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Matthew Jebb of the National Botanic Gardens will come to Salterbridge House, Cappoquin, Co Waterford on August 20, to give a talk as part of National Heritage Week and the Waterford Garden Trail.

His talk, entitled ‘A view from the Palmhouse’ will take us on a journey that covers Patrick Geddes; Greek education; atomic theory; flowering plant evolution; the 1801 Act of Union; St Patrick’s flag, Dublin City’s two names; Viking agriculture, alien invasive plants and climate change.

And all of these topics can be experienced from the walkway of the National Botanic Gardens, he contends.

Guests are invited to visit the gardens at Salterbridge before the talk which will take place at 7pm.

The gardens will open at 5.30 pm and the talk starts at 7pm. Booking essential. Tickets €12.50 to include a tour of the garden and refreshments.

* Tickets are selling fast for the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Bicentenary Gala Celebration at the RDS on September 30.

Celebrating 200 years of Ireland’s premier gardening club, the event will feature, floral art, demonstrations by leading lights in the gardening world and guest lectures from Dan Hinkley, Roy Lancaster and Monty Don.

The day-long event will take place at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or through the RHSI and cost €100 for full day access.

Early-bird tickets are available and access to individual lectures is also possible, contact ticketmaster.ie for details or email: info@rhsi.ie for more information, or phone: 01 493 7154.

* The RHSI’s Bicentenary Gardenfest has a great open garden today — the Dillon Garden at 45, Sandford Road, Ranelagh is open from 10.30am to 12.30pm and is one of the last chances to catch this internationally renowed space, as the property, which was covered on these pages, has now been sold for €4.5m.

RHSI patron Helen Dillon is opening her garden in aid of the society and donations are €5 for member and €10 for non-members.

The society’s members opening for the bicentenary include Mount Usher Gardens opening from 1pm to 3pm with music in the Shopping Courtyard with The Long Stone Four Saxophone Quartet and will also open on August 23 from 10.30am to 12pm and 2pm to 3.30pm, in conjunction with Heritage Week.


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