Joan de Lacey is one of an elite group of 50 graduates in Ireland with a Masters in Organic Horticulture from University College Cork.
Graduating with a 1st she is passionate about growing roses sustainably in tune with nature. Mono-culture of a single species is avoided and biodiversity is encouraged. Instead of a uniform field, the roses are grown as in a Rose Garden with mown paths divided by rose geraniums and wild flowers at the fringes. Butterflies and bees are encouraged with mixed hedges of sloe, holly, fuchsia, hebe and fruit trees.
“By planting thoughtfully to encourage natural predators you can enable an eco-system that is self sustaining without need for chemical intervention.”