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Beginners Gardening

Hazel Proctor is an accomplished horticulturalist and garden designer with over a decade experience working in parks and gardens across Ireland. She is currently the Head Gardener at The Steam Museum and Lodge Park Walled Garden, in Kildare and continues to deliver the Beginners Gardening Course in conjunction with the Botany Department.

During the course, you will gain a wide range of gardening skills such as how to propagate your own plants, the principles of pruning and how to choose the right plants for your garden. The course also includes lectures on the history of garden design and regular plant identification walks. Throughout the year, we enjoy visits to horticultural gems such as the War Memorial Garden and The National Botanic Gardens. The course starts in October and runs one day a week, each Wednesday, from 10am to 3pm, until May 2017.

How to apply

Please email Hazel at to confirm your booking. Places are limited so early booking is advised.


The course costs €900 and a deposit of €200 must be paid by September 7th to secure your place. The remainder can be paid in two further instalments throughout the course of the year.

Date and time

The course will start Wednesday 7th October and will run until May 2016. Class will be held at the Trinity Botanic Garden in Dartry, Dublin 6, from 10am to 3pm each week. We follow the academic year so there will be mid-term breaks and holidays during Christmas and Easter.