Situated along the quayside these attractive containers were planted by school kids throughout the city. These were planted in the schools in May and transported later to this location on the quayside....
During the recent Ian Price Landscape Design Workshop in Ashbrook House, Ian led a walk through the grounds of Ashbrook House highlighting some design features of the garden and how the use of planting schemes could be used in the modern garden space, textures, seasonal interest, use of evergreens, focal plants and the likes...heres some super pictures from the garden showing some amazing colour
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pictured (in glorious City of Culture sunshine) are attendees of the recent Ian Price Landscape Design Workshop held in Ashbrook House in Derry-Londonderry
During the workshop Ian talked through the design process for a number of projects and then led a walk through the grounds of Ashbrook, highlighting design features and plant choice...then held some 1on1's answering specific concerns folks had for their garden.
Is there a better venue for a workshop like this than the 16th century Ashbrook House?...possibly one of the first designed gardens in the area....and home to some magnificent planting.
My thanks to Melanie Cunningham for allowing us the use of Ashbrook House, Ian Price for facilitating and for everyone who attended. The feedback from the event has been great and Ian is keen to do another workshop again in the Autumn time, if you'd like to attend such an event leave an expression of interest here
Quote for me from the day "Gardens are for living" - Ian Price ....never a truer word spoken.
I was down in the Artist Garden project that was created for the City of Culture. Located in the City Factory side beside the Void Gallery. Here's a few pics which show how well things are growing under Gardener Caroline Harkins supervision. Great to see Hostas and perennials popping up everywhere...and best of all...The Artist Garden is now open to the public...so pop on down and have a looksee for yourself....
The Katie holten designed Artist Garden project is coming on great..the official opening is this sat from 6-8pm with the Mayor Kevin Campbell doing the honours, the challenge of this project has been the shade (from the planting choice), the courtyard of the City Factory gets no direct sunlight, so the choice of plants have to have this factored in, a plant we have majored on is Ferns, we have a lovely selection planted in the garden, some Evergreen, some non-evergreen, so it'll probably August when the garden is at its best, as this is when all the Hostas will be up and in their glory too....
In the garden I think we have 10 different types of ferns, from small to medium to large growing types, as mentioned before some evergreen, some non-evergreen, these few pics are them just after we had them planted, and they arrived in this great condition. We selected Ferns which were tough and pretty and provided a range of colours and textures. We sourced the Ferns here from Gardening Express.
St Brecans Church
Great wee History n Horticulture walk on Saturday through St Columbs Park, now the weather was shockingly bad.....so thanks for everyone who came out to listen to historical enthusiast Gerald McGill and myself talk about the trees and history of St Columbs Park....
Below is a copy of the notes from the day from Gerald, please feel free to download a copy....
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Ballykelly Forest....you've probably noticed the sign as you drive to Limavady/Derry....Its ont he left hand side, 1/2 mile from Ballykelly (when travelling from Derry)....but have you ever been there?
Wee Ballykelly was the very first State forest planted in Northern Ireland, puchased in 1910 and planting started in 1912, so we're looking at a forest which has a certain significance in Northern Ireland.
Meet up in Forest Car Park
kids - aye
dogs - aye
Time - 12 noon
Cost - nought....but a wee hat might get passed around for donations to charity....
Dress for a muddy forest and you'll not go wrong
see map here
January 27th **rescheduled till 10th feb**sees our third planned outing to see glorious Snowdrops in all their woodland splendid, thsi time in the ancient woodland of Ashbrook House, Ardmore.
Ardmore has a good show of Snowdrops set well amongst the mature woodland which surrounds the 17th century house.
27th jan **rescheduled to 10th feb**
Woodland walk with snowdrop focus
buggies - no
dogs - no
Cost £5 per person
Also on the day the Historic Ashbrook Hosue will be open for those who wish a tour of the property.
If you fancy it, leave a comment below....and wrap up warm if your coming!!
20th January sees our second planned Snowdrop walk of the year, this time to BeechHill Hotel in Ardmore.
From 2-4pm there will be a woodland walk through the grounds of BeechHill unearthing the glorious snowdrop drifts which exist there.
This event is open to all , the joy of the BeechHill is that with the new path networks this is especially good for buggies and the likes.
Woodland walk with snowdrop focus
Cost £4 per family suggested donation for charity
Please leave a comment below if you fancy it...
Since 1845 the Hill Estate has been better known as St Columbs Park, we've all been there...haven't we?
No better time to explore the heritage of the trees and the landscaping within than during the City of Horticulture year....
Come join me on a tree focussed tour of St Columbs park where we'll look at the tree mix, varities and ages and learn more about the heritage of the landscape within the park..in a 'History n Horticulture Walk'
this event will take place on Sat 9th March...from 11-12. There is no cost for this event, but a donation to charity (Youth ActionNI) is welcome on the morning.
If you'd like to attend then please leave a comment below.
We'll meet up at the Brownings Drive entrance at 11am
Historian Gerald McGill will be the Batman to my Robin on this...
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