The philosophy stays the same as it always was, learning should be fun, interesting and enjoyable. We believe that, whether attending a class or studying at home the process of learning and gaining knowledge should be an enjoyable experience. You are not there to write for two hours, as someone rambles on about something they are not interested in.
We are passionate about plants, gardening and nature, and we want to pass our enthusiasm for all things horticultural. We can do this by sharing the knowledge we have and the rewards of seeing others' enthusiasm fired is deeply satisfying.
The environment is always a consideration and we garden organically. Throughout all our courses and gardening activities we are conscious that our actions effect nature. We believe that we should always strive to limit our environmental impact when gardening . When teaching our courses we encourage others to consider the environment and create gardens by co-operating with nature.
Through TheNew Growth Project we enable people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about gardening and experience the positive effects and enjoyment that engaging with plants and nature brings.
Many who have attended our courses have been inspired to take a new career path or started on the road to a career in horticulture. Others have not chosen to work full time in horticulture and never intended to but instead have gone on to get more enjoyment out of their own gardens. All our ex students enjoy a newly-found appreciation for plants and nature and derive more pleasure from their gardening activities as they put their knowledge into practice, growing better plants and creating better gardens. So whatever your aims or ambitions we are sure we can help you learn and have fun learning.
Ciarán Burke has been teaching courses since 1999. Ciaran graduated from the National Botanic Gardens in 1990 and soon entered into the garden retail trade. For many years he was a familiar face at Murphy & Wood Rare Plant Specialists before leaving to co-found the Dublin School of Horticulture with his friend and fellow horticulturist Carl Dacus.
Ciaran is a great plant enthusiast. He writes for THE IRISH GARDEN. He is on the RHSI speaker list and regularly lectures throughout the country to garden groups and horticultural societies. When not teaching Ciaran is often found gardening or photographing. His art projects have featured in a number of exhibitions. He also writes a garden blog: Blooms ‘n’ Food
HANNA TUURI BURKE
Hanna has been living in Ireland since September 2004. She came from Finland to study horticulture and gained her Royal Horticultural Society Certificate in Horticulture.
She is a Steiner School teacher and art teacher as well as being a horticulturist and it is Hanna’s illustrations that featured throughout our notes. Hanna’s style and understanding of the subjects make her illustrations informative, easy to understand and often humorous. Hanna combines her drawing and horticultural skills to teach garden design and drawing garden plans.
Hanna is now living in Ireland and writing books. In March 2009 Hanna’s book, a collection of short stories about living in the west of Ireland, was published in Finland to great reviews. Her book about Irish gardens , Vihreän saaren puutarhoissa, tells stories of Irish gardens and features her illustrations. Hanna’s novel Orapihlajapiiri was short listed for the Savonia literary prize in 2011. Hanna contributed columnis to Finnish gardening magazine, Kotipuutarha, from January 2010 till December 2011 and has written columns for the Finnish magazine Kotiliesi. Her latest novel “Ranta” has just been published in Finland (March 2015). Since September 2015 Hanna has been working as a class teacher at Kildare Steiner School.
Hanna is a co-founder of The Garden School and although she is not directly involved with with daily running of the school she continues to have a strong input in the future of The Garden School and its ai to bring horticulture to all in our community.
Aoife has been teaching at The Garden School since September 2015. She has completed the RHS Master of Horticulture and has been lecturing and tutoring in horticulture for many years.
Her educational work includes developing schools programmes, facilitator for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Wicklow County Council for a number of workshops including biodiversity, planting rain gardens and other environmental subjects. Aoife has also been a judge for Tidy Districts competition and has worked on many other gaining and environmental education projects.
Yuki has been volunteering with The Garden School since we started The New Growth Project in February 2015. She trained and worked as a school teacher in her native Japan. She has studied the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture and now she brings her skills and experience to help others learn about gardening on The New Growth Project course. Fuki has a love of plants and is very interested in growing food crops, she has introduced us to some a variety of oriental crops which we grow in our vegetable garden.
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