Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to get outdoors and prepare your garden. In this weekend’s copy of the Sunday Independent Gerry Daly writes about everything from improving your soil to what he loves about growing, all in a free garden booklet.
Jimi Blake of Hunting Brook Gardens has announced his selection of Garden Tours for 2018. His focus is to bring exclusive opportunities to see private gardens and locations that may otherwise be difficult to visit.
A full itinerary and booking information is on the Huntingbrook.com website: Gardens of Scotland, 1 to 3 May; Great English Gardens in the Lake District, 22 to 25 May; Somerset Gardens, 25 to 28 July, and Dutch Wave Gardens & Nurseries, 29 August to 1 September.
The Coronet miniature apple tree has been a best seller for 20 years. It was the brainchild of Springfield Nurseries owner, Dr Pat McDonnell. Coronet trees crop immediately, remain miniature permanently and are easy to grow with no pruning needed.
They may be grown in the garden soil or in a container and are ideal for small spaces. The Coronet Family tree has two varieties of apples on the one tree and pollinate one another. They are available in all good garden centres. For more information, see www.coronet.ie
Gee-up, made in Blarney, Co. Cork, is simply well-composted horse manure. It is an entirely natural product, no peat added, and no chemicals involved. Gee-up is an Organic Trust Certified Product.
Gee-up has reduced the size and price of their large bags of Gee-up for ease of handling. The large bags now in stock weigh approximately 18kgs and retail at €7.50 each. “Twenty or forty large bags on a pallet are still great value delivered to your door.”
Small bags and bulk bags also available. See www.geeup.ie or call 021-4381485.
The origin of ‘Cool Breeze’ began with a keen eye and a single offspring from a production field of 3,000 typical gaura plants. This selection was used as the starting point for breeding work.
The stems and buds were greenish-white instead of the pinkish-red coloring on the common gaura. ‘Cool Breeze’ has graceful blooms of pure white. Pure white, vegetatively-grown gauras exist in the trade, but ‘Cool Breeze’ is the first seed-grown strain available.
GIY in partnership with Energia has announced ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’, a €75,000 pool of funding available to enable food-growing by community and voluntary organisations all across Ireland including Northern Ireland. The application period is open until 19 January 2018.
In 2018, the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund will be split across three categories ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Harvest’ with awards ranging from €500 to €2,000. It is open to any community group, school, NGO or Not for Profit, community garden or allotment group, GIY group, hospital, crèche, direct provision centre, men’s shed or any group.
Thurles FLower CLub Gala with Christopher White at
CHristian Brothers Thurles on 14 November at 8pm.
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: email@example.com
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 www.hshs.ie.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org