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* The Friends of Marymount are hosting their annual Open Garden season again this year, thanks to kind supporters.

The first event is on May 10 at Eamonn and& Catherine Nott’s garden, Monastery Road, Rochestown, Cork. Time: 12.00 noon – 6.00pm. It will be signposted from Rochestown Inn. On May 18 it will be Mary O’Connell’s garden at Mansfield, Passage West, Co.Cork, from 2.00 to 6.00pm. The final listing for May is Malcolm Kitt’s Villa Maressa at Lake Road, Cobh and the time is to be confirmed. Phone (021) 4501201 – Extension 228 or email: thefriends@marymount.ie www.marymount.ie

* On Sat May 10 the Irish Garden Plant Society (Munster), will visit two Limerick gardens. Starting at 11am the group will visit Deborah Begley’s Garden, Terra Nova, (admission €5) and then at 2.30pm Kevin Begley’s garden, Coolwater, (admission €3). Lunch will be at 1pm at The Old Bakehouse Restaurant in Bruff Village. For more info including directions, visit www.irishgardenplantsociety.com

* Cobh Flower and Horticulture Club will hold their next meeting in Cobh Community Centre on Monday May 12 at 8pm. There will be a Floral Demonstration by Beatrice Hartog, AOIFA entitled “Floral Rendezvous”. Plants will be on sale.

* “Love Your Land” will be held on Sunday May 11 from 12–6pm to raise funds for Killmallock’s wildlife rescue team, Animal Magic. This event is free and will include speakers from Irish Wildlife Trust, local organic farms, bee keepers, poultry keepers and the LIFE project. The day will start at 12 midday with guided walks in the Island Woods, Newmarket with experts in trees, wildlife, folklore and foraging. The event will continue from 2pm at The Secret Garden, Newmarket, where there will be demonstrations on keeping bees, composting and using native plants.

* Kinsale Garden & Flower Club presents “Flowers and Fun” with Holly Wood on May 8 at 8.00pm in St Multose Hall. Sales table, plants; floral accessories and books on display.

* Cork Garden Club’s next talk is by Sue Wainwright on scented geraniums and stained glass at Ashton School, on May 8 at 8 pm.

* Skibbereen’s Deelish Garden Centre is presenting a series of eight talks and workshops given by experts from all over Munster touching on a wide range of gardening activities. The series will kick off tomorrow with Verney Naylor, the well-known garden designer, speaking on “Colour in Your Garden”. The next week, May 11 will be a workshop on organic composting and wildflowers with Cathy Eastman from Gortbrack Organic Farm, Kerry.

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