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Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) will hold it’s Annual Plant Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday May 12,13. 

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This plant sale showcases the work of the horticulture students at CSN. Plants available include annuals,perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Opening times 9am to 5pm.

Dungarvan Flower & Garden Club will host a floral demonstration on May 6 Park Hotel at 8pm with AOIFA Demonstrator, Angela Behan O’Carror on the topic: ‘ Spring into Summer’

Kinsale Garden & Flower Club will host a teaching demonstration by Maureen O’Keeffe, AOIFA on Thur May 14 at 8.00pm. Outing to festival in Ennis on Saturday June 20 - limited availability. Contact Eileen O’Brien 021 4773256

The Passage, Glenbrook and Monkstown Grow It Yourself group host a plant sale today between 11am and 4pm at Hazelhurst House, Castle Terrace, Monkstown in aid of group funds. Free entry. Further info call Steve at 086-2405573 pgmgrowityourself@gmail.com  http://www.giyinternational.org  https://www.facebook.com/PGM.GIY

Caum Community Group present Gardening Talk and Spring Demonstration by D J Murphy (Bandon Garden Centre) on Thursday May 7 at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom at 8pm. Demonstration on hanging baskets, planters and summer bedding. Plant and shrubs for sale. All are welcome.

Sustainability Day at The Secret Garden tomorrow, 1pm-6pm. A packed afternoon with information on composting, bee-keeping, growing organically, trees and and growing native plants. There will be talks and demonstrations throughout the afternoon, as well as a prize draw for a wormery worth €110, sponsored by Cork County Council. For more information www.thesecretgardener.com  or 029-60084.

Cork Garden Club presents a talk by Carl Dacus, Dublin School of Horticulture on: ‘A Plantsman’s Garden’ at Ashton School on May 14 at 8pm.

Blackrock Flower and Garden Club have Sheila Miller from Beech Hill Garden Centre to give a talk on Tuesday May 6 at 7.30pm in Ursuline secondary school Blackrock. All welcome

Fermoy Flower and Garden Club’s next meeting will take place on Tuesday May 5 in the Adair Hall, Christ Church, Fermoy at 8pm. Special guest on the night will be Mr Jim Wilson, who will give a talk on garden birds. Jim has been involved in the study and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage for over 40 years with a strong emphasis on education. Jim is a former chairman of Bird Watch Ireland .

Guided Walking Tour of the Garden and Landscape Design History of Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow on May 7 at 11am. Discover Lord Powerscourt’s vast collection of gates, statues and fountains throughout the gardens. The cost of the event is included in the entry price to Powerscourt Gardens and is free for Powerscourt members. To buy tickets and for further information visit www.powerscourt.com/events

Mitchelstown GIY meets on Thursday May 7, at 8pm sharp at the Ozanam Centre. Camen and Stfan will speak about health, pickling and preserving fruit and vegetables from the garden. Seed and seedlings bring and swap. All welcome.

A guided walking tour of one of the Waterford Garden Trail’s most romantic and inspiring gardens gets underway on Sunday, May 10 and 17 at 3pm with a visit to the home of Dutch artists Wout Muller and Clary Mastenbroek who have transformed seven acres of the former woollen mill at Fairbrook House into a tranquil paradise and museum. Admission is €7 per adult and includes free teas.

The stunning walled garden, situated at the river Dawn close to Kilmeaden, was first established in 1994 and evolved over the years. Stones from former buildings have been recycled into walls, raised borders, obelisks and magic standing stones. The artists’ small gallery has been extended as a museum for contemporary figurative art.

Fairbrook is very much a gardener’s paradise and includes lavender fields, special water features which include a pool in the ruin of the former dyehouse. Fairbrook is one of 14 garden and garden attractions on the Waterford Garden Trail.

It includes a cluster of very different gardens and attractions which range from the vast gardens surrounding the region’s great historic houses to smaller gardens and garden centres.

Other events include a growing and foraging for herbs event at Dromana and Bluebell Day at Curraghmore tomorrow; lunchtime arias at Salterbridge on May 31; Dromana 800 festivities from July 2 to 5; a talk by Robert O’Byrne on ‘The Beauties of the Blackwater’ on July 2; a visit to Cluster Gardens around Kinsalebeg and Ardmore on July 19 and a talk by Dermot O’Neill and Seamus O’Brien at Tourin on July 25. For more on Fairbrook and the other gardens, visit www.waterfordgardentrail.com

Dhu Varren Garden (Milltown, Co. Kerry) is now open for the summer season. Further details contact us at 087 759 6414 or on our website at www.dhuvarrengarden.com

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