Our gardening noticeboard

* Ballyseedy Home and Gardens will host an ‘Open Garden Day’ on July 12 from 10am to 4pm at the gardens of Noel O’Keeffe, Silverstone, The Rock, Carrigtwohill.

Tickets are available from Ballyseedy Home and Gardens at €7 which will include tea/coffee and a scone with all proceeds going to Greenville House, Carrigtwohill. Greenville House is a Cork Association for Autism service centre for adults. A residential and day service is provided from the centre which consists of a five bedroom house, six two-bedroom cottages and a three-bedroom apartment. There are also two activity rooms, a therapy room, an automated greenhouse and sensory garden. The association provides a holistic model of care, which supports the individual’s needs. The ethos is based upon a ‘home away from home, home for life’ principle and the focus is on developing the individual’s full potential. Service users are taught daily living skills and independent living skills at the association and the service has changed the lives of many individuals and their families. The association also provides respite care from Crobally House in Mogeely, a day service in Bishopstown and their Asperger Syndrome Support Service runs from Penrose Wharf. The association is fundraising for its ‘Building for the Future’ project which involves essential building and repair work at its service centres, for which there is a growing waiting list. For more information on the open garden event call the CAA fundraising office on 021 427 1808, email fundraising@corkautism.ie or log on to www.corkautism.ie 

 

* The Cork Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust is hosting an event on Butterflies and Bees on Saturday July 12 at Beaumont quarry. Meeting at noon and all ages are welcome — the event is free Clothing and footwear should be suitable for the outdoors. The walk leader is Dr Isobel Abbott, who has a keen interest in wildlife and who has been carrying out regular surveys of bees and butterflies in Beaumont quarry for the National Biodiversity Data Centre. For more information please email: corkbranch@gmail.com 

nConna and District Flower and Garden Club members are having a garden party at Linda and Eddie O’Keeffe’s, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe, on July 16 at 7pm. www.connaflowerandgarden.org or www.aoife.com 

* Peter Dowdall will host a gardening class at The Pavilion Garden Centre on July 16 at 10.30am discussing plants and design features and he will also run a gardening class for children on July 17 at 10.30am. For more info see www.thepavilion.ie 


Lifestyle

Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

More From The Irish Examiner