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RHSI Partner Gardens Scheme

The RHSI is pleased to announce the introduction of our first ever RHSI Partner Gardens Scheme, enabling members to visit our Partner Gardens free of charge, or at a concessionary rate, at normal open times. This is a brand new service for members which it is hoped will further encourage you to visit and be inspired by some of the finest gardens in Ireland.

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Northwest Garden Show 25th & 26th May 2013

It’s 2013 and it’s back! The Northwest Garden Show takes place on the weekend of 25th and 26th May. We are expecting over 20,000 visitors to the Show this year. View our show gardens, sample our home-grown produce and experience a weekend to remember with over 150 exhibitors.

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Win Tickets to Bloom 2013

We have 8 pairs of tickets to give away. Draw will take place before Bloom and arrangements will be made for winners to pick up tickets. Please spread the word about GardenGuide and if you have a moment connect with us on  and  .

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Lucan GIY Host Great Educational Evening of Food Growing in Schools - Trevor Sargent

Paddy Madden, author of ‘Go Wild at School’ and SESE lecturer in Marino Institute of Education, was the brilliant speaker at Lucan GIY monthly meeting on Mon 15 April last. Even though I thought I knew a good bit about school gardens and getting kids interested in the natural world, I was blown away by the practical array of trials, projects and experiments which Paddy demonstrated using old containers and other make-shift equipment which would be common in most households.

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"Homebase Study Finds Today's Children Crave Garden Knowledge

Nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of British children want to be taught more about gardening at school, according to research by Homebase based on a survey of 1000 children, compeletd ahead of RHS National Gardening Week. Recent figures from Lantra, the skills council for the land-based industries, suggest that there is a serious skills shortage in the British gardening industry, with 11,000 new entrants needed over the next 10 years in order to survive.

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Clare Garden Festival

The newly established Clare Garden Festival to be held on the last Sunday in April will feature expert garden speakers coming from all over Ireland and covering all areas of gardening.The theme this year fitting to the Gathering is 'Going back to your roots!' with exciting expert talks in heritage bulbs, root crops (including of course potatoes) but also trees, shrubs and flowers to be presented and discussed.

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New Children’s Book to Help with Protection Against Ticks, Carriers of Lyme Disease

Galway author publishes new book to help with Lyme Disease prevention! Jenny O'Dea, co-founder of Tick Talk Ireland has written a new children's book called 'The Adventures of Luna and Dips (ticks)' to warn parents, teachers and children about ticks, the carriers of Lyme Disease. Follow Luna from her birth as a young larva, as she finds her way through the trials and tribulations of growing up. She learns many things from her friend Dips, but has to undertake her quest alone.

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'Get Them Used to Vegetables as Early as Possible'

Teach babies to get used to the taste of vegetables as early as possible, even earlier than fruit, for improved acceptance,' recommends Dr Gerry Jager of Wageningen University. 'Learn young, learn for life' was the theme of the 6th National Nutrition Conference, an initiative of the Alliantie Voeding Gelderse Vallei. It was a day full of absorbing and well-attended lectures.

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ITB Promoting Horticulture to Young Students at Scifest Event

SciFest is a one day event showcasing Science and Technology and Intel are the main sponsors. It is an exhibition of projects and a competition for students in different Science and Technology categories. It is considered a precursor to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

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Plants are at the Heart of Many Crucial Global Issues Facing us Today

If we were to close our eyes and imagine a world without animals, what would it look like? It’s not that difficult to imagine a planet devoid of humans or other animals. Now try and imagine a world without plants. It’s almost impossible to conceive. Although we sometimes take them for granted, plants have made possible and shaped life on Earth while making this a truly green planet.

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BordBia

Bord Bia Launches Bloom 2013

Bord Bia recently announced the return of Bloom, its hugely successful gardening, food and family festival, which will take place within a 70 acre site in the Phoenix Park, Dublin this June bank holiday weekend. Now in its seventh year, the event attracted over 80,000 visitors last year.

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Alert Over Caterpillar Pest in London and Berkshire

People in parts of London and Berkshire are being reminded by the Forestry Commission, Public Health England and local authorities not to touch caterpillars of the oak processionary moth, which are beginning to emerge in oak trees in these locations. They are also advised to keep children, pets and livestock away from the caterpillars and their nests, and to report any sightings.

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Ardcarraig Garden Open Days

The garden at Ardcarraig , Oranswell, Bushy park , Galway has opened annually in May for the past 27 years in aid of Galway Mental Health Association. The owner , Lorna MacMahon was a horticultural ancillary therapist in the Psychiatric Unit of UCHG for twenty eight years and the funds raised go to help those recovering from mental illness.

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Save the Bees

This Letter was sent to Minister Coveney, Ambassador Montgomery, and others,
Please add your voice and do the same:

Dear Minister Coveney, Dear Ambassador Montgomery,

This is to express my deepest disappointment that on 15th March 2013 you did not support the EU ban on nerve-agent pesticides (neonicotinoids). Bees play such an important role to the planet's survival and I urge you to make it priority to maximise their chance to survive by supporting a ban on neonicotinoids. 

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Dermot ‘O Neill – A Light at the End of K.P.F.A`s Polytunnel

Amidst news of harsh cutbacks and trying times for the Kerry Parents and Friends Association comes a sweeter tale as the Association prepares to celebrate 40 years of supporting adults with an intellectual disability throughout Kerry. Celebrations in the Listowel service coincide with their Annual Garden Fete which promises to be extra special as celebrity gardener, Dermot 'O Neill, of RTE fame, is confirmed as star guest and somewhat a light at the end of their polytunnel!

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Airtricity Garden Festival Launch

UTV presenter Rita Fitzgerald was joined recently by her two year old daughter Ellie and Ellie's grandmother Margaret to officially launch the 2013 Airtricity Garden Festival - Northern Ireland's premier garden event. Taking place in the stunning setting of the private gardens of Hillsborough Castle from 17 - 19 May this year's event will feature over 200 exhibitors and promises to offer something for every generation.

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Body & Soul Partners with Green Sod

If you go down to the woods in June... go on your bike! Body & Soul is a festival concept originating as part of the annual Electric Picnic. Now with its own home at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath, it offers more than the standard music festival experience by including a diverse range of activities, foods and experiences while linking up with local and environmental groups and charities. The lineup for 2013 has now been released, and having run a promotional stand and "The Story of The Universe" at last year's festival, Green Sod Ireland are delighted to be nominated by Body & Soul as this year's chosen charity.

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