Saturday, August 24 sees Oranmore Castle host a Heritage Fair, from 11-5pm, with stalls, garden produce and fun workshops for kids. Admission is free. Or if you find yourself in the Ancient East, join an expert from the Royal Horticultural Society team to learn about the history and restoration of the 18th-century walled garden in Russborough House, Co Wicklow, from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Free entry
As part of National Heritage Week, Doneraile Development Association will on Sunday (August 25) run a guided tour from 2.30pm-4.30pm through the historic garden spaces of Doneraile Park, Co Cork, highlighting the connection between 17th-century castle gardens, 18th-century parkland, and 19th-century court and townhouse gardens. The demesne possesses an extensive range of mature and specimen trees, many of them now over 300 years old and unique in the Irish context. Admission is free, no need to book, and plenty of parking available.
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Glin Castle is hosting an Open Day on Sunday, August 25 as Heritage Week celebrations come to a close. There will be guided tours of the Co Limerick Castle and its extensive gardens, with light refreshments served on the castle’s lawns. Gates open from 12-6pm. Admission is €10, with free parking.
A reminder that Cork G.I.Y are holding a bring and share Harvest Day on Saturday, August 31st, from 2pm-5pm. The event takes place in the Hydro Farm Allotments in Tower/Blarney and is for a very worthy cause. Billed as a ‘knowledge fun day’, it includes a barbecue, while potted herbs, vegetables and salads will be available. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin are inviting plant lovers to join them for a stroll through the gardens on Saturday, August 31st, where visitors will view plants that have inspired hobbies in the past, including mushroom collecting, jam making, wood for sports, musical instruments and exotic plant growing. Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre at 2,30pm. €5 per person.
Meanwhile, the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival continues at the Gardens until September 1. Last year’s festival featured a world record-breaking 256 cultivars. The display is in the Teak House, alongside a series of tomato talks and activities for children. See firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an open day at Monksgrange 250 this Sunday in Rathnure, Enniscorthy will include a talk by garden historian and architect Patrick Bowe (2pm) followed by a guided tour by Jeremy Hill (3.30pm). Sheltered by woodland, the garden is a collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, specimen trees and shrubs dating to the 1920s.
Admission is free, no need to book, and children welcome.