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Horticulture news from The Irish Garden

The Irish Garden Magazine's quick news hits provide a quick update on what's happening in the horticulture world. Photo: The Irish Garden.

Quick news hits from the world of horticulture, courtesy of The Irish Garden Magazine.



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12 March 2018

The following are quick news hits from out sister publication – The Irish Garden Magazine. You can learn more about The Irish Garden on their website:

GreenForce Lawn Gold

Photo: The Irish Garden.An organic based lawn fertiliser, GreenForce Lawn Gold contains a unique blend of minerals to feed the grass while naturally controlling moss. The moss simply disintegrates into the earth, meaning you won’t have to rake out unsightly black patches. Trials show that GreenForce Lawn Gold actually increases biodiversity and earthworm activity in the soil, leaving your lawn in better condition than ever, and it is Irish-made. Check out for more expert gardening advice and stockists.”

Blight-resistant potatoes from Fruithill Farm

Fear blight no more, new, blight-resistant potato varieties are now available from Fruit Hill Farm. ‘Carolus’ is a floury, high-yielding spud with a superb taste. Early maincrop ‘Bionica’ has won taste awards. There are also the red-skinned ‘Alouette’ and ‘Sarpo Mira’. The blight-free star of the moment is ‘Vitabella’ — a very clean, yellow, second early with a lovely creamy taste, 10 out of 10 in our test kitchen. All potatoes are certified and organic and are available online at

Ecocem Ireland weather-resistant bag

Low carbon cement Ecocem Ireland’s traditional paper bag is being replaced by a stronger, more durable weather resistant bag. The company made the announcement at their state of the art facility in Dublin Port. Ecocem bagged cement is a technically advanced product that has a 45% lower carbon footprint than standard bagged cement. Its workability, brighter finish and competitive price make it an attractive choice. For more information:

The Charnwood

These versatile plastic-rubber shell boots, from Town & Country, protect toes and keep feet dry, making them perfect for a wide range of activities, from gardening to walking, whatever the weather. The rubber outer keeps moisture out, whilst the Thermolite lining keeps warmth in. For added comfort, the boots have odour resistant and hypoallergenic, fleecy, cushioned insoles.

Chiltern ‘Green Twister’

Echinacea 'Green Envy' - coneflower

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’ – coneflower. Photo: The Irish Garden.

A new variety of coneflower from Chiltern Seeds has bright lemon-green petals with centres blushed with pinkish-purple. There is natural variation in the colouring of each flower, some more green than others. This is a robust plant with strong stems, ideal for cutting. A first-year flowering perennial, sow from February to May for flowers from July onwards, height to one metre.

Stewart Garden Herb Pot

Garden product manufacturer, Stewart Garden, has launched the Ivy Planter Herb Pot, which features three planting areas in each container section. Each planting area is served by a self-watering system through the interior planter, while the modular stacking system allows gardeners to create eye-catching cascading plant effects. Ideal for gardeners who don’t have a traditional outdoor space.

Natural ecofective Lawn Feed

For a lush, verdant lawn using natural ingredients, ecofective Natural Lawn Feed and Root Enhancer fertiliser mini-granules can be applied easily to the lawn to provide it with essential nutrients. The mycorrhizal content works symbiotically with the grass roots to improve resistance to drought conditions and stress and enables the roots to effectively soak up moisture and nutrients from the soil beneath.

A new Irish website, aims to make it easier for homeowners to access the services of high-quality landscapers, gardeners and other home professionals. seeks to seamlessly match discerning homeowners with reliable home professionals. The site currently has over 30,000 photos of completed work from home professionals all over Ireland.

Botanical & Floral Art in Bloom

announcing for 2018, Botanical & Floral Art in Bloom is an annual, juried show at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, and showcases the cream of Irish Botanical and Floral art. Encouraged and supported by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists, the artists are consistently producing art in all price brackets, and are available at a few select but regular exhibitions during the year.

New Atco cylinder mowers

Photo: The Irish Garden.

Photo: The Irish Garden.

Nothing beats the finish achieved by a traditional cylinder mower and there are three outstanding models in this sector of the Atco range. At the heart of these machines is the cutting cylinder—6 steel blades producing 113 cuts per metre. All three models are fitted with recoil start Briggs & Stratton 4-stroke engines, have power drive and a centrifugal clutch with variable forward speeds.

Blarney in Bloom

The date for this year’s Blarney in Bloom has been set for 15 July from 10am to 5pm. This well-established event takes place in the grounds of Blarney Castle Estate, Co. Cork, and features a huge range of specialist plant nurseries, arts and crafts stalls and demonstrations, a farmers market and a dog show. And there is access to the famous 60 acres of gardens that surround Blarney Castle The event is run in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and last year raised over €36,000.

Donegal Garden Trail

Donegal Garden Trail celebrates its 12th Season this year with 22 gardens opening their gates to welcome visitors. The gardens are spread throughout the county and vary in size from a small, but exquisite, rose garden to large parkland gardens. Most are situated on or near to the Wild Atlantic Way giving the visitor opportunity to explore Donegal’s coastline. Details:

Free Gardening Talks in Kilkenny Castle

The programme is as varied and wide ranging as ever: talks on The Lafcadio Hearn Garden in Waterford, the use of trees in Irish parklands and notes on how to reinterpret and restore a mature garden.


Photo: The Irish Garden.

Speakers include Terence Reeves-Smyth, Daphne Shackleton, Mary Keenan, Agnes Aylward and Colm Mangan. The talks, as usual will be held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm, starting on the 27 March. Free on first come first served basis. For information contact: or

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