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Bandon Flower Club is holding an open work night in The Munster Arms Hotel on Monday, January 19, at 8pm. 

Find out how to make a parallel design or a traditional triangle. Details from Roz on 023 8842 128 after 6pm.

The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline, will hold its AGM on Monday, January 25, at 8pm in the Church of Ireland school hall. This will be followed by ‘Flowers with a difference’ — a sugar craft demonstration. Inquiries to 086 3222 615.

The Ballinora/Waterfall Garden and Lifestyle Club will host a talk by Tracy Ryan of BIA Beauty on the use of herbs in her organic skin creams on January 19 at 8pm in the Scout Den, Ballinora.

Blarney & District Garden & Flower Club’s annual general meeting takes place on Thursday, January 22, in Whitechurch Hall at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

East Cork Flower Club will hold its annual dinner on Friday, January 23, at 6.30pm at The Pepperstack Bistro, Rosie’s, Lower Aghada. If you would like to join us on the night, contact Mary O’Farrell at 021 4632 937.

Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown GIY meet Thursday January 22 at 7:30pm in the C of Hall in Passage West. The club starts the new year with an information night for beginners or anyone thinking of growing their own fruit and veg in spaces such as raised beds, patios, and small spaces, etc. All are welcome.

Find the club on Facebook at Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown GIY or email: pgmgrowityourself@gmail.com  for more information.

The GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund, in association with AIB, will close for applications on January 23 — down tools and get those forms filled out pronto.

Adam Whitbourn, head gardener at Blarney Castle Gardens, will lecture on the topic ‘Past, Present and Future’ for the Cork Alpine Hardy Plant Society on Thursday, January 22, at 8pm, at the Lavanagh Centre, Ballintemple.

The Cork Alpine and Hardy Plant Society is also organising an outing to the ‘Snowdrop Gala and Other Spring Treasures’ at Ballykealey Manor, near Altamont, on Saturday, February 7.

The event has a eminent line-up of speakers, including Jim Jermyn, Scottish nurseryman, author, and alpine specialist, and Matt Bishop, the British galanthophile and author.

The day also includes a guided tour of the snowdrops at Altamont and a bulb sale. Tickets €70, including lunch and refreshments Contact Hester Forde at hesterforde@gmail.com or 086 8654 972.

The weird and wonderful world of plants is the subject of a guided walk at the National Botanic Gardens tomorrow at 2.30pm.

Leaving from the Visitor’s Centre, the walk-and-talk outing will consider the uses of zombie cucumbers, will ponder why Henry Ford used a certain plant in his first motor car trials, and why coconuts were used in brain surgery. The event is free to all.

Cork Flower Club has its AGM on Tues January 20 in Canon Packham hall Douglas at 8pm. Everyone welcome


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