Do take a look at the West Cork Garden Trail’s websiteas they are suggesting a number of interesting trip combinations for viewing of the various Gulf Stream gardens dotted all over the coast of West Cork. 

Comprising 15 open gardens of various sizes and in many locations, you can check visiting times and information about each on westcorkgardentrail.com

A map of all the gardens is available online and there are four, distinct geographical trips suggested, making it handy for day-trippers, or weekend visitors. The website also includes a list of accommodation for those who wish to combine a trip to West Cork with time spent viewing gardens — a great combination. Garden brochure are available from tourist offices in Cork, Clonakilty and Bantry. Or email westcorkgardentrail@gmail.com 

The World Association of Flower Arrangers’ 12th World Flower Show will be held in Barbados from June 18 to 26 2017 and the event runs for eight nights. If you are interested in joining up with The Association of Irish Floral Artists for the “Flowers in Paradise” trip, please call Caroline Crowley at Heffernan’s Travel, Pembroke Street Cork on (021) 2300700 for travel details. Further details can be found on www.wafabarbados.com 

The Carlow Garden Festival is a great way to gain practical gardening advice from the many instructive workshops at the event, while exploring the diversity of the Carlow Garden Trail. This is a collection of 21 different gardening attractions which range from great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, to smaller gardens and award-winning garden centres. Late July and early August is the perfect time for a garden festival and to admire the work of others and make gardening plans for the coming months and year ahead. Great value accommodation breaks can be had locally and details of these, along with the festival programme can be found at www.carlowgardentrail.com or alternatively ring Carlow Tourism on 059-9130411 for further details. Follow www.facebook.com/carlowgardentrailand twitter @carlowtourism for regular updates.

Burtown House and Gardens opens tomorrow, Sunday July 31, as part of Carlow Garden Festival and is hosting illustrated talks with two of horticulture’s most well known speakers. Seamus O’Brien, Manager at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, and well known author and contributor to botanical and garden publications, will lecture at 12 noon. John Grimshaw, director of the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard, and well respected author and garden writer will discuss: “Plants, Gardens and People: Inspirations and Influences of my gardening life over the past 40 years”, at 3pm. Using the background of Burtown House and Gardens, John will cover herbaceous borders, discuss good planting marriages and highlight some of his favourite plants and trees from old varieties to surprising novelties and rising stars. Entrance €10 for both talks and the the Gallery Cafe will be open for teas, coffee and lunches. For more details and table reservations contact 059 8623148 or email info@burtownhouse.ie All details on www.burtownhouse.ie 

This summer, be inspired by Ireland’s longest herbaceous border in National Geographic’s third best garden in the world, at Powerscourt Gardens. Set in the Wicklow countryside in Ireland and overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt’s gardens were designed and created over the last two millenia and stretch over 47 acres, offering visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. On August 10, Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger will lead a guided ‘Introduction to Powerscourt Gardens’ walk and booking is essential at www.powerscourt.com. Tickets cost €9.50 per individual and there are group and family concessions available. Free gardening talks take place at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion throughout the summer. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Powerscourt Estate website www.powerscourt.com/events 

  • Cork Nature Network is running a number of events in August, as part of National Heritage Week:
  • 20 August: Talk on Ladybirds in Cork by Gill Weyman at 1pm Cork City Library. Open day of National Heritage Week.
  • 21 August: Mini-Beast Hunt, Fitzgerald Park, Cork City, 11am-12pm
  • 26 August: Nature walk around Doneraile Wildlife Park, 14:00-15:30.
  • 27 August: Otter Walk led by Dr. Paddy Sleeman, Blackpool (difficult terrain, please bring wellingtons) 18:00-18:40.
  • 28 August: Picnic and nature walk in Beaumont quarry. 11.00-16.00pm For further information on these events please contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie 


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