Welcoming Back Dr. Matthew Jebb
Tour, Talks & Picnic Afternoon Tea - August 22nd 2020
We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Matthew Jebb to Ballinakill, and the Twin Trees Heywood, Art & Culture Festival, on August 22nd 2020.
Dr. Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, captivated us all during last year’s event, held in All Saints’ Church, Ballinakill, with an amazing talk, entitled Lambay, Lutyens & Jekyll.
This year Dr. Matthew Jebb’s Talk will discuss two themes – How Jekyll Cultivated An Architect, and House Or Garden; Which Came First?
It will explore the collaboration between the architect Edwin Lutyens, and garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, that blossomed into life long friendship. How Jekyll had recognised and promoted the talents of the architect, at such a formative juncture in both their careers, and how the art forms they both aspired to perfect required such a deep knowledge and union of the crafts and skills of architect and gardener!
And where better to host such a wonderful talk, than in the heart of one of those collaborations; the magnificent Heywood Gardens, designed by Lutyens in 1906, landscaped by Jekyll, and fully completed in 1912. It stands today as testament to the essence of not just their alliance, but also the application and execution of their art!
Tour, Talks & Picnic Afternoon Tea
Also joining Dr. Jebb as a speaker for our Tour, Talks & Picnic Afternoon Tea, is Geoff Stebbings, Editor of Garden Answers Magazine, and former Head Gardener at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The talks will be preceded by a Guided Tour of Heywood Gardens with Lutyens’ descendant, Amanda Pitcairn, and will be punctuated by the serving of our Picnic Afternoon Tea, which like our talks, will be held outdoors!
We urge all our attendees to be weather ready, and bring your suncream and brolley!
Tickets are now available. Please follow the link below, and book early to avoid disappointment!
Dr. Matthew Jebb
Dr Matthew Jebb is Director of the National Botanic Gardens. He read Botany at Oxford University and conducted his Ph.D. research on the Ant-Plants of New Guinea.
He subsequently lived in Papua New Guinea for 6 years before moving to Trinity College Dublin in 1994 to work on the Flora of Thailand. He moved to the Gardens in 1996 as the Taxonomist and Keeper of the Herbarium.
He has been Director since 2010. He has an interest in the history of science education, the taxonomy of south east Asian plants and the conservation and preservation of the native flora of Ireland.
Make A Day Of It!
Spend a day in Ballinakill & Heywood Gardens
August 22nd 2020
Prior to our Tour, Talks & Picnic Afternoon Tea, which gets underway at 2:30pm, why not join us in Ballinakill Village where so much will be going on!
Our En Plein Air artists at this year’s event, will be on Day Three, which will see them bring their easels to the village, and their work from the previous two days in Heywood Gardens, and the surrounding woodlands, will also be on open air display.
Our Guided Historical Walk of Ballinakill & Heywood, takes place at 11am, and tickets are just €5 +booking.
Local historian, and co-author of Ballinakill A Journey Through Time, Ger Dunphy is the guide for this walk.
The route will avoid busy roads, and there is a section of off-road walking, with moderate terrain throughout, and will be approximately one hour in duration.
The walk promises to be both enjoyable and informative with the Masslough Lake, Trench Family Mausoleum, Heywood Estate and Gills Pond just a few of the many places of interest that will be visited, along the route.
Before or after your walk, why not treat yourself to a coffee and choose from a wide range of wonderful foods, all of which will be on offer at our Laois Food Market, in the village square, and pay a visit to picturesque Gills Pond, where the festival’s Fishing Competition will be in full flow!