Friends of the Library Lecture: Lost Landscapes – Reviving Historic Irish Gardens & Demesnes

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or

Lost Landscapes: Reviving Historic Irish Gardens & Demesnes

Finola Reid

19:30, Thursday 9 March 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Finola Reid is a gardens consultant specialising in conservation and restoration projects in historic gardens, walled garden complexes and demesne landscapes throughout Ireland.  She trained in horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, and worked on the garden staff there for many years before going into private consultancy. Her extensive knowledge and experience of plants, gardens and demesnes throughout Ireland stretches over more than four decades. She worked as programme manager of the ERDF funded ‘Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme’ from 1994 to 2002, resulting in many gardens and demesnes being conserved and/or restored and opened to visitors, some for the very first time. Finola has served on the Heritage Council, the Irish Architectural Archive, and the Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Committee. She has advised on and designed planting scheme for many gardens and demesnes including Emo Court, Annes Grove, Castletown House, and Dowth Hall.