Home, Garden & Environment

Celebrating Ellen Hutchins: Ireland’s first female botanist

Posted on: 4th August, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

A festival to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist, is taking place in and around Bantry during Heritage Week (Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 30). Ellen was born in Ballylickey in...

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Discover Baltimore’s gardening secrets

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

Now in its third year, Baltimore Secret Gardens Weekend offers an opportunity to visit some inspiring private gardens, many of which do not regularly open to the public. The brainchild of Jean Perry from the Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, the...

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Flower power

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

Where oh where does time go? So much has happened in the last month that it feels like three months since my last article. The end of May saw our blue tits fledge and bless them they put on a...

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Heroines and mixed blessings

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

Have you ever wished to meet one of your hero/heroines? Well, recently I was honoured and privileged to meet Lynn Byczynski, editor of ‘Growing for Market’, an American publication. She has written ‘The Flower Farmer’, a fantastic, informative book on...

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Narmada Organics at Clonakilty GIY

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

Last month Clonakilty Grow It Yourself group greatly enjoyed guest speaker Jonathan Doig from Narmada Organics. Jonathan showed us some really interesting slides to explain how in 1982 he set up his vegetable growing business in Upper Froe, Rosscarbery. Jonathan...

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West Cork Garden Trail celebrates its 21st Birthday with Diarmuid Gavin

Posted on: 5th May, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

The West Cork Garden Trail is 21 years old this year. On May 31, there will be a day of celebrations and a double-chance to meet Ireland’s most famous gardening celebrity. In the morning, Diarmuid Gavin will be at Garra...

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Many hands make light work

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

Where does time go? I can’t believe we are at the end of March already; this is the frantic time when everything collides — seeding, weeding, potting on seedlings, weeding, harvesting, planting out, weeding, workshops and demonstrations, as well as...

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Gardening by the sea

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

It’s a known but seldom acknowledged truth that many an experienced gardener has been overwhelmed by the unique and devilish conditions which characterise the coast of West Cork. Not only are their plants buffeted by salt laden winds; the roots...

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