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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

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.

Viano Bio-Press is a 100% natural liquid fertiliser for lawns with indirect action against moss, reducing moss

within 24 hours after application. Bio-Press is certified for use in organic horticulture and is ideal for lawns with

moss infestation and before scarification. Apply when temperature is above 1°Celsius. Do not mix with other products. The 2-litre pack concentrate treats 250 square metres. Contact: www.nad.irl

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:

Weber Spirit E-210 is designed for ease of use and efficient barbecuing. It has a 10-year limited warranty and a number of features to introduce you to barbecuing, such as built-in thermometer, six tool holders and Weber’s Flavorizer Bars. Available from Weber World Store at Orchard, Celbridge.

The Shackleton Gardens at Beech Park, Clonsilla, Dublin, have been transferred into public ownership and Fingal County Council intends restoring the gardens and opening them to the public as an important visitor attraction and tourism asset in Dublin 15. A €415,000 development plan has already been approved and will commence shortly. The Gardens are widely regarded as being internationally significant.

Powerscourt Estate had record visitors as 467,000 guests visited Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall over the past 12 months, a 14% increase. 271,000 people visited Powerscourt Gardens, up +9% over the previous year. Powerscourt Estate is the 9th most popular tourism destination in Ireland, according to Failte Ireland. Visitors from Ireland to Powerscourt Gardens were up by 34% while visitors from China grew by 47%, the third-most important group.

The 25th Anniversary of the opening of Ardgillan Castle and walled garden to the public was marked by a visit from President Michael D. Higgins who planted a Killarney strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo. The 2.75 acre walled garden has matured with potagers of herbs and vegetables and labelled ornamental gardens. Beyond the walls, the rose garden, herbaceous border and National Potentilla Collection with over 250 varieties offer two hectares of ornamental gardens. Admission-free.

Kilsaran International collaborated with Peter McVerry Trust for the Kilsaran 2016/2017 Student Design competition with head judge, Diarmuid Gavin naming Manon Bordet Chavenes as overall winner of the competition. The approach she took was to put herself into the mind-set of someone who had been homeless – but who had just received a house. A student of the landscape Design Academy in Dublin, the win will see her proposed garden brought to life for the Peter McVerry Trust and receives a cheque for €3,000.

Renew is a 100% organic soil conditioner in pellet form that is easily applied to the surface of the soil, indoors and outdoors throughout the year. Soil Renew improves fertility, corrects pH and improves humus in soil. “Soil Renew is made from composted plants, bacteria and micro-organisms, and when used once a year – not using any other fertilisers, results can be seen in just three weeks.” free newsletter

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