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Last Sunday October 8th RTE aired for the 2nd time our episode of At Your Service with Francis and John Brennan. It is now one year since we opened and what a year out has been. Its a real trip back in time to watch this show again.
This September, Burtown House continues its connection with art of all kinds with an exhibition of 50 pieces of stunning Zimbabwean stone sculpture. On display from 8th September throughout the wonderful gardens of this 300-year old country house in County Kildare, the ‘Birdwoods at Burtown’ exhibition connects New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Ireland – through family association, a multigenerational inheritance of creativity, and a shared entrepreneurial spirit.
**Neil Porteous at Burtown House and Gardens
Myanmar to Mount Stewart ** In 2016, Neil Porteous explored two regions of Myanmar (Burma) and details his fascinating experiences from his trip. Neil presents details of the famed botanist and plant explorer Frank Kingdon Ward’s collection at Mount Stewart. Kingdon Ward also travelled to Burma on plant hunting expeditions.
Original Water Colour Paintings by acclaimed botanical artist Wendy Walsh with portraits of Wendy by her daughter Lesley Fennell
Wendy Walsh was one of Ireland’s foremost botanical artists. She illustrated over a dozen botanical books, and designed postage stamps for the postal service of Ireland, and for Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands). In addition she has worked with the late Sybil Connolly on fabric designs for Brunswick and Fils, and ceramics for Tiffany’s, including designs based on the flower collages of Mary Delany. She is known internationally for her books produced in conjunction with the distinguished botanist Dr Charles Nelson, former taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens , Dublin. “An Irish Florilegium” won a bronze medal for the Most beautiful book in the world” at the Leipzig Book Fair.
Lesley fennell studied at the National College of Art, Dublin and the Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, London. She has always been particularly drawn to the human figure and the garden, and paints and draws extensively from life. Her paintings are mainly in oils, and she undertakes portrait and garden commissions. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, England, and abroad. Her work is in many collections, including the OPW, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trinity Law School, Limerick University, Kildare St and University Club, and KPMG