Dr Tom Duncan, PhD, MA (The Arts Society): Tom Duncan studied History of Art and Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and has lectured widely to heritage and artistic organisations, nationally and internationally, for many years. He regularly leads tours including Ireland, Italy, the Middle East and tours to leading musical and opera festivals.

The history of gardening in Ireland broadly reflects the changes in Irish society over the past few hundred years. Centuries of military conflict give way to an era of peace and prosperity with outbreaks of temperament as new social classes and mores displace those apparently entrenched.