Planters Seminar 2017

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This year's theme celebrates a wealth of plants and gardening. Talks include: The Collections of Frank Kingdon-Ward, Gardening in the Balearic Islands and The most exciting and inspirational gardens of the world. Speakers at the seminar are Matthew Biggs, Stephen Lacey and Mary Keen.

Saturday 23

11am             Garden tour of the Pleasure Garden

12pm             Garden tour of the Formal Garden

          Gather - Refreshments, Tea & Coffee

2:30pm          Introduction & Welcome - Lady Rose Lauritzen & Neil Porteous

3:00pm          Stephen Lacey : New Plants, New Ideas and New Inspiration–featuring some of the best gardens I have seen on my travels across Europe and America.

4:15pm          Comfort break

4:30pm          Matthew Biggs: ‘The Lobb Brothers – Plant Hunters Extraordinaire’ telling the stories of William and Thomas and my own experiences with them and their plants

5:30pm          Questions both speakers

6:00pm          Depart

Sunday 24

10am            Gather - Refreshments, Tea & Coffee

10:30am       Mary Keen: Grand designs -Designing for the high and mighty

11:30am       Comfort break

11:45am       Stephen Lacey-Scent in Your Garden – an exploration of how to inject scent into planting and a calendar of the best scented plants season by season.

12:45pm       Questions both speakers

1pm               Buffett Lunch

3pm               Mary Keen: Special collections for ordinary gardeners

4pm               Comfort break

4:15pm          Matthew Biggs: ‘Frank Kingdon Ward – the Last of the Great Plant Explorers’.

5:15pm          Sum up and close

5:30               Group photograph

6:00pm         Depart

Upcoming events

The Big Butterfly Count

Tue 23 Jul 2019
10:00-16:00
Can you help with The Big Butterfly Count by finding a quiet spot and seeing how many butterflies you can spot in 15 minutes?

Wildlife Trackers

Wed 24 Jul 2019
13:30-15:30
Explore the many habitats to be found around the grounds of Mount Stewart. Through games and interactive activities, learn tracking skills and how to look for tell-tale signs of wildlife. You may even spot some red squirrels!

Rock Pool Picnic

Fri 26 Jul 2019
13:00-15:00
Young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at the magical Kearney Village on the Outer Ards Peninsula.

Family Bike and BBQ

Sat 27 Jul 2019
17:30-21:00
Ever wanted to cycle the trails at Mount Stewart? We are delighted to be working in conjunction with Cycling Ireland to open up the grounds of Mount Stewart for families to enjoy an evening of cycling, BBQ & free bike maintenance.

Tour the Temple

Sun 28 Jul 2019
12:00-13:00
Join one of our guides for a tour of the Temple of the Winds. Hear the history of this special building and enjoy the stunning views over Strangford Lough.

Jazz in the Gardens

Sun 28 Jul 2019
14:00-16:30
Bring your picnic or enjoy some of our on-site catering and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.