Join our in-house floral designer Iona Murray for a day and learn how beautifully she brings the outside in and creates simple effective floral designs naturally. 

Iona will be running the following courses throughout 2020 (see below) and the itinerary for each is as follows: 


  • Meet at 9.30 am for tea & scones
  • Garden / Farm walk and forage
  • Spring & Easter floral demonstration lesson
  • Lunch at 1 pm
  • Afternoon of more seasonal floral demonstrations

Summer Roses: Thurs 18th  June 2020

A Ballymaloe favourite, we will be looking at how to pick, plant and care for our ever-growing variety of roses and summer companion flowers, Iona will be demonstrating all types of seasonal arrangements.  Explore and forage Ballymaloe's gardens and woods for material with Iona and enjoy a guided tour of our walled garden and woodland walk.

Price €125.00 per person including lunch

Halloween decorations & Autumn displays: Thursday 22nd October  2020                                        

As the season turns fully to autumn there are a whole new range of flowers available and turning leaves and berries, creating a new palette of textures and colour to work with. This allows Iona to dress the house perfectly for darker nights and cosy evenings spent by the drawing-room fireside. It is the perfect place for telling stories and preparing for this spooky time of year. Halloween allows us to produce creative, carving creations in gourds and pumpkins from the traditional to the inspirational. Iona will work with candles and lights to build sensational seasonal displays with floral magic to create the whimsical for this enjoyable season. 

(As it is also the perfect time to be planting bulbs for indoor winter displays, we will go through the methods of planting and the care required, types of flowers that cope with being forced.)

Price: €125.00 per person including lunch

Christmas Flowers and Decorations for the Country Home: Early December TBC

This will be a very busy day, you will cover the A-Z of festive seasonal decorations, as during the day Iona will be discussing all things Christmas.  Beginning with a walk around the grounds, and looking at the types of foliage available to gather. You will also visit the elaborate festive decorations throughout Ballymaloe ready for the up-coming party season.  Iona will explain her methods for decorating the house during her absolute favourite times of the year. 

The day will cover all things Christmas trees, mantelpiece decorations, swags, stair garlands, wreaths, table centres, Kissing boughs, Christmas lights and other traditional seasonal displays, inspiring you to start preparing your own decorations, so you can wow family and friends for the upcoming festive party season.

Price: €150.00 per person including lunch. 

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