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Don’t forget the West Cork Garden Trail which offers the best of 15 gardens in sublime locations for the viewing public. Opening times are available on www.westcorkgardentrain.com 

Join Cork Nature Network on a Woodland Walk in the spectacular Glengarriff Nature Reserve. Led by Conservation Ranger Clare Heardman, this is a great opportunity to learn about the plants and invertebrates that live in the reserve. Open on Wednesday July 27from 6pm -7pm. This is a free event. To book contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie Meeting in the main carpark.

Peter Dowdall will be speaking on how to get the best from your garden in Curraghchase Garden Centre, Ballinamona, Kilcornan, Co Limerick this Sunday at 2.30pm. For more information contact 087- 922 8655.

Cork Nature Network’s events in August, as part of National Heritage Week: 20th: Talk on ladybirds in Cork. Gill Weyman. 1pm Cork City Library. Open day of National Heritage Week. 21st: Mini-beast hunt, Fitzgerald Park, Cork City. 11am - 12 noon. 26th: Nature walk around Doneraile Wildlife Park, 2pm -4pm. 27th: Otter walk led by Dr Paddy Sleeman, Blackpool (difficult terrain, please bring wellingtons) 6pm to 6.40pm. 28th: Picnic and nature walk in Beaumont quarry. 11am -4pm For further information contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie 

Talk about roses: A closer look at our favourite flowers. Margaret Griffin’s top tips and hints tomorrown, Sunday July 24 at 3pm. This event is free and no booking is required at Griffin’s Garden Centre, Dripsey.

The Carlow Garden Festival 2016 will be opened this evening by Diarmuid Gavin with a talk entitled, “A Romp in My Garden” in Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven. He will be joined by Helen Dillon and Carmel Duignan, who will also contribute to the questions and answers session at the end of the talk. Carlow Garden Festival runs from Saturday July 23 to Monday August 1 and features 16 garden experts on its lecture list in 16 great and unique gardening locations. It offers 10 days of gardening workshops and highlights.

John Massey, from Ashwood Nurseries, who won a Gold Medal and the coveted RHS Diamond Jubilee Award at Chelsea this year, will be part of a full-day programme in Altamont Plant Sales, that also includes broadcaster and RHS gardens judge, James Alexander-Sinclair and West Clare gardener, Carl Wright. The 2016 programme has a mix of top UK gardeners and the best of Irish garden broadcasters and writers and this year’s highlights includes a series of garden tours led by Neil Porteous, head gardener at Mount Stewart in Co Down. Hugh Carrigan, parks superintendent with the OPW promises an “insiders” view of Altamont Gardens, while Helen Dillon will visit the stunning gardens of Shankill Castle and Borris House. June Blake takes in the Meadows Gardens at Myshall and Lucy’s Wood in Bunclody.


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