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April 25, 2021
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Each workshop discusses the history, theory, principles and essential elements of flower arranging. We also discuss the merits of different vases/containers for your flowers, the styles achievable and the best treatments for different flowers to prolong vase life. We spend time both flower arranging and also examining our materials in situ where they are growing and discuss how they are best harvested. Sarah will explain the background and theory of flower arranging and then she will encourage you to produce an arrangement that is uniquely you.

What differs in each course is the material we work with. All materials we use for these classes are grown here at the Burren Flower Farm either cultivated or foraged and therefore are unique to and reflect the particular season. Participants bring their own beautiful arrangements home with them.

Level – beginners

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May 23, 2021
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Led by local ecologist Cilian Roden.

Cilian is an ecologist who lives on the edge of the Burren by Galway Bay. He has a long standing interest in the flowers and ecology of the Burren and has written several scientific  papers on unusual flowers he found there. More recently he has worked with a student Philip Doddy on the strange algae that grow in the natural rock pools found on the Burren limestone pavement.He is also very interested in the small lakes which are found in the south of the Burren around Mullaghmore and he believes these are some of the most pristine water bodies in northwestern Europe. He feels strongly that ecology concerns more than just ecologists and has led many field trips for those interested in nature. Like many other environmentalists he is deeply concerned about the decline in Ireland’s ecosystems.

The Burren Flower Farm is very excited to host Cilian and this workshop as it is something we feel very strongly about. It promises to be a deeply thought provoking day full of discussion and learning.

Topics we will touch on during the day will include:

The more important plants and animals of the area.

The main habitats such as, limestone pavement, hazel woodland, turlough, grasslands and so on.

How one habitat becomes another: soil formation, spread of seeds etc.

How people have changed the landscape.

How modern life could undermine our relationship with nature.

The workshop will be hands on and the entire day will be spent outdoors on the farm examining each of the habitats present. Participants can expect to learn a great deal about the ecology of the Burren from a very experienced ecologist and facilitator.

Level - Content of the day will be aimed towards adults. If you know of, or are, a particularly keen young budding ecologist who may wish to attend, please contact us re participation prior to booking.

Light refreshments will be provided on the day but participants should bring their own packed lunch and snacks as this will be a full day outdoors. Appropriate clothing and footwear essential.

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June 6, 2021
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

An evening workshop, led by Gordon D'Arcy - naturalist, author and artist.

During the various lockdowns we've all endured over the last year, many found themselves paying more attention to nature and in particular to the songbirds and their many and varied signature voices. Due to their speed and elusiveness, tucked away in trees and shrubs, birds are often easier to identify by their song and call than by visual ID. If you have wanted to be able to distinguish and identify birds by their song then this is the event for you.

Led by Gordon, we will spend the two hours walking through the various ecosystems of the farm, from pasture to turlough, to limestone pavement and mixed native woodland. As we stroll, Gordon will identify the many birds we will hear. We can expect to hear up to 20 species of songbird depending on weather conditions. Towards the latter part of the evening Gordon will talk about and show us the key identifying features of the various birds we have heard.

Gordon has been studying and drawing birds since childhood and is a skilled educator and facilitator for all levels.

A mid-summer evening stroll through the farm, being serenaded by birds, with the stunning backdrop of the Burren hills. This promises to be an extremely informative and relaxed experience to savour. Hope you can join us!

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August 8, 2021
10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Led by Deirdre Bennet, local and highly experienced organic grower and class facilitator.

Calendar of sowing - what to start when, polytunnel vs outdoors, recommended varieties, managing your soil, common mistakes to avoid, common pests and diseases and how best to prevent or treat them. Light refreshments provided.

Level – beginners to mid

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August 29, 2021
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Each workshop discusses the history, theory, principles and essential elements of flower arranging. We also discuss the merits of different vases/containers for your flowers, the styles achievable and the best treatments for different flowers to prolong vase life. We spend time both flower arranging and also examining our materials in situ where they are growing and discuss how they are best harvested. Sarah will explain the background and theory of flower arranging and then she will encourage you to produce an arrangement that is uniquely you.

What differs in each course is the material we work with. All materials we use for these classes are grown here at the Burren Flower Farm either cultivated or foraged and therefore are unique to and reflect the particular season. Participants bring their own beautiful arrangements home with them.

Level – beginners

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September 5, 2021
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Spend a peaceful day at the farm creating your own unique and personal piece of jewellery.

Sarah has been creating beaded jewellery since her teens. She started making jewellery professionally in 2008 and has been on the go ever since. Her one of a kind pieces have made their way to Asia, Canada, Australia and the US amongst other places. Sarah has been selling her one-off pieces weekly at Kinvara Farmer’s Market since 2015.

Making jewellery is one of the most relaxing and meditative activities you can partake in. Sarah will show you the basic techniques and equipment required and then let you loose on her stock of beads! At the end of the day you will bring home your own unique necklace and pair of earrings that you created yourself. The focus of the class is on creating colourful expressive jewellery in a relaxed and fun setting. Light lunch/refreshments included.

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September 19, 2021
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

An introduction to landscape photography both here in the Burren and elsewhere.

Led by Andreas Riemenschneider of Doorus Photo.

We will cover where to go, when to go, equipment you will need, how best to use your equipment to get the most out of it, photographic composition and why wellies are essential to enjoyable photography!

This will be an outdoor workshop so dress suitably!

Level – beginners

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October 3, 2021
10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Spend a peaceful day at the farm creating your own unique and personal piece of jewellery.

Sarah has been creating beaded jewellery since her teens. She started making jewellery professionally in 2008 and has been on the go ever since. Her one of a kind pieces have made their way to Asia, Canada, Australia and the US amongst other places. Sarah has been selling her one-off pieces weekly at Kinvara Farmer’s Market since 2015.

Making jewellery is one of the most relaxing and meditative activities you can partake in. Sarah will show you the basic techniques and equipment required and then let you loose on her stock of beads! At the end of the day you will bring home your own unique necklace and pair of earrings that you created yourself. The focus of the class is on creating colourful expressive jewellery in a relaxed and fun setting. Light lunch/refreshments included.

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October 24, 2021
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Dating back to Greek and Roman times and pre Christian useage, wreaths have been part of human history for a very long time. Historically they have symbolised many different things, from power and victory, to the cycle of life and the cyclical nature of seasons of the year, as well as representing honour and joy in feasts and celebrations. The circular shape of the wreath is said to represent the perfection of divinity and eternity.

Making wreaths is one of the most fun and relaxing forms of creating with nature. There is something quite meditative about the process and it is almost impossible to get it wrong!

In this workshop we celebrate the autumn harvest and the preparation for the darkness and hibernation of mid winter. The light is low in the sky and our days are shorter. We invite you to  forget the plastic mania that Halloween has morphed into and join us for a sometimes fun, sometimes contemplative, relaxed afternoon of hot apple juice and autumnal wreath making.

Sarah will show you how to create a traditional wreath base from willow, which you can use year after year. You’ll decorate your wreath with a wonderful mixture of wild and foraged ingredients such as seeds and seedheads, grasses, fruits, leaves and dried material from both the cutting area and the woodland. No two wreaths will come out the same, each having your own very personal touch and style.

This is a relaxed, fun and mellow workshop where the emphasis is on connecting and learning in the beautiful and calm surroundings of the Burren Flower Farm. Places are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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November 28, 2021
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

This workshop is where we really look at the natural world around us and make use of the diversity of material in the woods, in the hedgerows and in the fields. We will use a combination of evergreen and deciduous material in our wreaths. At this time of year an important purpose of wreaths whether indoors on our tables, or outdoors on our doors, is to remind us of the eternal cycle of the seasons and of nature. The wreaths you make during this workshop are a reminder of the power of nature. They serve as visual reminders that even if we spend more time indoors during winter, nature is still there, still supporting us, still in need of our support, still offering us beauty through colour, texture, and scent. We often spend far less time outdoors during mid winter which is why we try to bring nature and the outside, in!nnSimilar to the class in October, Sarah will show you how to make a base for your wreath using natural willow rods, which can be used year after year. Once your base is ready you will then decorate your wreath with a mix of locally sourced organic evergreen foliage and material collected here on the farm. Depending on your own personal style, the end results will vary from elegant and sophisticated to natural and rustic. You go home with your own personalised wreath.nnRelaxed and fun, this winter wreath making workshop is the ideal way to prepare for the winter solstice and Christmas and to create something beautiful and completely natural for your home. It is an opportunity to slow down and simply focus on one thing for a day, while enjoying the magic, the quiet and the slow pace in the Burren. Hot ginger tea throughout the day will keep us warm and focused!nnLevel - beginnersnCost €125, class size 8 people, light lunch and refreshments included.

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January 30, 2022
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

10.30am to 5pm

Sowing seeds of annuals, biennials, perennials – understanding the differences.

Seeds, compost, trays, modules, blocks, watering, potting up, planting out.

Common mistakes, what to look out for. Timing your sowings, growing your plants on, collecting seed, storing seed.

Level – beginners

Cost €125 class size 8 people

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February 6, 2022
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

10.30am to 5pm

Sowing seeds of annuals, biennials, perennials – understanding the differences.

Seeds, compost, trays, modules, blocks, watering, potting up, planting out.

Common mistakes, what to look out for. Timing your sowings, growing your plants on, collecting seed, storing seed.

Level – beginners

Cost €125 class size 8 people

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February 27, 2022
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Versatile throughout the growing season, easy to grow, abundant flowering and available in such diversity of colour and scent. Sweet peas are absolute essentials in any garden, of any style.

Learn the various ways to speed up the germination of sweet pea seeds, how best to start them, grow them, maximise flower production and store their seeds for next year. Level – beginners

Cost €75, class size 8 people

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March 6, 2022
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

This particular workshop focuses on the work horse and darling of the late summer garden, the dahlia. Ranging in height from 30cm to 130cm, with thousands of varieties to choose from, there is a colour and shape for every corner of the garden.

How best to start, grow and store dahlias.

Categories of dahlias and recommendations for varieties.

Maximising flower production. 

Winter care.

Level – beginners to mid

Cost €125 (includes light lunch and refreshments if permitted by guidelines) class size 8 people

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March 20, 2022
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

10.30am to 5pm

Sowing seeds of annuals, biennials, perennials – understanding the differences.

Seeds, compost, trays, modules, blocks, watering, potting up, planting out.

Common mistakes, what to look out for. Timing your sowings, growing your plants on, collecting seed, storing seed.

Level – beginners

Cost €125 class size 8 people

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April 10, 2022
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Each workshop discusses the history, theory, principles and essential elements of flower arranging. We also discuss the merits of different vases/containers for your flowers, the styles achievable and the best treatments for different flowers to prolong vase life. We spend time both flower arranging and also examining our materials in situ where they are growing and discuss how they are best harvested. Sarah will explain the background and theory of flower arranging and then she will encourage you to produce an arrangement that is uniquely you.nnWhat differs in each course is the material we work with. All materials we use for these classes are grown here at the Burren Flower Farm either cultivated or foraged and therefore are unique to and reflect the particular season. Participants bring their own beautiful arrangements home with them.

Level – beginners

Cost €125, class size 8 people, includes light lunch and refreshments

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April 24, 2022
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Burren Flower Farm, Turloughmore, Boston Tubber, Co. Clare, H91 RHR2

Each workshop discusses the history, theory, principles and essential elements of flower arranging. We also discuss the merits of different vases/containers for your flowers, the styles achievable and the best treatments for different flowers to prolong vase life. We spend time both flower arranging and also examining our materials in situ where they are growing and discuss how they are best harvested. Sarah will explain the background and theory of flower arranging and then she will encourage you to produce an arrangement that is uniquely you.nnWhat differs in each course is the material we work with. All materials we use for these classes are grown here at the Burren Flower Farm either cultivated or foraged and therefore are unique to and reflect the particular season. Participants bring their own beautiful arrangements home with them.

Level – beginners

Cost €125, class size 8 people, includes light lunch and refreshments

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