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Today is the day to visit the Open Garden at Reggie and Cynthia Browne’s Oak Farm Estate, Carrigadrohid, Macroom, Co Cork in aid of Marymount Hospice from 2pm to 6pm.

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) will hold its annual plant sale next Tuesday and Wednesday. This sale 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.

Conna and District Flower and Garden Club will visit Blackwater Garden Centre next Wednesday. A talk will be given by Michael McKenna at 6pm. All Welcome. Café will be open.

The Church of Ireland Union of Parishes (Cobh and Glanmire) will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Consecration of St Lappan’s Church, Little Island, this afternoon with a flower festival in the church. The church will be open between 2pm and 5pm and everyone is invited to call and enjoy the flower display and have a cup of tea or coffee. It is intended to have some prayers of thanksgiving for the 150th anniversary at about 2.30pm.

Ladysbridge and District Flower and Garden Club will meet next Monday at 8pm at Garryvoe Hotel. Guest speaker Michael Clancy from Fota Garden Centre, Midleton, will demonstrate window boxes, containers, and summer planting. There will be plants for sale. Everyone welcome.

Ardfield/Rathbarry Garden Club will host Mike Collard of Future Forest next Thursday May 19 at 8pm in the Parish Hall, Rathbarry. Topic: Seaside Planting, all welcome.

GIY (grow it yourself) Clonakilty will be giving gardening advice along with a short demonstration on growing your own food at the Clonakilty Community Garden (above Deasy’s car park) next Saturday, from 2pm to 3pm. Follow its monthly growing guide to produce healthy, home-grown crops this year. Free entry, with families and children particularly welcome. Enjoy a cup of tea and some home bakes in the garden after the demonstration. For further details, contact 086-3451175.

Bandon Flower Club will present a flower arranging demonstration by Anne Walsh of Anne’s Flowers, Bandon, in The Munster Arms Hotel on Monday at 8pm. Visitors are welcome.

Castlelyons Home and Garden Club’s May outing takes place next Thursday with a visit to The Old Deanery, where you will see the beautiful, mature, four-acre garden of Martin and Jane Edwards in Cloyne. All are welcome.

Cork Flower Club will hold a flower arranging demonstration with Marie O’Leary on Tuesday in Canon Packham Hall, Douglas, at 8pm. All visitors are welcome.

There is a change of venue for Mitchelstown Flower & Garden Club evening outing. The new venue is Joan Cashman’s garden, White’s Cross, Glanmire, on May 26, leaving New Square at 6.15pm. All are welcome.

Enjoy a visit to DJ Murphy’s Garden, Killumney, with Sunday’s Well Flower & Garden Club next Wednesday. Meet at Killumney Inn, Ovens, at 7pm. Entry is €5 for DJ’s charity.

Cork Environmental Forum and Cork Nature Network have joined forces to organise a 1916 event which focuses on Irish nature. The seminar will take place on Floor 16, Cork County Hall, from 9.30am to 1pm next Friday. It is free to attend. The focus is on the environment in 1916 and the impact of agriculture and forestry over the past 100 years, along with a vision of how we would like to see our species, forestry, and farming practices develop in the next 100 years.

Presentations on the state of the environment in 1916 and how it has changed to its present state will be given by Liam Lysaght, director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre; Ted Cooke, heritage specialist, and Darren McAdam O’Connell. Following the speakers, a number of discussion groups will be formed with the topics being the future of wildlife conservation and protection.

This seminar ties in with and is inspired by, the fact that so many of the central figures of the 1916 rising had a great appreciation and love of the natural world around them, an example being Padraig Pearse moving from a school in Ranelagh to Rathfarnham, stressing the suitability of the location for “that spacious outdoor life, that intercourse with the wild things of the woods and wastes... which ought to play so large a part in the education of a boy”.

We are again beginning to appreciate more the benefit of outdoor learning. The seminar also takes place during National Biodiversity Week, which runs from May 14 to May 22. The week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it.

The event is part of the Centenary Programme and is supported by Cork County Council and Cork City Council. Bookings can be made directly at eventscnn@gmail.com  or through the Eventbrite link on the Cork Environmental Forum – www.cef.ie 

Fiann Ó Nualláin’s latest book, The Holistic Gardener: Natural Cures for Common Ailments, will be officially launched next Saturday at Waterstone’s Bookshop, St Patrick’s Street, Cork, at 2.30pm. The best-selling author — this is Fiann’s third book — will sign copies of his new book.

This volume, a companion to the others, will deal with a self-empowered and self-sufficient approach to health. A gardener, botanist, and herbalist, Fiann gives advice on how to boost the immune system, kick-start the energy centres in the body, and beat everyday aches and ailments by eating well and treating the body well.

The Holistic Gardener: Natural Cures for Common Ailments is published by Mercier Press and out now. The hardback volume can be purchased for €12.99.


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