22April2018

Blarney Castle and Gardens, Cork

Pictured above Peter Donegan [Donegan Landscaping] with Adam Whitbourn [Head Gardener] and Paul O'Sullivan [Media and Advertising Manager] at Blarney Castle and Gardens. I had met Adam Whitbourn some time ago at Clare Garden Festival where I was speaking earlier this year and whilst our paths had crossed since, last week I decided to make the journey to Cork and was honoured that Paul and Adam, two real gents I should add, both made themselves available to personally guide me through the estate.

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'A Garden for Every Season' with Fiann Ó Nualláinn

Tuesday 2nd September, 11.30pm
Room: Carolan Room
Prices: €18 for Friends of the National Concert Hall (Non-members: €24)

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Woodland Walk- Basic Tree Identification Walk

This walk is aimed at beginners. We will be taking a walk around Marlay Park to learn how to identify a number of different trees based on characteristics such as bark, leaf shape and seed. The aim is for everyone to leave this walk knowing how to easily and confidently identify a number of our common trees, such as oak, birch and hazel, while getting out in the fresh air for some fun and light exercise.

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Official Launch of Heritage Week

The official launch of Heritage Week takes place this Saturday at Merrion Square Park in Dublin from 11-4. We are teaming up with the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland for an archaeological extravaganza suitable for all the family. Have a go at excavating in the Big Dig, see Viking combat displays and weapons and much, much more. We'd be delighted if you could join us on the day.

Click here for Event Details.

Source: The Heritage Council - Official Launch of Heritage Week

Exhibition: Kilmacurragh - Through the Artist's Eye

Friday 8th - Tuesday 26th August
The National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh, located in east County Wicklow is the centrepiece of an 18th century estate. It is famous for its towering rhododendrons and wild flower meadows. At present it is enjoying a major phase of replanting and rejuvenation, using ecological planting with drifts of plants from China to Chile.

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Organic College

Honey Queen for 2014

This week at the annual gathering of Beekeepers from around Ireland and abroad, Catherine Caulwell, teacher of sustainable food production at the Organic College, was elected Honey Queen for the coming year.

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Artsy London - David Corscadden

Last week I spent some time in London and to be honest I feel tired when I think back to all the walking around the city that I did! The one great thing about walking around so much was that I stumbled across some very cool statues and art installations while I explored!

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ISNA

ISNA Plant Fair this Sunday at Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford

In conjucntion with Wells House & Gardens this Sunday Wells House & Gardens Isna will host a plant fair in the beautiful surroundings of this Ballyedmond venue. The plant fair will take place next Sunday 27th July 2014 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The members participating at this event will be Rare Plants Ireland, Camolin Potting Shed, Harrington Exotics, Caherhurley Nursery, Rare Bits, Sarah Largue, Kilmurry Nursery, Mulhall Obelisks and Leamore Nursery.

Source: ISNA - Plant Fair this Sunday at Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford

RHS Awards: Ahoghill Flies Flag for Northern Ireland

They've planted over 5,000 flowers, arranged 250 hanging baskets and clocked up over 200 gardening hours per week, now all Ahoghill can do is await the visit of Britain in Bloom's mystery judges.

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ISNA

Last ISNA Plant Fair for 2014 – Fota House Sunday 14th September

Why not join us for the last ISNA plant fair for 2014. Where's the year gone ? This event will take place on Sunday 14th September from 11am to 4pm at Fota House, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, just a few miles outside Cork City. Click Here for more details.

Source: ISNA - Last ISNA Plant Fair for 2014 – Fota House Sunday 14th September

Taste of Carlow

Ireland is known for its festivals and Carlow isn't shy about holding them in its town and surrounding villages. The County is still glowing from the successful 11 day Carlow Garden Festival and with it fresh in mind, are about to have an afternoon of 'Food, Craft & family festival fun' with the upcoming Taste of Carlow Festival on Sunday, 31st August. 

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European Land Stewardship Week

Date: 26th September-5th October 2014

The second edition of the European Land Stewardship Week will take place from 26th September to 5th October 2014. Landlifeweek is an initiative of the Spanish LIFE Information & Communication project, 'LANDLIFE' (LIFE10 INF/ES/000540), whose overarching goal is to boost land stewardship as a tool for nature and biodiversity conservation (particularly in the Western Mediterranean Arch), by communicating its value to the general public, institutions, land planners and specific stakeholders.

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The International Garden Centre Congress Comes to Ireland - David Corscadden

This week is a very exciting time for the Irish horticulture industry as the 56th International Garden Centre Congress came to Ireland. The five day event has seen over 200 delegates from 22 different countries converge on the country to experience our great horticulture, food and culture.

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River Discover Day in Prehen Aquarium

A free and fun afternoon of wildlife discovery. Come along and join in with art and craft activities, nature trails, feeding time at the aquarium or get up close to birds of prey, and butterflies and moths.

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Laragh Volunteer Day

On this volunteer day we will be checking the trees we planted this year- fixing tree guards, trees that might have fallen over, etc. We will also be checking the deer exclosures and performing any maintenance that needs to be done. Our Laragh reserve is in a beautiful location with great views however there is a steep walk to this site and so this is not suitable for everyone.

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Carlow Garden Festival Opens – We’re in for A Treat! - Dee Sewell

Carlow Garden Festival has recently begun and what a fantastic way to open it with none other than the queen of plants-women, Carol Klein. If I gush a bit during this post I hope you'll forgive me as having spent two days at local garden related events with another nine in store, it's difficult not to!

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Buddleia

Buddleia: The Plant that Dominates Britain's Railways

More people are buying buddleia for their gardens, but it's classified as an invasive species and is a problem on British railways. It's hard to walk by a railway line in Britain and not see buddleia.

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Get Your Garden Buzzing with Eanna Ni Lamhna

Join one of Ireland's best known public figures in the area of nature and the environment for a wild and wonderful talk about 'Gardening for Wildlife'. Eanna Ni Lamhna, long standing contributor to "Mooney Goes Wild" and author of several wildlife books, will be at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on Saturday July 12th at 2pm for the talk. With her matter-of-fact knowledge, humour and folklore-laden take on Irish wildlife, it's sure to be entertaining!

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Dublin PARK(ing) Day 2014 – Call for Entries

Please sign in before the 22nd of August at dublinparkingday@gmail.com. Dublin PARK(ing) Day is back on Friday the 19th of September 2014 and is calling for all enthusiasts (individuals and organisations) to create pop up parks, installations, art pieces, giant games or performance around Dublin City.

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