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* The award-winning garden of Gertie and Maurice O’Donoghue at Dromboy, Carrignavar, will open this Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm in aid of the Friends of Marymount.

The event includes a sculpture trail and plant sale. Signposted from Cork-Mallow Road (N20) at Rathduff and from Carrignavar Village.

* The Secret Garden will welcome author, TV & radio presenter, Fiann Ó Nualláin on Sunday, July 6, for a talk which will begin at 3pm sharp. Fiann will be making up a selection of recipes using plants from the garden, eg, treatment for sun burn and wasp stings, face masks, etc. The event is free and all are welcome. Fiann will be selling signed copies of his book on the day, and the event promises to be entertaining and informative. For more information call 029-60084 or go to www.thesecretgardener.com

* Carlow Garden Festival, (Friday, July 25 – Monday, August 4, will have Carol Klein of Gardeners’ World to open the 2014 event with the best line-up ever, say festival organisers.For its 13th year, Carlow offers something for everyone — from novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs, garden designers to nature lovers and grandparents to grandchildren. Other gardening experts will include our own, Dermot O’Neill, Financial Times columnist Robin Lane Fox, Seamus O’Brien, head gardener at Kilmacurragh Gardens and the doyenne of Irish horticulture, Helen Dillon of the Dillon Garden. Acclaimed designer, Paul Martin, an RHS Hampton Court gold medal winner, along with June Blake of June Blake’s Garden, Fionnuala Fallon and Shirley Lanigan, author of 100 Best Gardens in Ireland, make up a varied panel of speakers. Eanna Ní Lamhna and Irish Examiner columnist, Dick Warner, will also deliver a range of environmental talks and workshops, while Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso cover all aspects of growing herbs and herbal remedies. For more information visit www.carlowgardentrail.com or call Carlow Tourism t: 059-9130411.

* An Open Garden event for Marymount Hospice will take place at Frank and Kitty Tanner’s property at Raheen, Newcestown, Co Cork, (near the Michael Collins’ monument at Béal na Bláth) on Sunday, July 6, from 2pm to 6pm. Lookout for Open Garden signs.

* An open Garden for Marymount Hospice and Alzheimer’s Association will take place at author, Alice Taylor’s garden at Innishannon, Co Cork on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, from 10 to 6 pm.

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