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Glenville Flower and Garden Club will start its winter season with an interesting talk and slide show by Jim Wilson of Bird Watch Ireland on Tuesday September 29 at 8.30pm.

The Irish Garden Plant Society (Munster) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday October 6 at the SMA Hall Wilton, starting at 8pm. 

The talk entitled “Circe’s Garden: The Collection at Mount Stewart” will be given by Neil Porteous, Head Gardener at the National Trust’s famous Mount Stewart Gardens in County Down. All welcome.

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association will present a “Festival of Flowers” at St Andrew’s Church, Kilmurry today, Saturday 26 from 12pm to 6pm and tomorrow, Sunday 27 from 10.30am to 5pm. Entry fee €10 includes refreshments.

The Waterford Plant Society’s winter lecture series kicks off on Wednesday, Oct 1 with a talk by June Blake, (Nursery specialist and gardener), on the topic: “All gardening is landscape painting” and there will be plants for sale. Non-members, €5. A further talk, on October 5 will be given by Rachel Darlington on “Exotic annuals”. 

Venue is St Joseph and Benildus Parish Centre, Newtown, Co Waterford at 8pm. The fee for non-members is €5.

Blackrock Flower Club will have a talk with Charlie Wilkins on Tuesday, October 6 in the Ursuline Secondary School at 7.30pm.

Free gardening workshop at Griffin’s Dripsey every Sunday at 3pm. Sunday, Sept 27 will be on the topic: “Six steps to an easy garden next spring.”

What’s happening in our Coastal Zone? Find out and help out with the Coastwatch National Survey running from September 15 to October 15. 

Cork has 1,100 km of coastline and volunteers are needed to map and survey this long run of coast. 

For further Information on booking a survey and getting involved, contact Local Coordinators at CEF info@cef.ie or at Cork Nature Network corknaturenetwork@gmail.com  or directly with Coastwatch at www.coastwatch.org  or email: survey@coastwatch.org 

The Sculpture in Context

Annual Show continues in the Nation Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, until October 16. 

It’s Ireland’s largest outdoor scupture exhibition which includes famous names and promising future artists in a mix of work set throughout the botanic gardens. 

And tomorrow, the gardens will host the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s ”Dahlia Show” from 10am to 5pm in the Teak House.

The upcoming Carlow Autumn Walking Festival (Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4), will run over the Blackstairs Mountains, the river Barrow, and the villages of Myshall and Borris, next weekend. 

The festival caters to all levels of walkers, from an invigorating mountain trek to novices seeking some peace and tranquillity. 

This event aims to make the great outdoors accessible to everyone — with knowledgeable local guides from Tullow Mountaineering Club and the Blackstairs Ramblers, guiding visitors through the various routes. 

There is a choice of 14 different walks plus family activities — including canoeing safari trails with Go-With-the-Flow River Adventures and bike and hike options with Bike & Hike along the River Barrow. 

Trails will provide a unique insight into foraging for safe, wild and edible foods and into the identity of Ireland’s native trees, birds and bird song. 

Log onto www.carlowtourism.com/walkingfestival  or phone 059-9130411 for event brochure


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