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An open garden will be held at Ballyshane, Ballybrannigan, near Inch, Whitegate, Co Cork, on Sunday, June 14, from 2 pm-6pm in aid of Marymount Hospice.

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An open garden, coffee day and vintage display, in aid of cancer treatment at Cork University Hospital, will take place at Frank and Valerie Jennings’ home, Cashel Beg, Enniskeane, on the main Bandon-Clonakilty road on Sunday, June 21, from 10am to 8pm.

This will be the final open day at the Jennings’ home.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club’s annual members’ outing is to the AOIFA National Flower Festival, in Ennis, Co. Clare, on Saturday, June 20. Coach departing Macroom at 8.00am. Phone 087-9821708 or 086-3046608 for details.

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the magical surroundings of Powerscourt Gardens, in County Wicklow, at the end of month, for a staging of The Secret Garden in one of Ireland’s most stunning open-air venues. It is on Sunday, June 28, at 1.30pm, and is a family-friendly production.

The Secret Garden will capture the very spirit of summer and should be one of the highlights of the open-air garden theatre season. It is a most enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike.

Bring along a picnic and soak up the views, while you relax in one of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens. To book, visit www.powerscourt.com/events

Monty Don, of BBC’s Gardeners’ World, will visit Croagh, Co. Limerick, as part of the new Munster Food and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5.

This inaugural show will be an explosion of colours, scents and flavours. Don and Charlie Wilkins (of the Evening Echo and Irish Examiner), as well as chefs, Rachael Allen and Brian McDermot, will attend.

The weekend will feature gardening and cookery workshops, outdoor and indoor style arenas, crafts, show gardens and a business showcase. Croagh is a short drive from Adare and just off the N21 Limerick to Killarney Road. Tickets and details at www.munsterfoodandgardenshow.ie

Conna and District Flower and Garden Club will travel by bus to the Flower Festival on Saturday, June 20, and the trip includes breakfast, evening meal and entry to both churches in Ennis. Contact Catherine Spillane, on www.connaflowerandgardenclub.org ; non-members welcome.

This June, Airfield Estate, in Dundrum, Co. Dublin, features an exhibition on the lives of the women associated with the estate during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Lives Less Ordinary focuses on two generations of women, who, despite the challenges of a woman’s reduced status at the time, forged opportunities for themselves and led fulfilling and globally-travelled lives.

The exhibition concentrates on Letitia and Naomi Overend, their mother, Lily, and aunts, Fannie and Helen Butler, and Minnie Overend, who created their own miniature estate in Dundrum.

Looking at the lives of unmarried women of the day, it debunks the notion that they lacked opportunities and explores themes of property, home, travel, philanthropy and work, giving visitors a greater understanding of the rich and varied experience of the women of this class, during a period of change.

Running through to June 30, ‘Lives Less Ordinary’ is included in the entry price to Airfield Estate — €10 for adults, €5 for children, with children under three entering for free. Airfield Estate annual membership and gift cards are also available.

Airfield is Ireland’s largest, urban organic farm and food garden and the 38-acre estate includes a working farm and dairy, food gardens and restaurant.

A charitable organisation, established by Letitia and Naomi Overend in 1974, Airfield is self-funded, so all entrance fees help to maintain this resource for future generations. Keep up to date with what’s happening at Airfield by following @airfielddundrum , or www.facebook.com/airfielddublin

Carlow Garden Festival runs from Saturday, July 25, to Monday, August 3, and will feature 14 celebrated garden experts, over 10 days in 15 different venues. The 2015 Carlow Garden Festival returns with its best-ever line-up. Monty Don heads the panel and opens the festival with his own experiences of ‘My Life in Gardens’.

The 2015 programme contains a mix of top UK gardeners and the best of Irish garden broadcasters and writers, with something to interest everyone from novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs, garden designers to nature lovers and events for all the family. Helen Dillon will share her unique insight into ‘What Makes a Good Garden’.

Vegetable expertise is supplied by Kitty Scully (Irish Examiner columnist and head food gardener at Airfield) and Rob Smith, winner of the BBC’s ‘Big Allotment Challenge’. Check out www.carlowgardentrail.com  or, alternatively, ring Carlow Tourism on 059-9130411.

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