Postcards from Alice – Carlow, Ireland


Join us as we get a glimpse into Alice’s adventures around the planet.

Today’s destination: Carlow, Ireland

Postcard addressed to: Frances


Dear Frances,

First built as a Butler tower house beside the ruins of a pre-Reformation church, Shankill Castle hosted the annual Carlow Garden Festival—a wonderful opportunity for budding and experienced gardeners and nature lovers to gain practical information and advice from a range of informative workshops while visiting the beautiful gardens.


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The Carlow Garden Trail –  For novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs and garden lovers of any age in Ireland’s ancient east.


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Aaron Bertelsen, the internationally-acclaimed vegetable gardener and author of The Great Dixter Cookbook, created the long-table summer feast with fresh produce from the Victorian-walled garden.  Aaron’s book focuses on Great Dixter — once the East Sussex, England, home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006).

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If you’d like to learn more about the book or Great Dixter, please visit Phaidon UK.


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Set in the castle’s 170-year-old stable yard, the Coach House Cafe produced the meal for 50 participants.


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Hosts Ellen, Rueben and Flora Cope in the apple archway.


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I also enjoyed the magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Mount Juliet, a half-an-hour away. Created in 1991, the course has welcomed Hall of Fame names such as Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.



All photos, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of Alice Lonfat-Chu.

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Lead-In Image, a composite – photo by Alice Lonfat-Chu; stamp image courtesy of spatuletail /