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Events: The 2nd National Irish School Garden Education Conference


ella with Liz McGonigal

This in from Hans Wieland of The Organic Centre. Funny thing as you are reading, is that Fionnuala Fallon, Paddy Madden and Sonairte have all been guests on The Sodshow. Great to see. Well done lads and best with the conference.


  • Organised by SEED, the national network of organic centres and education outlets.
  • In Marino Institute of Education Dublin
  • Saturday 4th October from 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Turning School Gardens into Living Classrooms

SEED are delighted to announce the return of the School Garden Education Conference following last year’s enormous success. Gardener, writer and author and former guest of The Sodshow Fionnuala Fallon who will be the keynote speaker.

School gardens or Living Classrooms are a huge educational resource for schools and are proving to be an important part of teaching an integrated range of subjects in an enjoyable and fulfilling way.

They demonstrate important examples of native habitats, biodiversity, the balance of nature and the web of life, teach children how to grow local organic food without using chemicals, provide hands-on practical sessions to promote sensory, experiential and fun learning which helps to develop a well-balanced individual and they fully support the Green Flag Programme.

The aim of the conference is to inform teachers about the benefits of school gardens and enable them to link all curriculum strands to the living classroom. SEED the national network of organic centres and education colleges will present their work and provide inspirational workshops.


  1. “SEED TO SEED” – Practical seed saving -Irish Seed Savers
  2. “FROM PLANT TO PLATE” – Recipes for success – The Organic Centre
  3. “LOOKING FOR THE LIVING CLASSROOM – Applied Biodiversity -Kerry Earth Education
  4. “CUTTING AND COST SAVING” – Propagation explained – Sonairte Ecology Centre & Paddy Madden

The cost for the day is €70.00 per person or €150 for 3 people and includes conference talks, workshops, lunch, raffle for school garden equipment and a chance to meet the conference exhibitors. To register and pay please visit or return the attached registration form to SEED Network c/o Paddy Madden, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

Marino Institute of Education accommodation rates for the conference are:

  • €39.00 for a single B & B
  • €58.00 for a double B & B

A certificate of attendance will be presented to every participant.
We look forward to your attendance at Ireland’s second school garden conference.
SEED (School Earth Education) is a national network including The Organic Centre, Sonairte Ecology Centre, Irish Seed Savers Association, Kerry Earth Education, Blackrock Education Centre and Marino Institute of Education.
Patrons of SEED are Darina Allen and Trevor Sargent

Hans Wieland

Paddy Madden, alonside Trevor Sargeant of SEED have been previous guests on The Sodshow. Their interview kicks in at 14 minutes 10 seconds on the player below.

peter donegan, trevor sargeant

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