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Tens of thousands of garden enthusiasts will be heading to the Mallow Home and Garden Show next weekend, from June 5 to 7, at Cork Racecourse, Mallow. 

Now in its 18th year the show has taken on a new lease of life over recent years; the focus is now very much on the inside and outside of a home. The three-day event will feature 25 stunning landscaped gardens, expert demonstrations, five million plants and great family activities — www.exhibitionsireland.ie 

Jane McCorkell, Kilsallaghan, Co Meath, received the highest accolade, overall large garden winner, at Bloom today for her ‘Our Origin is Green’ garden. The gold medal garden, which represents a trip through Irish mythology, showcases Celtic design through the use of modern Irish material. The design is inspired by a Celtic knot of two dogs found in the Book of Durrow.

Bord na Móna’s ‘Grow With Us’ initiative is designed to get gardeners of all abilities sharing their garden photos and selfies on the Bord Na Móna Growise Facebook page.

Fermoy Flower and Garden Club: next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 2, at the New Adair Hall at 8pm. Demonstrator for the meeting will be Una Flemming, President of Aoifa (Association of Irish Floral Artists).

The beautiful gardens at Blarney Castle were thoroughly enjoyed by the ladies of Ballymartle ICA on their recent trip. These gardens have a fine collection of Azaleas and Rhododendrons which add a wealth of colour to the many beds. They provides the visitor with a splendid display of colour and structure including The Fern Garden and Arboretums. The Guild members are having another day trip to the Mallow Garden and Flower Show on June 5.

Cork Garden Club Talk by Alan Whetham, ‘Just Roses, How to get the best from your Roses’ is on June 11 at Ashton School, Cork, at 8pm.

The garden at The Water Margin, Templenoe, near Kenmare, will open from 2pm to 5pm on May 31 and June 1 (public holiday weekend). Plants for sale; donations in aid of Simon Community for the Homeless. Follow signs on N70 at Templenoe.

Cobh Flower and Horticulture Club will hold their next meeting in Cobh Community Centre on Monday, June 8, at 7.30pm, (please note change of time). Our Floral Demonstrators for the evening will be Margot Allen D Dip AOIFA; Mary Coleman D Dip AOIFA; Mary Frahill D Dip AOIFA and Angela Heffron D Dip AOIFA. The theme of the meeting will be “Let’s Celebrate”. Visitors welcome; admission €5.

Fashion designer Don O’Neill (originally Ballyheigue, Co Kerry), furniture designer Joseph Walsh (Riverstick/Kinsale, Co Cork) and cultural historian Nicholas Fox Weber (from Connecticut but with strong links to Glandore, Co Cork) will take part in a free, public discussion in Glucksman Gallery, UCC, at 6pm on Thursday, June 4. They are speaking ahead of receiving honorary doctorates in UCC on Friday, June 5.


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