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This year’s Blarney in Bloom Summer Garden Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever. 

For the more serious gardeners there will be a range of talks from internationally renowned expert garden speakers. This year’s speakers are:

* Tim Austin, award-winning garden designer

* Angela Jupe, plantswoman and garden designer

* Jim Cronin, organic grower and tutor

* Ciaran Burke, plantsman and RHS tutor

* John Robertson, expert on poisonous plants

Other features will include: Specialist plant nurseries, Irish Seed Savers, farmers’ market, crafts from local artists, children’s entertainment and games, backyard vegetable growing/allotments, children’s interactive gardening area, craft workshops, compost making, bee-keeping, birds of prey, and live music throughout the day.

The fair is located within the extensive grounds of Blarney Castle and visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity to explore these amazing gardens which are being expertly developed and improved upon by head gardener, Adam Whitbourn.

Blarney in Bloom takes place next Saturday, July 11 from 10am to 5pm and is being organised in partnership with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

An open garden will be held tomorrow, Sunday, at the itzgerald home, The Old Rectory, Fennell’s Bay, Crosshaven, Co Cork from 2pm to 6pm.

The event is organised on behalf of the Friends of Marymount and donations will be accepted on the day.

Castlelyons Home and Garden Club’s next outing on Thursday, July 9 is a visit to the Woodland Garden in Coole, Castlelyons (by kind permission), and preceded by an information talk on the church and holy well in Coole.

Fermoy Flower and Garden Club will hold its July meeting on Tuesday, July 7 in the Adair Hall. All are welcome.

The guest for the night will be Beatrice Hartog of Conna Flower and Garden Club. She will demonstrate her magical arrangement skills.

Competition will be (1) Vase of garden flowers (bowl or jug); (2) Hybrid Tea Rose – one bloom; (3) Floribunda – one spray.

A floral demonstration on the topic ‘Galtee Floral Fantasy’ by Marianne Caplice of Florianna, Burncourt will be held on Monday, July 13 at 8pm in Florianna, Pine Nurseries, Burncourt, Cahir. Admission €10 and refreshments served. Booking essential before July 12. Telephone 087-2887615. Burncourt Festival, July 10 to 19, visit Burncourt Community Council Facebook page.

Join Airfield Estate for a ‘Summer Medley’ on July 12 where a day of seasonal activities is planned for all the family.

All activities are free with admission or membership. Get into the spirit of a proper garden party with a variety of lawn games while young visitors (2-4 years) can enjoy creating colourful little willow hideouts with storyteller Maria.

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers will also be visiting on the day with a glass beehive, the perfect way to see and learn fun facts and tips on beekeeping, and the kitchen garden and farm will be busy with planting activities for children (5-12 years).

Airfield Estate admission charges are €10 for adults, €5 for children, with children under three years free. Family rates are available. Airfield Estate annual membership and gift cards are also available. For further information log onto www.airfield.ie or follow Airfield Estate @airfielddundrum or www.facebook.com/airfielddublin 

Carlow Garden Festival, which runs from Saturday, July 25 to Monday, August 3 will feature 14 celebrated garden experts over 10 days in 15 different venues. Monty Don heads the panel and opens the festival with a talk entitled ‘My Life in Gardens’.

The programme contains an interesting mix of top Irish and UK gardeners, broadcasters and writers, offering something to interest everyone from novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs, garden designers to nature lovers and events for all the family.

This year’s highlights include an extensive series of garden tours led by Seamus O’Brien (National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh), Kitty Scully (organic gardening columnist, Irish Examiner), Neil Porteous (head gardener at Mount Stewart), Roy Lancaster CBE (veteran UK broadcaster and gardening expert) and Dermot O’Neill (broadcaster and garden author) along with tree trails headed by John McCullen (retired chief superintendent of the Phoenix Park) and Seamus O’Brien.

Entertaining and informative garden talks feature Anna Pavord’s ‘The Curious Gardener’ based on her bestselling book, and Helen Dillon (undisputed queen of Irish gardening and creator of the world-famous Dillon garden) who shares her unique insight into ‘What Makes a Good Garden’. See www.carlowgardentrail.com  or call 059-9130411 for further details.


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