23January2018

Budding Ardboe Gardeners Celebrate a Local First with TV’s Monty Don

Saint Patrick’s Primary School, Mullinahoe have been awarded a Level 3 certificate from the Royal Horticulture Society Campaign for School Gardening. Twenty-four green-fingered pupils from Primary Six undertook the RHS gardening project at the County Tyrone school and their growing success has reaped praise from none other than celebrity TV gardener, Monty Don. The seasoned writer and TV presenter personally congratulated the delighted Ardboe pupils on their RHS award at the recent Hillsborough Garden Festival, praising them for nurturing their blossoming gardening skills.

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Innocent and GIY Sow & Grow Schools Campaign

To all those who entered, Thank you..
A huge thank you to all the schools that got involved, we are very impressed by the amazing growing and creativity. The Winners were chosen based on some important criteria; making growing fun, imagination and creativity, integrating growing into class work, cooking with the produce and of course, success in growing.

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Phoenix Park - History and Learn more

The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park was established in 1662 by one of Ireland’s most illustrious viceroys, James Butler, Duke of Ormond, on behalf of King Charles II. Conceived as a Royal deer park, it originally included the demesne of Kilmainham Priory south of the River Liffey, but with the building of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, which commenced in 1680, the Park was reduced to its present size, all of which is now north of the river.

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Bloom 2013 Latest News & Updates

Minister Simon Coveney Speaks About the Origin Green Initiative at Bloom read more
"Australian TV Presenter Trevor Couchrane at Bloom Festival" read more
Hector O'hEochaagain at Bloom 2013 read more
Sales are Blooming at Bord Bia’s Annual Garden, Flower and Food Show read more
Bloom 2013 in Pictures read more
Winners 2013 Show Gardens read more
Free Garden Consultations from the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland read more
Bloom in the Park 2013 Medal Winners read more
BordBia

Blooming Great Turnout at the Phoenix Park!

The Phoenix Park Blooms as record 15,000 visit Bord Bia’s annual gardening and food show on opening day. Bord Bia has opened the gates for the second day of this year’s Bloom, the annual gardening, food and family festival. Organisers report a record number of 15,000 visitors have already experienced all things Bloom and it is anticipated that numbers will continue to rise as the event continues and the sun continues to shine.

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O'Neill Opens Lettershandoney Play Park

The play-park was developed by Derry City Council with financial assistance of £136,510 from Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme through assisting rural communities, North West (ARC NW).

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Bloom in the Park 2013 Medal Winners

The esteemed Bloom judges, including Chelsea Flower Show’s chief judge Andrew Wilson, have been examining, observing and deliberating over the last two days before announcing the much- anticipated results this morning. A total of 95 medals including 25 Gold, 22 Silver Gilt, 28 Silver and 20 Bronze, were presented to garden designers, nurseries and floral artists.

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“Get Up Get Out!” Kids Summer Campaign Launched

Coillte, in partnership with parenting website Mykidstime.ie, have launched their “Get Up Get Out!” children’s summer activity campaign. The campaign aimed at parents and children brings together a series of free outdoor activity ideas that will entertain children during the summer months.

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Top Five Considerations for Children’s Gardens - Barry Lupton MGLDA

  1. Safety: Levels of safety are a matter of personal preference but they should be considered nonetheless . Essentially, If an element or feature makes you feel uncomfortable, then it’s not right for you. Items likely to cause safety concerns and which might warrant consideration include: steps and level changes, privacy, choice of hard landscape materials, plant choice (poisons, spikes and thorns), water and machinery and visibility.

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Bloom Special on RTÉ Player

Keelin Shanley, Aine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney report from horticultural and culinary event Bloom 2013, at Phoenix Park in Dublin.

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BordBia

Sales are Blooming at Bord Bia’s Annual Garden, Flower and Food Show

Sales are blooming for the 400 horticultural and food companies participating in Bloom, the annual garden, food and flower show organised and run by Bord Bia. Stock is flying off the shelves for the 100 exhibitors in Bord Bia’s Food Village, with many reporting overnight trips and late night baking to restock and keep up with demand. Many producers are estimating a 30% increase in sales over the previous year's event.

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Winners 2013 Show Gardens

Giardino della Mostra (Large)
Giardino della mostra, translating generally from the Italian as “exhibition garden” or “garden of exhibits,” is a garden that encourages you to design your own garden to a strong theme whilst referring to the fact that a good garden is formed from the sum of its parts. The concept and layout are, in part, inspired by Ireland’s only permanent exhibition of show gardens at Gardenworld, Kilquade (the National Garden Exhibition Centre), Co. Wicklow.

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Free Garden Consultations from the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland

"Simply come along to our standwith a photo of your garden and we will advise you on how to turn your backyard eyesore into the garden of your dreams. We will also help anyone who is attempting to build their garden themselveswithfree advice and handy tips from the best in the industry, i.e. the members of the ALCI”. 

The Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI) – Designing Constructing& MaintainingIreland’s Gardens for over 40 years.

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RHS

Young School Gardener of the Year 2013

Dom Wood, children's TV presenter and keen gardener, has joined forces with RHS to encourage schools involved in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening to nominate pupils for the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year Award 2013.

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School of Irish Archaeology Summer Camps

Activities include:
Archaeology Excursions
Historical Shoe Making
Neolithic Pottery Making
Bow & Arrow Making
Archaeology Excavation - The Big Dig

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