Month: August 2017

On 23 September, there is a talk on Interesting Trees and Shrubs for Amazing Autumn Colour by Mary Keenan of Gash Gardens, Co. Laois. A talk on the Best Herbaceous Perennials to Extend Seasonal Interest in your garden will be given by Paul Woods of Kilmurry Nursery, Co. Wexford. Cost: €25 for both talks and includes morning coffee. Information: 086-8745580.

Tastes of the Orchards is a Tasting Tour of the fruit orchards at Irish Seed Savers, Scariff, Co. Clare. The ISSA has been active in growing and selling Irish heritage varieties. At least 70 distinct varieties of heritage apple trees on site are spread out between early, mid and late ripening times. During the tour you will be able to taste many heritage varieties of apples, and the guide will talk you through the varieties and answer any questions you may have.
Adult Admission €12. Dates: 8 and 9 September.

A different Perspective – Mount Venus Nursery a Work Space is a Photography Exhibition by Liat Schurmann. The venue is Mount Venus Nursery, Dublin. Liat has taken photos in the nursery over the past few years, capturing the atmosphere as a work space, showing objects and scenes usually overlooked and misinterpreted by the way we see things. The exhibition will be held in the idyllic setting in the old Green House of the Walled Garden. Dates: 9 to 17 September, Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm, and Sun 1pm – 5 pm. Admission is free.

And the Mount Venus Autumn Sale will take place on 16 September to 1 October 2017 at Mutton Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

On Sunday, 17 September, Fota House will host the Irish Specialist Nursery Association Plant Fair. These nurseries offer a wide variety of plants, services and advice. Most of the stock that they produce is propagated by themselves or sourced from other artisan producers. They offer a large selection of plants ranging from the more common species to the rare and obscure

cultivars not normally found in the bigger retail outlets in Ireland. 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 car parking. Conducted tours of the newly restored Farmyard at Fota House will be available during the afternoon.

Kevin Begley from Coolwater Garden will be speaking on ‘The Gardens of Ireland Trust’ and Garden Tourism at The Tourism and Hospitality Summit! CityWest Convention Centre, 13th Sept 2017. Theme: Collaborating For An Innovative Food Island.

Tetra Pak Tree Day is an annual event – this year on 5 October – organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak. It is a special day in the school year when primary school pupils are actively encouraged to go outdoors to study and enjoy their local trees or woodland. Information, printable class lessons and lots of forest facts and fun can be found on the Tree Day website, Guided woodland walks will also be organised nationwide.

Each year a different native tree is highlighted and this year the spotlight is on the oak tree. This native deciduous tree is very important for biodiversity as it provide habitats for hundreds of invertebrate species along with many species of birds and mammals.

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Matter, Motion, Minutes

New works by the acclaimed Irish artist Michael Canning go on exhibition in London on 26 September. Jamie Anderson, director at Waterhouse & Dodd, notes: “Each new exhibition we mount brings a wider audience to Michael’s work and his paintings have proved enduringly popular. I think people respond to the timelessness of the imagery and the beauty of the subject matter. The gallery becomes a rather contemplative space in the presence of his work.”

Garden clubs

Balbriggan and District Horticultural Society: Annual Flower Show on 3 September. Exhibits to be staged before 11.30am. Open to the public 2.30pm to 5pm in Balbriggan Community College, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Admission €3.

Foxrock and District Garden Club: On 26 September, Foxrock Church Pastoral Centre, Rosie Hardy talks on Autumn Flowering Perennials at 8pm. Admission €7 for non-members.

Killinick & District Garden Club: Annual Gardening Show on 9 and 10 September at Johnstown Castle Gardens

in Wexford. Open classes for fruit, flowers, vegetables, herbs and preserves, and others. Show schedules from Jimmy on 087 765 3924

Macroom Flower & Garden Club: Floral Demonstration with Betty Cumiskey AOIFA entitled Gems with Stems, 14 September, at Coolcower House, Macroom, Co. Cork. Doors open 7pm. Further details: 087-9821708.

Visitors are most welcome

Kenmare & District Garden Club: Let’s go Latin – It’s all Greek to Me, Making Plant Names Sexy is a light-hearted and accessible look at the use of botanical names by Carl Wright of Caher Bridge Garden, Co. Clare on 7 September, 7.30 p.m. in The Gateway, Killarney Road, Kenmare. For directions, contact Geraldine 086-3935965.

Ennis Flower and Garden Club: Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a Floral Demonstration by Brid Coonan, AOIFA President at Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis on Tuesday, 19 September, at 8.15pm. Admission €10 (non members).

Templeogue Horticultural Society: Jimi Blake will talk about New Perennials in Our Lady’s School, Templeogue, Dublin, on 20 September, at 8pm. Admission €7 for non-members. All are welcome.

Waterford Regional Gardening Club: On 21 September, at 8pm, in the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack St, Waterford.

More Tales from the Road by Shirley Lanigan, gardening writer and author. Non-Members €5. Refreshments & Raffle to follow. Contact Noreen 086-4083419.

Naul Gardening & Flower Club: Annual flower show is on 9 and 10 September in the Clann Mhuire GAA Hall, Naul, Co. Dublin. Open to the public 2.30 to 5.30pm Saturday and 12 noon to 4.30pm Sunday. Auction at close of show, Admission: adults €3, children free. Schedule: 086-2850561.

Galway Flower & Garden Club: On 19 September, at 8pm, in the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway, Beatrice Hartog’s title is A Floral Rendezvous. Admission €10 non-members. Further information contact

It is anticipated that the festival will attract many visitors from far and wide to view the floral exhibitions created not only by renowned national arrangers but also by members of the Parish.

Admission is €10 (which includes teas) and also includes 2 for the price of 1 into Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford village.

For further information contact: Lesley 087 2810478, or Email: free newsletter

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