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Ladysbridge and District Flower and Garden Club will welcome Christine Hughes from Co Wicklow, to do a floral demonstration on the subject, ‘Autumn Glory’ at Garryvoe Hotel on Monday, September 19, at 8pm. All welcome.

Dungarvan Flower and Garden Club will host garden writer and renowned plantswoman Carmel Duignan to talk on ‘My Garden and Other Plants’ on Wednesday, at 8pm in the Park Hotel Dungarvan.

A flower demonstration with Eileen O’Brien, AOIFA will be held on September 16 at 8pm in Tracton Arts and Community Centre, Minane Bridge, in aid of Special Olympics Munster and Cork Federation ICA. Entry Fee €10 (including light refreshments), contact Margaret on 086 3773509.

Cork Garden Club presents a talk by Carl Wright, Caher Bridge Garden, Co Clare, on ‘Collecting Plants for a better Garden’ on September 8 at Nemo Rangers at 8pm.

Cobh Flower and Horticulture Club will hold its next meeting in Cobh Community Centre on Monday, at 7.30pm. It will be a floral demonstration by Cobh Flower Club demonstrators entitled “Autumn Glory”.

Bantry Flower & Garden Club will meet on Monday at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry, at 8pm. Charlie Wilkins will give a garden talk on “Aspects of Fota and entertainment”. This will be the start of the 2016-2017 Programme. Visitors are welcome to come along.

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to put their green fingers to the test during A Taste of West Cork Food Festival. From foodies and families to enthusiastic explorers, the vast and varied programme should appeal to avid gardeners and the festival takes place from September 9-18. Visit www.atasteofwestcork.com/programme 

A natural cosmetic making classes with Vivienne Campbell will take place in various venues this autumn. Walmer Holistic College, Dublin, September 25, €130; Swynnerton Lodge, Navan, Co Meath, October 8, €110; Clare Youth Centre, Ennis, Co Clare, October 15, €90; Bodhi Clinic, Gorey, Co Wexford, November 13, €110.


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