Cork offers inspiration for gardeners throughout the week

Garden Notes/June 22 Piet Oudolf is the subject of a documentary by Thomas Piper. Picture courtesy of

All roads lead to Cork for a host of inspiring gardening events this week.

An acclaimed documentary that reveals how one of the world's most revolutionary landscape designers upends our conventional notions of nature, public space and beauty, will be screened in Nano Nagle Place, Cork, next Saturday, June 29, 2pm-5pm, admission free (

Directed by Thomas Piper, Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf takes us to Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania.

Piet is responsible for the New York's High Line and many more iconic urban spaces. More than just a film for gardeners, Five Seasons changes the way all of us think about and ultimately see natural beauty itself.

After the film there will be a short presentation on the creating of the gardens at Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery in Somerset, UK by Adam Hunt, Urquhart & Hunt Landscapes, followed by a discussion about the implications of a more naturalistic planting approach in public spaces and gardens.

This FREE event is supported by Dartmouth Films & Nano Nagle Place To guarantee a seat, registering is advised but walk-in places should also be available.

- West Cork Garden Trail hosts open garden days at Templebreedy Gardens, The Old Rectory, Crosshaven, P43 E129, today, Saturday, June 22, and tomorrow, Sunday, June 23, from 10.30am-5pm. Cost €7 pp. Guided tours at 12pm and 2pm.

- Peter Dowdall will be talking on Designing With Plants at Clarenbridge Garden Centre at Blackwater (formerly Blackwater Garden Centre) just outside Youghal on Dungarvan Road today, Saturday, June 22, at noon.

Peter will share some tips on how to get the best from plants in your garden, while being mindful of promoting biodiversity and protecting beneficial wildlife.

For more information contact 024-92725 or see

- Kanturk Flower and Garden Club summer outing will take place on Sunday, June 30, visiting gardens in Cork: Templebreedy Garden, Crosshaven; Kinalea Garden, Innishannon; Glenview Gardens and Hobbit House and Bandon Garden Centre. There will be an evening meal at Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty. Contact Bridget on 087-9086904 or Marie at Sports Shop Kanturk to book.

- Macroom Flower & Garden Club hosts its members’ annual outing Saturday, June 29. Bus departing Macroom at 8.30am sharp. Further details contact 087-9821708.

- The Garden of Gertie and Maurice O’Donoghue at Dromboy, Carrignavar, will open tomorrow, Sunday, June 23, 2pm-6pm, in aid of Marymount Hospice. There will be a sculpture trail and plant sale, and refreshments will be served. It will be signposted from the Cork-Mallow Road (N20) and from Carrignavar Village (T34 HK37).

- East Cork Flower Club holds its annual outing on Saturday, June 29. Bus leaves Midleton Park Hotel at 8.45am. Schedule for the day: Visiting the gardens of Mary Johannes and Mildred Stokes in Tipperary followed with a visit to Clonmel Garden Centre. Evening meal in Clonmel. €70 all in.

Deposit of €20 needed for June meeting. Contact Margaret Leyne 087-6595530 or Mary O’Farrell 083-8332622.

- Open garden for Marymount Hospice takes place at Anthony Barry and Noel O’Keeffe’s gardens, The Bog Road, Carrigtwohill, Cork (T45 KN61). on Sunday, June 30, from noon to 5pm.


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