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¦ The AGM of the Lough Flower and Garden Club will be held on Tuesday next at 8pm in the SMA centre Wilton. All members are kindly requested to attend.

¦ Beatrice Hartog AOIFA will demonstrate on Tuesday, Feb 4, at 7.30pm at the Ursuline secondary school. Visitors welcome.

¦ Amongst the first flowers to raise their pretty heads in the New Year, the arrival of snowdrops is celebrated with a dedicated month-long series of events and festivals in Co Carlow. The schedule commences with a Snowdrop Gala being held at Ballykealey Manor Hotel in Ballon on Feb 1. Lectures from Richard Hobbs Tales about Snowdrops and John Massey Winter into Spring feature on the programme together with a guided tour of Altamont Gardens with head gardener Paul Cutler and a bulb sale offering snowdrops from Avon Bulbs and Richard Hobbs, and hellebores from Ashwood Nurseries and Harvington. The €70 fee includes lectures, lunch, refreshments, bulb sale and guided tour.

¦ Extensive drifts of snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and early bulbs throughout the garden and woodland areas signal the first signs of spring in Burtown House in Athy which opens from Feb 8 – 24. The Gallery exhibition hosts February Flowers, featuring mainly snowdrop paintings by different botanical artists, including resident artists Wendy Walsh and Lesley Fennell.

¦ Huntington Castle has over 10,000 flowers on view and also features a woodland nature walk and a Children’s Adventure Trail with a host of activities and obstacles for kids of all ages.

For further information visit www.carlowgardentrail.com or www.carlowtourism.com or phone 059-9130411. You could also check out garden designer Anjela Jupe’s website www.irishsnowdrops.org which highlights what is happening during snowdrop month.

¦ Cobh Flower and Horticulture Club will hold their next meeting in Cobh Community Centre on Monday, Feb 3, at 8pm. Jim Wilson will speak on Great Island Treasures. Visitors welcome. Admission €5.

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