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An tIonad Glas, The Organic College in Dromcollogher, Co Limerick, holds its Annual Open Day on tomorrow, Sunday July 17 from 2-5pm.

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There will be tours of the gardens, information on organic growing and beekeeping and tastings of organic produce and preserves from the gardens.

Admission is free.

www.organiccollege.com or oifig@organiccollege.com

The garden of Mark and Trish Horgan at Amberley, Rocky Road, Ardmore will open on today from 11am - 5pm. It’s a summer garden, divided into “rooms”, with distinct themes including traditional cottage style, tropical and modern architectural plants on one acre.

The garden contains about 500 hydrangeas, over 100 grasses and has over 2,000 sq ft of herbaceous borders and trees include banana, olive, eriobotrya japonica, trachy carpus, tree ferns, blenchnum tabulare, acadia dealbata mimosa amongst others. All proceeds in aid of the St Vincent de Paul.

Don’t forget the West Cork Garden Trail - now with 15 gardens open to the public: www.westcorkgardentrail.com for details.

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.

A perfect day out for all the family on Wednesday July 27 from 18:00-19:00pm. This is a free event. To book contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie Meeting in the main carpark.

Cork Nature Network’s events in August, below, will run as part of National Heritage Week: Aug 20 Talk on Ladybirds in Cork. Gill Weyman. 1pm Cork City Library. Open day of National Heritage Week.

Aug 21: Mini-Beast Hunt, Fitzgerald Park, Cork City. 11-12.

Aug 26: Nature walk around Doneraile Wildlife Park, 14:00-15:30. Aug 27: Otter Walk led by Dr Paddy Sleeman in Blackpool, (difficult terrain, please bring wellingtons) 18:00-18:40 Aug 28: Picnic and nature walk in Beaumont quarry, 11-16.00pm.

For further information on these events please contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie

A talk about roses: A closer look at our favourite flowers with Margaret Griffin’s top tips and hints on 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 by Diarmuid Gavin with a talk entitled, “A Romp in My Garden” in Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven on Saturday July 23. Detailing the processes and nuances involved in creating an award-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

On the night Diarmuid will be joined by two doyennes of the international and Irish gardening scene - Helen Dillon and Carmel Duignan - who helped create the work and who will also contribute to the Q&A session at the end of the talk.

Tickets cost €25 with a 10% discount for groups of 10-plus. Tickets can be purchased from www.arboretum.ie or Carlow Tourism 059-913041. Carlow Garden Festival runs from Saturday July 23 to Monday August 1.

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