Month: February 2017


Fantasy Lights new showroom

Fantasy Lights, leading supplier of outdoor and garden lighting, has announced the stocking of a new garden lighting showroom with the latest lighting equipment for stylish and energy-efficient installation. Garden lighting has become an important element of garden design and it is now much cheaper to run. Corrosion-proof garden lighting is salt-resistant and specifically manufactured to suit coastal conditions. The garden lighting showroom at Fantasy Lights, is just five minutes from Junction 8 on the M50. See


Lafcadio Hearn Gardens

Since opening just over a year ago, the Lafcadio Hearn Garden in Waterford has attracted great interest. With a traditional Japanese tea garden, stream garden, ponds, waterfall and woodland, it is influenced by the tradition of a Japanese Strolling Garden. Lafcadio Hearn has Irish, Greek, American and Japanese connections. He is best remembered today in Japan by his adopted name, Koizumi Yakumo. Generations of Japanese children have been taught English through the medium of his translations of many key works of Japanese folklore and legend.


Root Development boxes

Root Development Gardens has launched custom-made, unique and interchangeable wooden planter boxes, ideal for easily changing seasonal flowers and plants to keep your home looking fresh and colourful. Since 2003, Root Development Gardens has provided a full garden design consultancy to customers. For all further information?:

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Fota House ISNA Plant Fair

On Sunday, 18 September, Fota House will host the Irish Specialist Nursery Association Plant Fair. The ISNA was established to represent the smaller, specialised nurseries, which offer a wide variety of plants, services and advice. Most of the stock that they produce is propagated by themselves. They offer a large selection of plants ranging from the more common species to rare and obscure cultivars. The Fair will run from 11am to 4pm, and catering facilities will be available in Fota House and on site throughout the day. Admission 5 including parking. Tours of the newly restored Frameyard at Fota House, 5.


The Elho Bird Garden is an innovative design that allows the display of flowers and provides a place for birds. This stylish planter comes in both a vibrant lime green and a deep cherry. The double walled birdhouse ensures a good breeding climate and is easy to clean and resistant to weathering. Available from Springmount Garden Centre, Gorey, Co. Wexford, 19.99


Learn to make a garden sculpture!?

?Learn how ?to make a chicken or rabbit sculpture from chicken wire for your garden at the Tinahely Farm shop on 17 September from 10 am till 4.30pm. The day costs 85.00 includes materials for sculpture and morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and. Please call Philip on 087 8168457 to book a place.


EGO POWER+ – 1 year

Summing up EGO’s first year, European marketing director Steve Roskell explains: “It’s been a massively successful launch year for EGO throughout Europe. We’ve established ourselves as a market leader. Gardeners and professional landscapers alike have really bought into our brand values and have seen the benefits of lithium-ion. It’s a hassle free, quieter and more environmentally friendly alternative to both petrol and mains electric machines.”

Sunday 7th August 2016 at 2pm to 3:30pm in Festina Lente, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow. More details on


Here at Festina Lente Gardens we pride ourselves on keeping a very good quality lawn care program throughout our walled gardens, making sure that they look their best all the year round. Come and pick up hints and valuable tips from one of our Gardeners here at Festina Lente that will give you this information. If you ever wanted to know how and appreciate how to keep a good weed free green lush lawn this workshop is for you. The 90 minute workshop and demonstration will talk you through the various stages on how to achieve this. There will be an opportunity towards the end of the workshop for questions to be asked by participants on any queries and concerns you may have about your lawn.

Topics covered include:
? Moss & weed control
? Lawn feeding
? Grass seed mixtures
? Top Dressings
? Dealing with Drainage problems


Price per person is 20. Click here to book and pay online.


Sunday 21st August 2016 at 2pm to 3:30pm in Festina Lente, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow. More details on


Do you have an area in your garden that looks unsightly never looks like anything is hard to keep clean and tidy especially during the summer months when the weeds seem to be growing faster than you can manage to keep under control. Wild flower meadows are an alternative to lawns and boarders and can provide you with a display for many months.
You can grow a choice of:
? Annual Meadow mix
? Perennial Meadow Mix

The workshop will cover how you can recreate a pictorial meadow. Part of this workshop will be a practical demonstration showing how to prepare and sow an area to provide you with wild flowers.

Learn about the following:

? Site Assessment to include soil type aspect etc
? Sowing times Spring / Autumn
? Ground preparation
? Sowing seed mixtures
? After Care / Maintenance of the meadow garden
? Annual verses Perennial seed Mixtures
? Advantages of growing a wild pictorial meadow


Price per person is 20. Click here to book and pay online.

Humble Herb Talk with Dr Nicolas Kats
The 39th Clifden Arts Festival takes place from 15 to 25 September 2016. This 10-day festival features over 200 diverse events with an exciting programme filled to the brim with artists, writers, poets, theatre, music and visual art spectacles. Once again, the fascinating US naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist, Nicolas Kats will give an informative, engaging Herb Talk which will enchant visitors.


Tag Des Gartens

Between 4 and 6 September 2016, spoga+gafa will transform Cologne into a global marketplace for everything needed for outdoor living. This year will see around 2,000 exhibitors from around 60 countries exhibit their outdoor innovations at the world’s leading trade fair for the garden and leisure industry. After its successful premiere, Tag Des Gartens, the garden exhibition for everyone will take place in Hall 8 and the adjacent Rheinpark on 3 and 4 September.

Gardens of Cork tour with Jimi Blake



The gardens to be visited are Fruitlawn Garden, Co. Laois, Blarney Castle Gardens, Bruno Nicolai’s garden and Hester Forde’s garden. Cost of trip is 220 per person and this includes travel by coach, lunch at Arthur Shackleton’s garden, all entrance fees and guided tours with garden owners and Jimi Blake. Accommodation in Cork on the night of 15 September, evening meal and lunch in Blarney are not included. If you would like to join us, then simply contact Jimi by email at or 087-2856601.

Wexford’s Veg Patch

Michelle and Mervyn Morrison sell fresh vegetables directly to restaurants and food outlets, and now to the larger community. The Veg Patch is located in Effernoge, Ferns, producing all the vegetables that are for sale using only organic methods of production. Details can be found on and delivery is weekly to central county Wexford. Prices start at 12.50 per box and there is some flexibility in placing orders but for efficiency sake, certain seasonal staples are included, and tailoring an order is also an option.

Heritage Gardens Conference


Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust and the Office of Public Works has announced the dates for the next conference on 7 to 9 October. The well-established 3-day format will again be adopted with the topic of Commemoration Gardens and Gardening at the exciting venue of Dublin Castle.


Russborough Restoration

The 18th century walled garden at Russborough House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow is being restored by members of the RHSI. In 2011 members of the RHSI came on board to restore it to its former glory. With improvements made to date, it is hoped that in 2017 many foreign visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the garden given by members of the RHSI. Anyone interested in booking a group tour of the garden please contact:


On TUESDAY 13th September, BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time records a programme in Cultra Manor at The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

The celebrated panel of gardening experts will be tackling the questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts, with Eric Robson in the chair and the team being made up of Matthew Wilson, Bob Flowerdew and Bunny Guinness.–Question

Killinick Annual garden show in Johnstown Castle on Sunday September 11th from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

Carlow’s final 1916 commeration event will be held in An G?irdin Beo beside St. Leo’s Convent, Old Dublin Road, Carlow, on Saturday 24th September starting at 2pm.

The itinerary for the afternoon will be as follows:

? Gathering in main hall for music and introduction ? Procession to the commeration site led by a lone piper ? Commerative events around the pond? Refreshments in the main hall

The afternoon, in addition to commerating 1916, will be a great opportunity to introduce the garden to you, to show you what it is about, the work being done along with the work that still needs to be done and to show who will benefit from the garden in the future. An G?irdin Beo is a non-profit community organisation based on two acres of land beside St. Leo’s Convent. It aims to establish a garden that will enable a diverse mix of people to connect with each other, through nature, art and creativity; and the growing and making of food. For more information please go to or AnGairdinBeo on facebook.

Gardening Gala


The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland was founded in 1816 and has its bicentenary this year. In celebration, it has arranged a Gardening Gala to be held at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin on 30 September. Gardeners and international plant-hunters, Monty Don, Dan Hinkley, and Roy Lancaster will be speakers, and Chelsea gold-winning florist, Jenny Murphy, will start the proceedings with a flower-arranging demonstration. All tickets available from Ticketmaster.


Waterford garden art exhibition


An exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures and other work from artists inspired by the gardens and plants at Tourin, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, will be on display there in early October. Art historian, Patricia Butler, will launch the show on Saturday, 8 October, at 6.30 pm. This is the second of a series of Gardens of Ireland Art Exhibitions. Kilmacurragh was the first garden to invite artists to paint subjects in the garden and exhibit their work in a successful show which ran at Glasnevin last year. Twenty artists were invited to Tourin. The exhibition is open daily, 1 to 5pm until October 16.


Yanny Petters solo exhibition


The Olivier Cornet Gallery will present a solo exhibition by botanical artist Yanny Petters, opening to the public on 10 October.

Yanny Petters creates detailed paintings of plants and their habitats. This exhibition of “verre eglomis?’ panels is dedicated to Wilma Petters whose garden was the inspiration for these twelve paintings.


Rhizo power

Rhizo power is a natural tonic developed for Irish soils. It is a natural probiotic for soil with beneficial bacteria and promotes plant growth by enhancing soil nutrient levels and acting as a “bio-fertilizer’. Available to home growers, Rhizo power can be applied all year round as a general soil tonic and also direct to seeds and bulbs at sowing. It is not a mycorrhizal product but enhances the functioning of soil mycorrhizae. High bloom is for flowers and Increased crop, for vegetables. Price is 35 for 500ml, to cover 1,250 square metres. To order: or 087-9816569.

Guided Walks: Autumn Colour


Autumn in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 is an incredible experience and you can take a special guided tour through the autumn leaves and herbaceous borders savouring the seasonal colour, during October and November. Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm. 5 per person. Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm – free of charge.

Unusual Bulbs lecture


Jacques Amand International Flower Bulb Specialists began as a flower shop in London in 1927 and has grown to become a major supplier of bulbs, including well-established favourites as well as the rare and unusual. John Amand’s lecture covers the commercial growing of bulbs and plants, some of which are rare. Organised in conjunction with the Irish Garden Plant Society and the Alpine Garden Society, on 20 October, at 8.00pm, in the Education and Visitor Centre, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 9.


Rose umbrella!

Create beautiful displays of weeping and standard roses in your garden with Rose Umbrellas. Ideal for small and large garden displays, they are available in two forms for new and established roses with prices from 285. Classic Garden Elements are handcrafted and have a 10-year, no-rust guarantee. For ideas on using rose umbrellas, rose arches, obelisks, pillars and trellis to create beautiful rose displays, please visit:


“Gardening behaviour study


As part of a research study being conducted in Dublin Institute of Technology we would like to invite gardeners and gardening enthusiasts to share their food gardening habits in this quick questionnaire. The questionnaire can be accessed through the following link:


Many thanks to those who take part!”

Christmas Gala Floral Demonstration

By AOIFA Teacher & Demonstrator

Janet Maddock

In aid of

St. Mary’s & St. Gerard’s National School, Enniskerry


Janet is a qualified AOIFA Teacher & Demonstrator and is a keen gardener, who will entertain and wow on the night.

She has won National competitions and competed in Japan and done training in Germany.

In the School Hall

Thursday November 17th @ 8pm

Open to all

All Janet’s Floral Display’s will be raffled on the night

Ticket’s 15

Available from the School Office, & Sheena 0868555301






“JAMES BURNSIDE” Demonstrator

15 includes tea coffee, mince pics & raffle ticket

The Club will make a donation to:

Maynooth Day Care Centre and Irish Association for Cancer Research


Enniskerry Gardening Club are delighted to announce that for our November meeting Thomas Packenham, will be giving an illustrated talk based on his recent book, The Company of Trees. He will have copies for sale at the meeting. Thomas is the author of Meetings with Remarkable Trees, which was made into a television series of the same name, and Remarkable Trees of the World.


Please note that the date of this meeting is on the second Wednesday of the month, 9th November.

The talk will be in Powerscourt Parochial Hall, Enniskerry (next to Poppies)

on Wednesday 9th November at 8.00 p.m.

All Welcome – 7 for non-members


Irish Seed Savers Association wins awards

Irish Seed Savers Association has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Irish Food Writers’ Guild Community Food Awards which recognise and celebrate the contributions made by organisations, enterprises and individuals to furthering social responsibility and reward stellar community efforts in the food arena. This year’s awards were made possible with the support of Slow Food Ireland.



Fruit Hill Farm raised beds

Fruit Hill Farm is offering free delivery before Christmas on its raised beds. Raised beds are easily accessible: every plant can be reached to water, inspect and finally to pick. These are made from untreated FSC-certified larch wood, they are tough and durable, and eco-friendly too! The beds give you 1m2 of growing space and can be extended, easy to assemble. Dimensions: 100×100 x43cm. Tel: 027-50710



Stihl FSA 56 Compact Cordless Grass Trimmer

At just 3.3kg (including battery), the FSA 56 is lightweight and extremely quiet. The tool is well-balanced with a height adjustable shaft and changeable handle position that can be altered at the push of a button, making it comfortable for all gardeners to use and perfect for trimming those awkward to reach edges. The efficient motor and powerful 36V Lithium-Ion battery runs for up to 20 minutes. Recommended retail price for the FSA 56 starts from ?199 including battery, charger and VAT. See


Eco Christmas Crafts

Eco Christmas Crafts is a children’s event at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, on 3 December. Make cool Christmas ornaments from recycled and natural materials and it’s good to know you’re helping the environment by reusing old card, paper, string, and plant material from the Gardens. Suitable for age 6 years and up. Cost: 5. Booking essential.


Portofino Roman Arch

The Portofino Roman Arch from, with clear and simple features, is an elegant and discreet entrance. The arches are made from powder-coated, galvanised steel. All rose and climbing plant supports come with a free 10-year, no-rust manufacturer’s warranty. For more, please call 087-2306128.


The GLDA presents in association with

Bloom, by Bord Bia

The Designed Garden – completing the picture

The GLDA’s 21st International Garden Design Seminar

Saturday 11th February 2017

at Crowne Plaza Dublin, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9

TICKETS: Full members, Pre-Reg members & Friends: 70. Students: 50.

Non-members: 95.

BOOKINGS: or Tel: 01 294 0092


Behind every well designed garden there is a team of talented and dedicated professionals: the landscape architect or garden designer, the landscape contractor and the nurseryman, who in collaboration takes a site and a client brief from its inception to its reality as a beautiful and functional outdoor space. Each has a unique and essential role to play.


Come and meet the team at the GLDA’s 21st seminar on Saturday 11 February 2017, and explore with them their individual roles and the co-operation involved in “completing the picture’.

Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones run Cr?g Farm Plants in North Wales, where they have an outstanding and unrivalled selection of exciting plants, many of which have not been cultivated in the West before. Sue and Bleddyn spend up to three months every year collecting plants in remote corners of Asia, the Americas, and more recently Europe. They are among the few licensed collectors in the UK. Their work has resulted in discoveries of many exciting species, new to science, as well as the discovery of an entirely new genus. Their first ever display at Chelsea won the coveted President’s Award and since then they have won many RHS Gold Medals They will take us through the fascinating world of plant collecting in South East Asia in a wet climate with steep terrain, showing us how many of the plants we are now familiar with have been discovered, plus exciting new discoveries and introductions to come from their more recent trips.



Thomas Doxiadis, ASLA, is an internationally recognised architect and landscape architect from Athens where he has his own architecture and landscape practice. The practice won first prize for the urban space fronting the new Acropolis Museum. He taught at Harvard and has won many awards for his work. He is the current chairman of the Natural Environment council of the Greek Society for Natural and Cultural Preservation. Thomas has written about and participated in conferences focusing on ecology, landscape, and the city.


In 1999 Thomas founded the architecture/landscape practice doxiadis+, which addresses design on the basis of environmental and landscape ecology principles. The practice consists of architects and landscape architects, and has extensive international collaborations. Projects include design of developments, parks, marinas, residencies, resorts, urban interventions, landscape restoration, and policy.


Emma Mazzullo, DLA, MSGD, joint managing director of Mazzullo + Russell Landscape Design.

Emma Mazzullo is a highly experienced landscape architect and garden designer who has worked both on public and private projects all over the world over the past 30 years. She has specialised in high end private realm landscapes for many of these years and has particular experience in designing and delivering high profile landscapes which rely on working closely with a wide range of different disciplines.


For over 20 years (1994 to 2014) Emma worked as practice director for the internationally renowned landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd, who designed the new look Airfield in Dundrum. In 2014 she and Libby Russell (also an ex-employee of Arabella’s) set up Mazzullo + Russell Landscape Design. Emma has overseen commercial and domestic landscape projects ranging from a half acre roof garden in the City of London and four Chelsea Flower Show gardens to many large private and commercial landscapes in Britain, Europe, Russia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong and North America.


No?l Van Mierlo of the design bureau Van Mierlo Tuinen in The Netherlands specialises in creating adventurous gardens and bold garden structures. He won an award for the Best Natural Pool (2015); The Most Sustainable Garden in 2012 and was also winner of National Garden of the Year in 2003, 2008 and 2010. He says, “The garden should be an extension of your house, assimilate with the existing surroundings and fit your way of life. My purpose is to create natural wellness experiences in the garden that give you joy. I do that by bringing together nature, architecture and people with craftsmanship, attention to detail and care.” He will demonstrate this by showing us some of his exciting work, sustainable but using modern and innovative materials.


An intensive one-day horticultural course with Tanguy de Toulgo?t will bring you through the essentials of creating a garden that is both productive and a pleasure to the senses. Learn how to grow tasty vegetables in a sustainable, intensive and cost-effective way in a typical French garden where vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers are mixed. Contact: Dunmore Country School, Durrow, Co. Laois. Tel: 087-1258002

Starting on 26 February at Hunting Brook Gardens, Blessington, Co. Wicklow is a Masterclass in Planting. If you are looking to increase your skills and knowledge of plants, join Jimi Blake, owner of Hunting Brook Gardens, one Sunday per month from 10am to 4pm, 12 classes per year. Contact: 087-285 6601


Order any Gabriel Ash cedar greenhouse in January and February 2017 and receive 500 worth of accessories from the stunning Gabriel Ash cedar accessories collection including water butt, cold frame, blinds, seed trays, cedar planters and potting trays. For more details: 087-2306 128.

Dates have been announced for Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2017 and it takes place 5 to 7 May 2017 and will be held again in the magnificent Antrim Castle Gardens in partnership with Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council. The 2017 Show will be larger than ever before. Keep tuned for up-dates!

Woodville Walled Garden, Co. Galway, will open daily from 11am to 4pm for the month of February. There are guided tours each day at 2 pm with the head gardener Marie looking at the varied snowdrop collection and early spring bulbs. Snowdrop Event will be on 11 February with guest speaker Assumpta Broomsfield. For further details contact Margarita at 087/9069191 or

Recently, Irish Garden carried out the first-ever survey done in Ireland linking gardening to mindfulness, and 89% of respondents say they have experienced mindfulness in their garden. Gardening was understood to mean the action and non-action of spending time in the garden. A massive 1,567 people responded, a wide mix of social status, age profile and gardening ability. Remarkably, 99.6% said that gardening or spending time in their garden in their experience increased well-being in their life. Visit

Old roses sometimes tend to look a little bit messy and disorderly. The Charleston Rose Column is ideal for helping roses to retain a compact form whilst supporting branches straining under the heavy burden of rose blossoms in full bloom. Contact: or 087-2306 128

Coolwater Garden in Co. Limerick features an extensive water garden. A new project to install seven new circular troughs is underway. The circular troughs are painted black, with a diameter of 42″ and made of solid concrete. Planting will be a collection of ferns, tiny rhododendrons and cushion saxifrages with some other surprises also. Visit

From the new Jelitto catalogue, ‘Green Twister’ is a unique and colourful selection of echinacea. This lively green coneflower shows natural variation in the colour and size of the green edge. The horizontally arranged petals are arranged around a large cone. Flowering stems are shorter in the first year but normal size, 100cm, in the second year. More information on this and a huge range of perennials flowers at

The Gardens of Ireland Trust, the new representative body for gardens open to the public, is now inviting members from the Gardens Open and Garden Tourism sector. The Gardens of Ireland Trust aims to have a new garden tourism website targeting the garden tourist and tour groups, and will work with relevant organisations to facilitate garden tourism workshops and promotion of garden visiting, both domestically and internationally. Contact: or

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