Month: October 2017

Find your ‘Zen’ at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Join Head Gardener Alex Slazenger at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry, County Wicklow for a talk on ‘Creating a Japanese Garden’ this Thursday October 19th at 11am.

Learn how Powerscourt came to have an oriental garden, the last major addition to the Gardens by the 8th Lord and Lady Powerscourt in 1908. It was an era when westerners were captivated by Japanese attitudes to nature and it was fashionable to have exotic influences in your home and garden. The Japanese Garden was the family’s most private garden where they liked to relax and hold parties.

As well as listening to fascinating stories such as these, Alex will guide you through the practical elements of creating a Japanese style garden. The key to a Japanese garden is to create a calming, soothing and relaxed atmosphere with the use of meandering paths, flowing water and carefully selected plants that float you through the garden. In terms of planting, the Japanese Garden at Powerscourt it is a free-for-all of colourful, exotic species. Join Alex as he discusses the elements of design that are key to creating this atmosphere. Afterwards why not enjoy a visit to Powerscourt Gardens. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year to see the Gardens as the maple trees burst into the glorious colours of purple, red, orange and yellow.

The talk costs €5 and tickets can be booked on The talk does not include entry to Powerscourt Gardens.

Thurles FLower CLub Gala with Christopher White at
CHristian Brothers Thurles on 14 November at 8pm.

Hozelock has a new Auto Reel Range. This is a hose that puts itself away. Models are available from 10m up to 40m to suit different garden sizes. There is a new soft touch connector with added grip and comfort. There is also a new range of Flood and Garden Pumps called the Flowmax Flood Pump. The suction level is easy to control thanks to an adjustable float switch and the pump switches on instantly to its non-return valve. The Hozelock Garden Pump comes with a steel pump casting and ceramic seals as it is designed to last. See

This year’s Blarney in Bloom was a massive success. A total of €36,226.71 was raised for the Irish Guide Dogs. Gardens manager Adam Whitbourn said: “We are delighted to be involved with such a worthy charity and look forward to working with them again at next year’s event which we have just confirmed as Sunday, 15 July.”

The new Peckish Winter Warmer Suet Cake will help birds survive during cold winter conditions thanks to its high fat content and unique Calvita vitamin and mineral blend. Plus, it has a festive mince pie flavour and aroma making it the ideal Christmas gift for your garden birds, or stocking filler for a bird-lover. It is available as an individual 300g suet cake or as an 8-pack gift box with a free feeder. Garden birds are especially vulnerable during winter months due to freezing temperatures and the short daylight hours in which to forage for food. Easy and regular access to food packed with calories can make it easier to survive.

Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork, and Down 2 Earth have designed a special compostable coffee cup. After having a takeaway coffee or tea from Griffins of Dripsey, you now can reuse this compostable cup as a plant pot, or simply compost it. If you dont have time to plant it, give it to a local school, or you can throw both the lid and the cups directly into your brown bin as they are completely compostable, breaking down in a few months.

Neudorff Nematodes are used to control pests such as leather-jackets and vine weevils. Until now, such products needed to be refrigerated but these do not. They can be sold straight from the shelf in stores so gardeners can use them the same day as purchase without having to wait for delivery, and they have a shelf life of 6 months. They are easy to apply especially with the Neurdorff NemaSprayer. Individual soluble bio-pouches make application easy. See

VivaGreen MossOff has won a GIMA award from the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association in the UK. The reason it has won the award is the outstanding results it can achieve when dealing with getting moss off many surfaces and lawns. Clean pots, driveways and playgounds made simple. It is chemical-free making it child- and pet-safe.

Johnsons Lawn Thickener is the perfect grass seed for thickening tired lawns. A new product in their range of lawn products, it is child-, pet- and environmentally-friendly. It is stated that you get 30% more grass and a denser lawn with a single application. A 500g pack covers up to 20 square metres. See for information.

Bord Na Mona Growise has launched a new range of 18 products in consumer-friendly pack sizes and formats. The new range comprises: Growmore, Fish, Blood & Bone, Bonemeal in 10kg, 3.5kg and 1.5kg granules, Sulphate of Potash, Sulphate of Ammonia, Superphosphate, Sulphate of Iron, Epsom Salts in 1.5kg powder form, a 3.5 kg granular formula of Lime, 10 kg and 2.5kg pellets of Chicken Manure, 7kg, 3.5kg and 900G granules of Slow Release General Purpose, 3.5kg and 1kg granules of Rose, Tree & Shrub, 1.5 kg granules of Ericaceous, a Compost Maker, three types of All Purpose fertilizer and a 20 tablet pack of Water Retaining Gel.

‘Grow & Store’ from Gabriel Ash

A pioneering garden building featuring a seamless blend of wood and glass with the innovative full length automatic ridge ventilation and hand-made by experienced craftsmen using the finest Western Red Cedar, The ‘Grow & Store’ is the perfect blend of tradition and technology. Gabriel Ash is the only timber greenhouses endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and has a 10 year guarantee. Grow and Store is 9ft (2790mm) wide and available in lengths from 6ft (1844mm) and prices starting from € 3,900 (excluding delivery, installation and VAT). For more details, or to arrange an appointment to visit our display in Terenure, Dublin. 087-2306 128.

Special Gabriel Ash offer

Gabriel Ash Greenhouses has announced a special incentive for those who buy a greenhouse. Customers ordering a Gabriel Ash Greenhouse this month will each receive a Baby Grand Coldframe (worth over € 400) absolutely free. For more details call 087-2306 128 or to make appointment to view products display in Terenure, Dublin.

Garden club events

Ennis Flower and Garden Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a Floral Demonstration by Gill McGregor, NAFAS National Demonstrator, at Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis on Tuesday, 17 October, at 8pm. Admission €10. And there will be a Christmas Floral Demonstration by Ann O’Hara (Nenagh), same venue, on 21 November at 8.15pm. All are welcome.

Irish Garden Plant Society (Munster): Next lecture will take place at 8pm on 3 October, at Northridge House, Mahon, Cork, with Dr Eoin Lettice, UCC, on How Plants Will Save The World. Admission free for IGPS members and €5 for non-members (includes light refreshments). Raffle on the night. All welcome.

Templeogue Horticultural Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in Our Lady’s School, Templeogue, Dublin, on 18 October, at 8pm, followed by a Plant Swap. All are welcome.

Galway Flower and Garden Club is hosting a Garden Talk on 10 October in the Menlo Park Hotel, at 8pm, entitled Galway Gardens – a virtual walk through some local gardens. And a Sparkling Christmas Floral Demonstration on 21 November at the same time and venue. Demonstrator is Mary Keogh, Limerick. Members €10, visitors €15 (includes tea/coffee and door prize) Contact:

Foxrock and District Garden Club meeting on 24 October with Vanessa Cook on Foliage is better than Flowers at Foxrock Church Pastoral Centre, at 8pm. Admission €7 for non-members.

Cork Alpine/Hardy Plants Society: At 8pm, on 26 October, at The Lavanagh Centre, Ballintemple, Cork, Vanessa Cook of Stillingfleet Gardens and Nursery, York, will give a talk Foliage is better than Flowers. And on 23 November, same time and venue, James Wickham will talk on Better late – plants that turn on the charm in Autumn and Winter.

Waterford Regional Gardening Club: On 19 October, at 8pm, in The Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford, The Pharmacy in your Garden by AnneMarie Reilly Medical Herbalist. Non-members €5. And on 4 November, at 11am, Trees in their Autumn Beauty – a guided walk of the gardens at Mount Congreve with Michael White, Garden Curator.

Booking essential: €10. And on 16 November, at 8pm, in The Edmund Rice Centre, The Battle for Plants by Ingrid Swan, MGLDA Landscape & Garden Designer. Non-members €5. Contact: Noreen 086-4083419 or Anne 087-6502067.

Cork Flower and Garden Club will hold its Christmas Gala, The Holly and the Ivy … and some Bling with Richard Haslam in Canon Packham Hall, Douglas, Cork, on 14 November. All visitors are welcome.

Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society: On 4 October, a lecture by Averil Milligan, Head Gardener for over 12 years at Rowallane Garden. Rowallane – A Plant Paradise. And on 1 November, a lecture by Fionnuala Fallon, The Education of a Gardener. Non-members €5. Venue: Howth Yacht Club, Howth, Co. Dublin, at 8pm, and free newsletter

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