The President Invites: Travels with Michael Bowyer MBE

Join NAFAS National President Michael Bowyer on this wonderful trip to southern Ireland to see beautiful gardens in springtime and meet the designers behind some of the country’s best known gardens.
NAFAS has teamed up with ECT Travel to provide this opportunity.

You will visit Helen Dillon’s Garden, Powerscourt Estate, Hunting Brook Gardens, June Blake’s Garden and Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, and also be treated to a floral demonstration from NAFAS demonstrator and current President of the Association of Irish Floral Artists, Christine Hughes. Based for five nights at the 4* Ballsbridge Hotel in the centre of Dublin, you will also have plenty of time to explore the vibrant Irish capital.

Don’t miss this wonderful adventure! We are keeping the group sizes small to ensure you have the best possible experience – that means places are limited so we advise early booking.

What’s included in your holiday:

  • 5 nights bed & breakfast at 4* Ballsbridge Hotel
  • Welcome drink and talk from Michael Bowyer on arrival evening
  • 2 nights group dinner at the hotel
  • Private coach travel throughout
  • Panoramic city tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Visit to Helen Dillon’s Garden with tea/coffee and biscuit
  • Visit and entrance to Powerscourt
  • Floral demonstration by Christine Hughes
  • Visit to Hunting Brook Gardens with guided tour
  • Visit to June Blake’s Garden with guided tour
  • Visit to Kilmacurragh Gardens with guided tour
  • One light lunch and one refreshments
  • Services of an ECT Tour Manager


Day 1: Thursday 19th May 2022

Make your own way from Dublin airport to the 4* Ballsbridge Hotel. Check in is from 3pm. Your ECT Tour Manager will meet you there

Early evening – welcome drink at the hotel with your Tour Manager and Michael Bowyer, followed by dinner at the hotel

Day 2: Friday 20th May 2022

Breakfast at the hotel

AM  – 1.5hr tour of Helen Dillon’s garden with tea/coffee and a biscuit

Lunch and shopping at leisure in Dublin city centre

PM –  2.5/3hr panoramic city coach tour of Dublin with a local guide. You will make a stop at Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, where you will be able to get out and have a walk.

Evening: at leisure – you might like to visit some of the nearby restaurants for supper, or go back into the city centre to explore Dublin by night

Day 3: Saturday 21st May 2022

Breakfast at the hotel

AM – self-guided visit to Powerscourt Estate & Gardens in County Wicklow. You will have plenty of time to explore both the house and gardens, as well as enjoy lunch* in the beautiful surroundings. (*Lunch is not included in the tour price.)

PM – time at leisure at the hotel, followed by a floral demonstration by Christine Hughes, a member of the Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA) at the hotel.

Evening – group dinner at the hotel, joined by Christine

Day 4: Sunday 22nd May 2022

Breakfast at the hotel

AM – depart by coach for Hunting Brook Gardens in Blessington for a private tour, followed by a light lunch

PM – guided tour of neighbouring June Blake’s Garden, including refreshments

Late PM – return to the hotel for evening at leisure

Day 5: Monday 23rd May 2022

Breakfast at the hotel

AM – depart by coach for a guided tour of Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens in County Wicklow. You will also have time to explore at leisure. Lunch* is available in the cafe. (*Lunch is not included in the tour price.)

Late PM – depart for the hotel, arriving around 1700h

Evening: at leisure

Day 6: Tuesday 24th May 2022

Breakfast at the hotel and check out (12 noon at the latest)

AM: time at leisure to explore Dublin until you need to depart for the airport and your flight home

Tour ends


For further details click here to go to Michaels tour page on the ECT website:

Event Details


Southern Ireland


Start: 19th May 2022
End: 24th May 2022


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