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Sean Dunne

The highlight of this year’s Waterford Garden trail is an evening of music, song and poetry dedicated ot the memory of Munster poet, Sean Dunne.

The former literary editor of the Irish Examiner, and native of Waterford city, Sean Dunne had built a considerable reputation as a poet before he died suddenly at age 39.

“Souls in flight: The butterly imagery of Lafcadio Hearn and Sean Dunne wil take place in the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens on May 7 from 4pm onwards.

An ‘Open Garden’ at Blarney Castle in aid of Cork Simon Community will be held on Sunday, May 8 and the public are invited to explore the spectacular gardens and historical grounds of Blarney Castle for a donation in aid of the homeless.

Head Gardener, Adam Whitbourn will lead a guided tour of the gardens at 2pm, which will last two hours and cover all the main areas of the grounds.

“The gardens at Blarney Castle are not just my job, they are my passion. I’m very lucky to be able to work in such beautiful surroundings and I always welcome the chance to show new people around and talk about some of the different areas.”

Open Gardens at Blarney Castle in aid of Cork Simon takes place between 12noon and 4pm on the Sunday, with entry via the side gates of Blarney Castle.

  • Colaiste Stiofain Naofa (CSN) will hold it’s Annual Plant Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 and 18. This plant sale is always great value for gardeners and savvy buyers usually come early. The event bookends the academic year and showcases the work of the horticulture students at CSN. Plants available include annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Opening times 9am to 5pm. All welcome.

  • Fermoy Flower and Garden Club’s May meeting takes place on Tues May 3 in the Adair Hall at 8pm. Maureen O’Keeffe of AOIFA will give a teaching demonstration. Competition: Flowering Pot Plant. Horticulture: 1 stem Camellia. Non members welcome

  • The annual Garden Fete organised by the Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes, takes place on Saturday next May 7 from 2.30pm in the grounds of St. Mary’s and All Saints Church, Church Hill, Glanmire. Live music, super stalls, children’s corner, monster raffle, teas, and toys. Do support this fine event.

  • Peter Dowdall will present two gardening demonstrations followed by a question and answer session in the Malton Hotel in Killarney as part of the 50Plus Expo on May 8 and 9. The demos will start each day at 1pm and will run for about an hour. For more information http://seniortimes.ie/50-plus-expo

  • Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown Grow It Yourself has its annual Plant Sale & Garden Fair on Sunday May 8. Funds raised go towards planting Tom Fahy Park and other grow projects. Family fun, face painter, how to make compost, raffle, and BBQ from 2pm. Venue: Hazlehurst House, Castle Street, Monkstown 11am to 4pm. Further details pgmgrowityourself@gmail.com

  • The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is holding a Spring Plant Sale in its new premises, Laurelmere, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 on Saturday May 14 from 10.30am until 1.30pm. All are welcome. No entrance fee. This is an ideal opportunity to pick up something a bit different, well-grown plants from the gardens of experienced gardeners. Parking is in the main Marlay Park car park. Further details at 01 493 7154 or www.rhsi.ie

  • Expert BBQ Weber chefs will run a BBQ masterclass evening entitled ‘Cooking from the garden’ at The Pavilion Garden Centre in Ballygarvan on Wed, May 18 from 6pm. Tickets available from The Pavilion and cost €20. For more info contact The Pavilion on 021 4888134 /www.thepavilion.ie 

  • One of the highlights of Waterford Garden Trail this month is an evening dedicated to the memory of the great Waterford-born poet and journalist, Sean Dunne. The literary evening of poetry reading in Tramore’s stunning Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens on May 7, is set to be very special. ‘Souls in Flight’, The Butterfly Imagery of Lafcadio Hearn and Sean Dunne’ will comprise of readings, song and dance, based on a theme drawn from Hearn’s essay “Butterflies’, published in his most famous book ‘Kwaidan’, which inspired Sean Dunne’s poem ‘The Butterfly Soul’. The event runs from 4pm and admission is €5 for adults, €4 for seniors and students. Children are free.

  • Meanwhile on the Trail, the public is also invited to learn how to build a clay oven on May 7 and 8 at Blackwater Garden Centre. Join Gary Dalton, experienced Electric Picnic clay oven builder for a fun, two-day course in clay oven building. Enjoy refreshments on both days to include welcome treats, lunch and afternoon tea as well as your own, homemade pizza. See www.blackwaterplantsplus.ie for details.

  • Dromana runs its 4th annual Herb Day with Ann-Marie Reilly on Sunday, May 22. Pre-registration is essential and further details are available from Dromana . Another key event on this year’s Trail calendar for May is a lunchtime lecture with Kevin Myers at Dromana entitled ‘Sons of the big houses and sons of the mud cabins - Munster and Ireland at Waterloo’ at Dromana on May 29th. www.dromanahouse.com 

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