26April2018

Top Ways to Include the Kids in Valentine's Day Celebrations

Valentine's Day can signify any type of love, though in most instances the holiday refers to the love of a couple. However, having kids can change all this, which is why it's important to learn ways to include the youngsters in on the fun. Here are the top 3 ways to get the children excited for Valentine's Day:

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Hunting Brook Gardens January Newsletter

A very happy new year to you all! I escaped for a week to La Gomera and was totally blown away by its spectacular beauty and allowed my tan to be topped up ! I have to say the mountain walks were some of the most stunning places I ever visited.

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GBIF Young Researcher’s Award 2013 – Call for Proposals

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has established the Young Researchers Award to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students who are deploying GBIF-enabled data in master's and doctoral programmes at universities in GBIF Voting countries, which includes Ireland.

Read more: GBIF Young Researcher’s Award 2013 – Call for Proposals

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Beginners Gardening Course - Hunting Brook Garden

Beginners Gardening Course - One wednesday a month from Feb 20th - Nov 20th 2013 at Hunting Brook Gardens with Jimi Blake. The beautiful surroundings, wide range of plants and relaxed, informal classes make learning at Hunting Brooks Gardens a pleasure and an inspiration.

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IFI

Invasive Species App Now Available from the Google Play and iTunes App Stores

Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched an exciting new smart phone app that is now available for free download from the Google Play and iTunes App stores. The easy to use and readily accessible 'IFI – Invasive Species' app will aid users in the identification of invasive species and permit them to take georeferenced photographs that will immediately be uploaded to the IFI server. 

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The Next Generation of TCD Botanists

The Next Generation of TCD Botanists

Second class national school children visited the Botany and Zoology Departments in October 2012 to learn about biodiversity. They visited the botany lecture theatre and laboratories and the zoology museum, and got their hands on carnivorous plants, fossil trees, the world's largest seeds, and animal skins and bones.

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Rónán Ó Snodaigh

The Willow this Winter by Rónán Ó Snodaigh

That willow isn't going to sleep anytime soon
He likes the glow of the winter moon
Looks like he'll be staying up late with the lads again,
Playing cards and counting the stars

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College of Amenity Horticulture National Botanic Gardens Open Day

Careers in Horticulture College Open Day

Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Would you like a Career Working in:

  • Parks Gardening
  • Large Garden Estates

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New Wildlife Website

Going Live - New Wildlife Website for Ireland

The answer is both the red deer and the pygmy shrew feature on a new website from The Vincent Wildlife Trust (www.mammals-in-ireland.ie ) that can be accessed by the public from Saturday 18th August onwards. www.mammals-in-ireland.ie presents facts and photographs for thirteen Irish mammals, from the familiar fox to the elusive pine marten. The information is presented in a way that will suit both curious amateur and professional mammalogist, with detailed information on topics such as the habitat, foraging and roosting behaviour for each species, but also a quick reference box providing basic facts.

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Meet the Phoenix

Meet the Phoenix Park Gardeners, Saturday August 11th.

Come and discover the beautiful restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. Learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, herbs and lots more. Meet OPW professional gardeners Brian and Meeda at the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden on Saturday August 11th between 10.30am and 12noon with lots of advice to plan your perfect garden for the busy months ahead.

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Clare Garden Festival 2013

Following the successful first festival as part of Clare Show, the 2013 festival is a stand-alone event to be held independently on 28th April 2013. The festival will be run in partnership with Co Clare Show committee at their premises of Ennis showgrounds. A new festival for gardeners and novices with talks and demos for all ages and skill levels. The Clare Garden Festival theme is 'Going back to your roots!'. 

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Botanic Gardens - Guided Walks: Springtime in the Gardens

Join us for a springtime walk through the gardens discovering what's out and what is about to come into bloom. When: Sunday 10th February Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre

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Meet the Phoenix Park Gardeners

Come and discover the beautiful restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. Learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, herbs and lots more. Meet OPW professional gardeners Brian and Meeda at the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden on Saturday, February 9th between 10.30am and 12noon with lots of advice to plan your perfect garden for the Spring months ahead. Please bring suitable footwear.

Read more: Meet the Phoenix Park Gardeners

Temple Street, Inis Mór Half Marathon 2013

April 20th 2013 will be my 3rd year fingers crossed of my running crawling doing the Temple Street Childrens Hospital half marathon. There are of course reasons why Temple Street is very close to my heart, but that may be is a story best told over a cup of coffee.

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Gardeners are the Happiest at Work Say City & Guilds - Phillip Voice

City & Guilds has released the Career Happiness Index 2012, which offers broad insights into what people in the UK consider to be the most important factors contributing to their happiness at work. Of the 2200 workers surveyed, gardeners and florists topped the list of happiest workers, followed by hairdressers and plumbers. Meanwhile, bankers, IT professionals and HR workers are the least happy.

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Mothers Give ‘Antibodies’ to their Children in Plants Too

Sprouts of pyrethrum, a type of marguerite, get two types of substances from their mothers that protect them against outside threats. The mother plants give them pyrethrins to resist micro-organisms and foraging insects. In addition, the mother plants also supply substances which ensure that the sprouts can compete with small plants in their immediate environment.

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Phoenix Park

Meet the Phoenix Park Gardeners, Saturday October 13th

Come and discover the beautiful restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. Learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, herbs and lots more this Autumn. Meet OPW professional gardeners Brian and Meeda at the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden on Saturday, October 13th between 10.30am and 12noon with lots of advice to plan your perfect garden for the Autumn and Winter months ahead. Please bring suitable footwear.

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HortiBiz

Plants Cry for Help When an Attack Can be Expected

Eggs of insect pests deposited on plants trigger the production of scents by plants that affect different plant community members probably helping the plant to get rid of the pest before it becomes harmful. These results are reported the journal PLOS ONE by researchers, of the Laboratory of Entomology of Wageningen University and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW).

Read more: Plants Cry for Help When an Attack Can be Expected

Plans For Skateboard Park In Mullingar

Westmeath County Council is investigating the feasibility of providing a Skateboard Park in Mullingar Town.

Five possible site locations have been identified as follows:

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The Environmental Impact of Video Games (Infographic)

Six billion pounds of games and consoles have been sold, and if all the games and consoles produced by Nintendo ended up in a landfill, that would amount to the weight of more than 5,555 Statues of Liberty. That’s just two pieces of information illustrated on a new infographic about the environmental impact of video games.

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