField park
bags of strawberry runners
Apart from watching the Brown Trout jump in the lake, there is loads of gorgeous Spring colour in the Oakfield Park Gardens to visit, now that it's reopened for the season
Splitting Snowdrops in Culdaff House
A great practical session, enhancing the environment for generations to come, splitting snowdrops - just as they go out of flower - in historic Culdaff House
Wells House & Gardens
Wee Dander around Wells House in Gorey, Co Wexford
Tasty early pea shoots
Sown 6 weeks before, the pea shoots were super tasty, and all as a reward for good horticultural practice...
Winter in Antrim Castle Gardens
The fabulous Antrim Castle Gardens are beautiful in the Winter Months, here's a few pictures from a recent wee dander....
Explore the grounds of Hopetoun
Classical Lazy Beds
Check out these fantastic lazy beds in Salthill House in Mountcharles
Some fabulous goings on in The Glasshouse in Falcarragh
Newliston House nr Edinburgh
Another fabulous Robert Adams connected landscape in Scotland, Newliston is a fabulous parkland with walled garden, miniature railway, ponds, swans and some amazing trees
Upcoming Training Courses
Fetac Horticulture Courses
There is a couple of upcoming FETAC Level 5 Horticulture courses in Donegal, Carndonagh starting in Feb 2015 and Gweedore starting in Feb 2015
A photographers dream plant
Sedum is just amazing at attracting loads of butterflys to your garden....a photographers dream!
The Garden Centre in Strabane
A wee dander through The Garden Centre in Strabane, County Tyrone.
House of the Binns Grounds
The House of the Binns, Near Linlithgow has some lovely walks, including around this 'novelty tower', built as a joke to win a bet back in the day...
Soil Structure testing
Performing a touch feel test on your soil in a simple process involving a few steps...see more here
Cut down on food waste..easily!
Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for great recipe ideas on using left-overs and other more...growing your own is a great way of reducing wastage...but no point in growing it if you can't use every last bit!!
A handy plant for the garden, Jacobs ladder can grow very well in semi shade, I've added it to a shady spot in my own garden