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Sunday 15th July, 10am to 5pm
IGPS Munster will once again be holding its Annual Plant Sale at Blarney in Bloom. We’re asking members to please try support the plant sale by donating plants and books, and/or volunteering their time to help out for a couple of hours on the day.
We would be delighted to accept plants at our stand from 9-9.45 on the morning of the show. Looking for people to look after the stand also. Contact Margaret McAuliffe!
We’ll be in touch with more information about donating and volunteering closer to the date, but now is the time to start setting some plants aside in your own gardens and getting them ready for the big day.
The money we raise on the day goes back into helping us fund enjoyable lectures and events for the year ahead.
We are visiting Curraghmore House in Portlaw on Sat. July 21 at 11.30. There will be a guided tour of the house, gardens and shell house. Cost is €15 for members and €20 for guests. Lunch is extra.
Curraghmore House in Waterford is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170, or, about 320 years before Columbus ‘discovered’ the New World.
Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland.
A Sitka Spruce planted on the estate in the 1830s is among the tallest tree in Ireland and stands guard over King John’s Bridge. Built in 1205 this stone-arched structure, spanning the Clodagh River, is the oldest bridge in Ireland. Twelve miles of famine relief boundary walls and four sturdy wrought iron gates surround the estate.
Gnarled pink chestnut trees line the approach to the big house and original castle tower. St Hubert’s stag with crucifix between its antlers – genuine horns on the de la Poer family emblem – gazes across the large Courtyard from atop the old castle.
Orlaith was one of the first participates in Carraig Dulra’s organic garden complete course in 2006. A keen allotment grower, Orlaith has a level 3 diploma in Horticulture from the RHS. She also has completed courses in Forest Gardening and most recently Geoff Lawtons Permaculture Design Course.
She is currently teaching organic gardening with the VEC in North Dublin and Tallaght and has a passion for cooking sumptuous meals with her home-grown produce. Orlaith will take us on a botanical gastro journey to discover the bounty that hides in our gardens.
Susan Turner is Head Gardener at Ballymaloe House as well as Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens. An expert in her field, she has worked extensively in Israel and Germany as well as her native South Africa and brings a wealth of experience to bear on her series of gardening workshops. Susan is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of organic horticulture and has been lecturing since 1995.
This evening’s talk will be on all matters in the autumn at Ballymaloe.
Patthana Garden is situated in Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, and is the garden of artist, T. J. Maher. It opened to the public for the first time in 2017 and attracted visitors in great numbers. T. J. is a painter and his eye for colour and colour combination has made the planting at Patthana Garden perfectly beautiful.
Join T. J. this evening for an overview of the garden through the seasons.