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 January 2017

 
Every Monday - Sunday in January National Botanic Gardens Daily Guided Walks: Hidden January Blossoms

Discover some unanticipated winter colour as you stroll through the gardens with us. Experience the fragrant blossoms of the Daphne and the tropical Rhododendrons in the glasshouses

Times:
Monday - Saturday, 11.30am and 3.00pm (€5 per person)
Sunday, 12.00am and 2.30pm (Free of charge)

Wednesday 18th January  National Botanic Gardens Lecture: Roger Casement and the Economics of tropical crops.

The Irish patriot Roger Casement spent several years in the Congos, but a secret mission in 1903 conducted on behalf of the British Government brought about remarkable changes in Human Rights, and the politics of Empire. In this lecture, Matthew Jebb will explore some of the collections that Roger Casement brought back for the Natural History Museum in Dublin. The impact his expedition had on his thinking and how this led him to collaborate in the 1916 rising will be discussed. The way to utilise tropical crops 100 years after the Casement report has changed little

Time: 3.00pm in the Education and Visitor Centre

Thursday 19th January  National Botanic Gardens Evening Lecture: Birds of the National Botanic Gardens. 

Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland shows us what birdlife we can hope to encounter in a visit to the Gardens

Time: 8.00pm in the Education and Visitor Centre

Saturday 21st January National Botanic Gardens Themed Guided Walk: The Glasshouses of Glasnevin

Come along to these guided walks and discover the beauty and history of the fantastic Victorian Glasshouses here in Glasnevin. From Richard Turners iconic curvilinear Range to the tropical collection of the Great Palm house. 

Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Education and Visitor Centre (€5 per person)

Wednesday 25th January National Botanic Gardens Lecture: Climbing, Plants and DNA in an unexplored Honduran rain-forest

Colin Kelleher, Botanist at the National Botanic Gardens, was part of a 16-strong team that travelled to Cusuco National Park in Honduras to extend the catalogue of plants and further understand the diversity in the montane rain-forest. In this talk, Colin will describe the flora the encountered and what the National Botanic Gardens is doing to help describe and conserve this biodiversity hotspot.

Time: 3.00pm in the Education and Visitor Centre

Thursday 26th January  National Botanic Gardens Evening Lecture: Things that Turn Me On - Confessions of a Plant Freak

Speaker Nick Macer runs Pan Global Plants Nursery, a renowned nursery with a remarkable range of plants. In this talk he will highlight some of his own favourites. Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society

Time: 8.00pm in the Education and Visitor Centre.

Friday 27th January  Bantry,
Co. Cork
Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production with Klaus Laitenberger

National Learning Network Centre - Bantry

The day courses will give an introduction on organic gardening, seed sowing, Jobs to be done in January/February, ground preparation, organic pest, disease and weed management.
There will be power-point presentations as well as some practical demonstrations on ground preparation and propagation.

Booking is through Sean or Margaret on  info@nots.ie

Cost is €30 (Subsidised by NOTS) Free for the unemployed

Saturday 28th January Beara Island, Co. Cork Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production with Klaus Laitenberger

The day courses will give an introduction on organic gardening, seed sowing, Jobs to be done in January/February, ground preparation, organic pest, disease and weed management.
There will be power-point presentations as well as some practical demonstrations on ground preparation and propagation.

Booking is through Sean or Margaret on  info@nots.ie

Cost is €30 (Subsidised by NOTS) Free for the unemployed

Saturday 28th January  National Botanic Gardens Themed Guided Walk: The Glasshouses of Glasnevin

Come along to these guided walks and discover the beauty and history of the fantastic Victorian Glasshouses here in Glasnevin. From Richard Turners iconic curvilinear Range to the tropical collection of the Great Palm house. 

Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Education and Visitor Centre (€5 per person)

 February 2017

     
Every Monday - Sunday February National Botanic Gardens Daily Guided Tours: Hidden February Blossoms

Discover some unanticipated winter colour as you stroll through the gardens with us. Experience the fragrant blossoms of the Daphne and the tropical Rhododendrons in the glasshouses

Times:
Monday - Saturday, 11.30am and 3.00pm (€5 per person)
Sunday, 12.00am and 2.30pm (Free of charge)

 Wednesday 1st February  National Botanic Gardens Lecture: Viking Homes and Gardens

The Viking House was built in 2014 and provides a highlight to many of our Garden tours providing as it does, an inspiration for sustainability and Dublin's heritage. Matthew Jebb explains the science behind the reconstruction. Our knowledge of the first Dubliners, is a thrilling story of archaeological detective work and what this tells us about life in the capital city from its earliest beginnings.

Time: 3.00pm in the Education and Visitor Centre
 
Saturday 4th February  National Botanic Gardens Lecture: Zoohabitats 

Speaker Stephen Butler, Horticultural Curator at Dublin Zoo will talk about his work immersing the animals and the visitors in naturalistic planting at Dublin Zoo. Thematic planting creates a different appearance around each area, this talk will illustrate some of the thinking behind the design, and aspects of planting to enrich the habitat for the animals too.

Time: 2.00pm. Education and Visitor Centre

Organised with the ISBA and the IGPS

Sunday 5th February National Botanic Gardens  Demonstration: St. Brigid's Cross Making

Come and discover the technique behind making the traditional St. Brigid's Cross. Step-by-step demonstrations using fresh rushes will take place throughout the day in the Education and Visitors Centre in celebration of St. Brigid

Time: 11.30am & 3.00pm

Wednesday 8th February  National Botanic Gardens Lecture: Sea pea in a nutshell - Have some of our plants come from America? 

Ireland has a number of botanical oddities whose origins we cannot explain. Some of our floral elements may have even arrived from America. Join Colin Kelleher of the National Botanic Gardens to learn about one of our current projects which is trying to investigate the origins of an ephemeral coastal visitor, the Sea pea.

Time: 3.00pm in the Education and Visitor Centre

Thursday 9th February National Botanic Gardens Lecture: A Botanical Scramble of Africa

Seamus O'Brien recounts the story of his recent travels in South Africa where he, and a keen group of enthusiastic Irish plantspeople, studied the flora of the cape, including Table Mountain and the flowers of the Drakensberg Range into Lesotho. This includes the tale of his visit to the South African "Glass Nevin". The talk concludes with images of plants and animals in Kruger National Park.

Time: 8.00pm at the Education and Visitor Centre

Saturday 11th February/Tuesday 14th February National Botanic Gardens Valentine's Day Guided Walk: Budding Romance

Come along for a bracing and romantic stroll in the Gardens as we observe the first signs of spring. Snowdrops herald the arrival of the new season while some of the fragrant winter flowers linger on. Inside the glasshouses exotic blooms evoke warmer climes. An alternative Valentine's Day activity to delight the senses!

Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre (€5 per person)

Thursday 16th February National Botanic Gardens Evening Lecture: The Peregrine Falcon in Leinster

Ann Fitzpatrick, NPWS Wildlife Ranger talks on the status of this magnificent bird of prey. Come and see how the world's fastest bird is doing in our area
Time: 8.00pm at the Education and Visitor Centre
     

 March 2017

     
Thursday 9th March Cork Photo Gallery

Half day Essential Pruning by Alan Pitcher

Time: 11 – 2pm
Venue: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park.

Pruning is a task that can often intimidate even the most experienced of gardeners. Fear not – this half day workshop will take the mystery out of pruning once and for all! All aspects of pruning will be covered, from the theory through to technique, with lots of practical advice as well as specific pruning techniques for different groups of plants (roses, climbers, shrubs, fruit trees). Tool selection and maintenance will also be covered.

This workshop is essential for people who would like to be able to keep their garden under control but are frightened to tackle anything! Participants may bring along their own pruning tools if they wish but this is not essential.

Price - €40 sign up at this link
http://corkphoto.com/product-category/creative-workshop-programme/


Wednesday 29th March Cork Photo Gallery

Half day Introduction to Growing Your Own Cut Flowers with Sarah Evans of The Secret Garden.

Time: 10 – 2pm
Venue: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park.

Do you love the idea of growing your own cut flowers and don’t know where to start?

Whether it’s for a wedding, or just a fresh vase of flowers on the kitchen table each week, we can all grow beautiful blooms. Home-grown seasonal flowers not only have a natural beauty, but you will be able to grow flowers not readily available in the shops, with the added bonus that they will not have travelled for thousands of miles. This half day workshop will arm you with enough practical know how to get you started for the season.

We’ll cover everything from choosing which varieties to grow, sowing from seed, planting, soil, feed, pest management, staking, cutting and conditioning. More importantly, this will all be organically so the bees and butterflies can enjoy the flowers too. You’ll also get a bit of hands on experience with sowing a few seeds of your own to take home and nurture. The cost includes a handout and all materials.

Price - €45 sign up at this link
http://corkphoto.com/product-category/creative-workshop-programme/


 

 May 2017

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th of May Renvyle House Hotel, Anyone fancies a wonderful weekend in Connemara?  On the 5th -7th May, Renvyle House Hotel organise a gardening weekend with myself, Anja Gohlke (Head Gardener at Kylemore Abbey) and Sile Nic Chonaonaigh. 

For more information please have a look at:
http://www.renvyle.com/booking.php?action=cal&price_group=524288

Thursday 11th May
Cork Photo Gallery

Bees, Trees & Hedgerows with Alan Pitcher

Time: 4pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park.

This workshop is aimed at those who wish to set up and maintain a garden not just for aesthetics and production, but for the benefit of wildlife. Starting with the principles of design and plant placement, it will also cover how to choose suitable trees, hedging shrubs and perennials that will not only give you a beautiful garden but will also provide food and habitat for wildlife.
Once the garden has been planted it needs to be maintained without resorting to harmful chemicals, and garden maintenance will also be tackled – garden health, making your own feeds and dealing with pest and disease organically.

Price - €40 sign up at this link
http://corkphoto.com/product-category/creative-workshop-programme/

     

 June 2017

     
Wednesday 7th June Cork Photo Gallery

Half day Introduction to Growing Your Own Herbs with Sarah Evans of The Secret Garden.

Time: 10 - 2pm
Venue: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park.


Time to stop buying bags of fresh herbs from the supermarket and start growing your own!

Growing herbs is easy and rewarding and you don’t even need a garden to do it! A windowsill, a doorstep, anywhere you can perch a pot or two will allow you to grow tasty and nutritious herbs that will transform even the most basic of dishes (two eggs suddenly becomes omelette aux fines herbes).

This half day workshop will be a gentle introduction to herbs –what and how to grow, ranging from the common parsley through to more unusual flavours, with plenty of opportunities to sniff and taste the variety of herbs available. There will be a bit of practical too, as you get to sow a few seeds yourself to take home with you. Price includes handout and all materials.

Price - €45 sign up at this link
http://corkphoto.com/product-category/creative-workshop-programme/