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The Irish Garden Plant Society Munster Branch will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at the SMA Hall Wilton, starting at 8pm. 

The talk, entitled “Much Ado about Bees” will be given by Shane Lehane. All welcome

Blackrock Flower and Garden Club will hold a floral demonstration with Margaret Aherne on Tuesday February 3 at 7.30pm at the Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock. All welcome, especially new members.

Bantry Flower & Garden Club’s next meeting will be on February 2 at the Westlodge Hotel at 8pm. Please note change to programme — “Anything Goes” guest speaker will be Sean Valle and March meeting will be DJ Murphy, Bandon Garden Centre, who will give a garden talk.

Cork Garden Club present a talk by Angela Jupe, Bellfield House and Gardens on “Design Ideas for the Garden & Plants for Structure’” on February 12, Ashton School, 8pm.

Several UCC societies have joined together to host a climate change conference on Saturday February 7 from 11am-5pm. It will focus on the developing world and will also examine what needs to be done to tackle the global problem.

Among the panellists are Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth; Tom Arnold, board member on the Mary Robinson Foundation and Director General of think tank IIEA (Institute of International and European Affairs); Stevo Mijanovi from the United Technologies Research Centre, which is also sponsoring the event; John Gibbons, journalist and activist who has been covering environmental and climate issues for many years; Niamh Garvey of Trocaire, and Dr Alexa Zellentis of UCC whose speciality is Climate Justice.

May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org, a grassroots’ organisation that organised worldwide climate marches in September 2014, will also join the conversation by video-link.

The conference is free and takes place in UCC’s Aula Maxima on Saturday February 7 from 11am-5pm, but due to limited space registration is essential by emailing conference@uccphilosoph.com

Enjoy the wonderful display of spring flowers during Snowdrop Month at Burtown House and Gardens, February 14 to March 1, featuring snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and many other spring bulbs. Assumpta Broomfield, a leading snowdrop expert with particular knowledge of Irish snowdrops, will be giving a Walk and Talk around the garden on February 22 at 12 noon.

The Gallery Café and current exhibition will be open every day serving lunches from organic produce grown in the walled kitchen garden. Tel: 059 8623148 or 059 8623028; www.burtownhouse.ie. Admission €6

East Cork Flower Club are holding a Spring Demonstration by Margaret Ahern on Monday, February 2 at 8pm in St John the Baptist National School, Midleton. Competition on the night from the spring garden: 30” - 3 classes. We welcome existing and new members.

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