Westmeath Horticulture Course star in Dermot
O’Neill’s new series “Dermot’s Secret Garden”
Students on Westmeath Community Development Horticulture
Course, based in Belvedere House and Gardens got the
opportunity of a lifetime to star in the new series of Dermot O’Neill’s
programme “Dermot’s Secret Garden” which will air this Thursday 14th February
on RTE one at 7pm.
The series consists of six episodes. Dermot decides to enlist the help of gardening expert and
tutor John Smyth and the students of this FAS sponsored Local Training
Initiative Gardening course to help with
the arduous task of preparing the ground for their ambitious project. And in
return he offers gardening lectures.
Over the last two years Dermot has been involved with the
students on varies projects including the building of the LARCC garden project
in Multyfarham, restoration of the walled garden at Belvedere and including
many projects regarding his own private walled garden at Clondeglass, Co. Laois.
This has been a unique opportunity for students to engage with world renowned
plant expert ganing knowledge in planting schemes and projects.
Dermot’s private garden is closed to the public and for
Dermot to allow our Students to work closely with him is something that
Westmeath Community Development is very proud to be part of. Clondeglass has been very important in
Dermot’s personal come back from illness. It houses his own private plant
collection and the students have gained important knowledge regarding
horticulture through Dermot’s vast knowledge on the subject.
Speaking about the project, John Smyth, Horticulture Tutor, noted “It has been a unique experience to work with
Dermot and all Horticultural students who played their part in bringing
Dermot’s dream to life”.
The students are based in Belvedere House and Gardens where
they are completing a FETAC level 5 major award in Horticulture under Tutor
John Smyth and Co-Ordinator Majella Maher. The course was established in 2009
and it has been oversubscribed every year.
The course is a progression path to further education and many of the
students are currently completing the Horticulture degree in Blanchardstown IT
and the Botanic gardens. Course coordinator Majella Maher commented “We
are looking forward to seeing the impact that the students have made regarding
this and we would like to thank everyone who was involved “.
The Programme is sponsored by Westmeath Community
Development in association with FAS and Westmeath County Council. If you would like to learn more about the
programme and for details on the next Horticulture Programme please contact the
course Co-Ordinator Majella Maher 087-7923349 or firstname.lastname@example.org .