May in the Garden

may bannerWith the weather turning noticeably milder you might be tempted to turn your attention to the garden, but are you at a loss for where to start or what to do?  We asked our resident gardener, Mary, for a few tips for what you should be doing in the garden for the month of May!

  • Sow Swedes, beetroot, carrots, peas, lettuce and spring onions but direct sow frost tender veg.
  • From the middle of the month onward plant bedding plants.  Tender plants can also be planted out.
  • Ensure newly planted fruit trees have been watered if there are minimal amounts of rain.
  • Clip beech, hornbeam, box, thuja and Leyland hedges later in the month.
  • Support perennials, clear spring flowering plants and prepare the ground for replanting.

We hope these tips have been useful and we welcome any gardening questions or queries that you might have!

If you’re looking to stock up on some unique plants then why not drop into our plant sale on May 28th here in Rothe House & Garden.  There will be a wide variety of plants on sale; including many perenials as mentioned above, all grown and tended to by our gardener.  There will also be free admission to the house on the day or why not avail of one of three guided tours at 11am, 1pm or 3pm. We hope you can make it.

Lunchtime Yoga at Rothe House

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Starting on Thursday 5th of May we will be offering a four-week course of beginners’ yoga at Rothe House between 1.10pm and 1.50pm – perfect for your lunch break. You will be instructed by the wonderful Jenny Dillon who has been practicing yoga for 4 years. Jenny  also works as a chartered physiotherapist and really understands the endless benefits yoga offers health and well being. It’s just €10 per session or €32 for all four. We ask that you bring your own may and give us a call on 056 7722893 to book your place.

 

Schools programme

School pupils who visit us at Rothe House and Garden are guaranteed to have fun as well as learn.

With staff in character and costume, children will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating Rothe Family and life in Renaissance Kilkenny as they wander through the rooms, courtyards and gardens.

Pupils will get to dress up in costume themselves and feel what it was like to be ladies and gentlemen of various occupations in Medieval and Renaissance Kilkenny.

Schools Visit

Our garden provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils to learn about horticulture – hands on! The sights, smells and tastes of our garden are the perfect way for children to appreciate the seasons and how they affect what was available to eat in the 17th century.

The tour is structured to enable pupils to gather information and satisfy curiosity as we know they come to interact, not just to listen.  It is designed to complement the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education strand of the National School Curriculum.

We can accommodate a maximum of 35 pupils per session. Each session will last 2-2.5 hours.

We provide stationery and other materials for completing worksheets – please click here to see an example of our primary school worksheet. There are bathroom and cloakroom facilities available. There are no refreshments provided, but there are many shops and cafes nearby.

School visits need to be booked 1 month in advance and will cost €2.50 per pupil. Please click here to make a booking/enquiry.

Rothe House 50th Anniversary programme.

Rothe House was first opened to the public on the 17th of April 1966.

As part of our golden jubilee celebrations, we are holding a gala screening of a new documentary concerning the life of Kilkenny’s own Hubert Butler.

Refreshments will be served on arrival. The film will then be introduced by the film maker and followed by a discussion with special guests.

 

Saturday 16th April, Set Theatre.

Red carpet reception 7pm

Screening 7.30pm

Tickets are €25 and are available from Rothe House and Langton’s

We would greatly appreciate your support and hope you can join us for this very special evening.

 

On Sunday the 17th April our open day will include an exhibition of photographs of Rothe House and its reconstruction in the early to mid 1960’s.  The exhibition will be launched at 3pm, but visitors are asked to drop in anytime between 12pm and 5pm.

We very much look forward to seeing you!

For further information or details contact us on 056 7722893 or by email at reception@rothehouse.com

 

 

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Job Vacancy

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Would you like to join our team? We are inviting applications for the role of LTI Project Coordinator and would love to hear from you.

Take a look at the details here: LTI Project Coordinator Feb 2016

Regina Sexton: Renaissance Food & Drink at Rothe House

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Regina Sexton is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. She has been researching and publishing on the subject of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house.

Regina will give a talk about the typical foods of Kilkenny and the southeast in the 16th & 17th Centuries, when this magnificent townhouse and garden were constructed by merchant, John Rothe Fitz-Piers.

The food history talk will be followed by a Bread and Butter Making demonstration with Joe Mulhall, The Little Mill Company, Anne Neary, Ryeland House and Breda McDonald ICA. (6pm)

Date: Sunday 25th October
Time: 5pm
Venue: Rothe House
Admission: €15
To Book: email info@rothehouse.com or call 056 7722893

For further details of events happening during the festival click here.

Positive Living Workshops with Breda Gardner.

 

 

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Positive Living Talks

Breda Gardner will be running her latest series of positive living talks inspired by and based on the wonderful teachings of Dr Wayne Dyer.  Each workshop will include a handout and some gentle exercise to music, plus a brief talk and a meditation. You will come away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed!  You can come to one or all of the talks, and they’ll help you get energised and get you back on track in your life!  Full details below.

Each evening runs from 8pm to 9.30pm, and costs €10 per session.  The Kilkenny talks take place herein Rothe House, Parliament St, Kilkenny, with proceeds shared with Rothe House.  Places are limited, so please call Breda on 087 2025753 or send an email to breda@bredagardner.com to reserve your place.

Tues 6 Oct  – The meaning of omnipresent intention / Living in the now

Tues 13 Oct  – Connection to intention: how to find your inner purpose

Tues 20 Oct – Obstacles to connecting to intention / Finding inner peace

Tues 27 Oct – Intention & Infinity

Tues 3 Nov Oct -Wayne Dyer’s 10 secrets for success & inner peace (Part 1)

Tues 10 Nov Oct -Wayne Dyer’s 10 secrets for success & inner peace (Part 2

Kilkenny FREE Day 2015

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On Saturday, October 10th, Rothe House & Garden will be participating in Kilkenny Free Day with two FREE guided tours through the late Tudor period town house and garden at 1pm and 3pm. The tours will finish up in the garden where costumed guides will give an experience of a Tudor garden.  Places are limited for the tours so make sure you drop into reception early.

Later that day, at 4pm, there will be a free talk titled ‘Dig for Mental Health’ on the benefits of gardening and community allotments for mental health.  The talk, given by garden writer and designer Shirley Lanigan will be accompanied by a performance by the High Hopes Choir and there will be refreshments served.

All are invited to attend and we hope to see you on the day!

Children’s Summer Camps in Rothe House & Garden!

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From the 20th to 24th of July and the 17th to 21st August we’ll be holding two fun and activity filled children’s summer camps!

Owing to the success of our children’s workshops we figured we’d create a longer, more enjoyable experience for the little ones this summer with arts & crafts, fun, games and gardening.

Places cost just €80 per child for each of the camps and we expect places will fill quick. So make sure you drop into reception on Parliament Street, phone us on 056 7722893 or email reception@rothehouse.com to reserve a place.

Rothe House Garden Day – 13th June 2015

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Join us on Saturday June 13th between 10am and 6pm for the annual plant sale and garden day.  Throughout the day will be a large range of plants for sale, all of which have been propagated, tended to and grown by our very own gardener using seeds and cuttings from the restored 16th century garden.

Also on the day there will be a number of craft and food stalls selling locally made goods and produce!  With free admission to both the plant and craft sale it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some bargains, gifts, novelties or some freshly produced food and at the same time have a stroll in the garden before taking a wander of the houses and courtyards!

There will also be a children’s workshop, talks and a seminar, the details of which are listed below:

 

Children’s Summer Sun Workshop – June 13th – 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Get your little rays of sunshine set for yet another of our sell out workshops!  For kids aged 5 to 11 years this summer themed two hour class will have them celebrating all things summer and creating little masterpieces of their own to take home with them.

Places cost €8 per child and pre-payment is essential as places are limited, contact reception at 056 77 22 893 or email at reception@rothehouse.com

 

A Veggie Garden in Containers – Dee Sewell.  June 13th – 11am to 12pm.

Dropped the kids into the workshop, or hoping to take on growing your very own vegtables but have limited space? Then this workshop is for you!  Dee Sewell of Greenside Up will hold a workshop that teaches you the basic skills of growing and maintaining vegetables in limited space without the use of chemicals!

Admission to this workshop is €5pp.

 

A Holistic Garden – Seminar with Fiann O’Nuallain. June 13th – 2 to 3pm.

Fiann, who is a best selling author, presenter, award winning gardener, health journalist, outreach horticulturalist and ethnobotanist will give a one hour seminar on the topic of holistic gardening.  It promises to be a very interesting talk and not one to be missed.  Any questions or queries that you may have on the topic will be addressed by Fiann.

Admission for this seminar is €5pp.

 

The Rothe Family Garden – talk and tour with Coilín O’Drisceoil and Mary Pyke. June 13th – 3.30 to 4.40pm 

Avail of an indepth talk and tour through the restored late Tudor period garden with Coilín of Kilkenny Archaeology and Mary, resident gardener at Rothe House.

Ever wonder why the garden was laided out in the manner it is? What was discovered during archaeological digs in 2007 and what does this tell us about the Rothes? How and why were the current plants chosen and what was their important in Tudor times?!  Take part in the talk and tour and find out.

Admission to this talk & tour is €5pp.