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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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9 April 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:

Gorse Farm

Gorse Farm in Bunclody, Co.Wexford is one of an emerging number of small-scale organic farms throughout Ireland. This movement responds to the Irish consumer’s increasing awareness of the benefits of locally sourced, high-quality, and chemical-free produce, with all aspects of the business being done by hand, from sowing the seeds through to harvesting the leaves. Gorse Farm’s product range consists of fresh mixed salad, spinach and kale as well as seasonal produce such as garlic and cucumbers, all of which are available in local Supervalu stores.

Garden design at Altamont

On 14 April, there is An Introduction to Garden Design from 11am to 4pm with Ingrid Smyth MGLDA, aimed at providing the participant with the tools to enable them to design their own dream garden. It will cover the design process of analysing your garden, surveying it, gathering inspiration on how you want it to look, drawing up a garden design plan and the implementation of your design. The one-day course costs €65 and includes lunch. Places are limited to 15 and booking is recommended. For bookings,

Tulip Extravaganza at The Bay Garden

Photo: Gerry Daly / The Irish Garden.

Photo: The Irish Garden.

Mr. Middleton’s Tulip Extravaganza at The Bay Garden is a four week extravaganza of tulips and spring bulbs with over 15,000 bulbs planted in 120 varieties. Viewing days, 2-5pm, each of the following days: Saturday and Sunday April 14 and 15; Saturday and Sunday April 21 and 22; Saturday and Sunday April 28 and 29. All other times for clubs and groups by appointment. Talks on growing tulips. Entrance €5.

Blarney abuzz!

There is a big buzz around Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, with the opening of a bee observation centre. The centre will give visitors a safe area to observe the gardens honey bees and the bee keepers at work. It looks out onto three hives that are situated in a bee-friendly meadow, and also gives a sneak peek into the walled garden and orchard. Blarney Castle is making a conscious effort to educate visitors and help in the conservation of the honey bee. More:

Bloomin’ Great Line-Up!

Allianz Garden Show Ireland has just launched a great line-up of activities for all of the family. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, May 4-6, at Antrim Castle Gardens, Northern Ireland, this year’s Allianz Garden Show Ireland returns bigger than ever. One of this year’s main attractions will be the feature garden created by 2017 Chelsea gold-medallist, Ian Price. Ian’s Meditation Garden in association with Aware, will reinforce the proven links between the benefits of gardening and being outdoors to maintaining positive mental health. See

Gabriel Ash Cedar Greenhouses

Customers ordering a Gabriel Ash Greenhouse during April will each receive a Baby Grand Coldframe (worth over € 400) absolutely free. For more details call 087-2306 128 or to make appointment to view products display in Terenure.

Dahlia ‘Aggie White’

Photo: Gerry Daly / The Irish Garden.

Photo: The Irish Garden.

Dahlia ‘Aggie White’ Giant Decorative is a rich orange bronze variety, sport of Bryn Terfel, raised by Christopher White of Three Gate Nursery, Dublin, and named in honour of his mother Aggie. Two years ago, it received the best new dahlia at the National Dahlia society show at Harrogate, UK, and best exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Dahlia Show in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. After six years working on this new dahlia, a limited number will be available to purchase for the first time at Bloom 2018 in Dublin.

Goldcrop Premium Lawn Seed

Goldcrop Premium Lawn Seed is a popular mixture, hard-wearing and fast maturing, and contains specially blended quality amenity perennial ryegrass for exceptional wear tolerance, low maintenance lawn, giving excellent colour and uniform appearance.

The mixture also includes creeping red fescue helping bind the soil which creates a tight knitted turf. Pack sizes available, 5kg, 10kg and 20k. See

Scotts EverGreen Premium Plus

With Scotts EverGreen Premium Plus No Rake you don’t need to rake your lawn as the dead moss is eaten by naturally accruing bacteria. EverGreen No Rake is an organomineral-based, slow-release fertiliser for lawns. It helps prevent moss from regrowth and greens the grass in just 1 week. It will nourish a lawn with nutrients for 3 months.

Available from garden centres, distributed by: Whelehan Gardening,

Mo Bacter new pack

Photo: Gerry Daly / The Irish Garden.

Photo: The Irish Garden.

Viano, the manufacturer of Mo Bacter, moss remover has introduced a new branded bag for 2018. Mo Bacter moss remover has now been endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK. Following their assessment of the Viano production plant and their quality control standards, the RHS have endorsed Mo Bacter, the brand leading moss remover. Steven De Winne, the Commercial director for Viano, commented that the process for endorsement was very rigorous and difficult to achieve and they are very happy that Mo Bacter is now the only RHS endorsed granular moss removal product on the market. Biolime and Recovery, from Viano, are also endorsed by the RHS.

Orchid Fair

On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, a wide variety of orchids will be on display during the annual Orchid Fair, being held in the Teak House, National Botanic Gardens. This event is of interest to both beginner and accomplished growers and will provide an opportunity to source orchids, books and sundries. As part of the fair, there will be talks on growing orchids and a tour of the Glasnevin orchid collection.

‘Grow & Store’ from Gabriel Ash

A pioneering garden building featuring a blend of wood and glass with the innovative full length automatic ridge ventilation, the Grow & Store is the perfect blend of tradition and technology. Gabriel Ash is the only timber greenhouses endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and has a 10-year guarantee. Grow and Store is 9 feet wide and available in lengths from 6 feet and prices starting from € 3,900, excluding delivery, installation and VAT. For more details, 087-2306 128.

Carl Scarpa Prize

The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens is a study and focus campaign, organized by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, and dedicated every year, since 1990, to a place “particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values”. A book is curated and published both in Italian and English: relevant bibliography, cartography and iconography materials are collected, selected and displayed in a photography and documentary exhibition, then permanently made available, and a symbolic honour is bestowed in June at the Municipal Theatre, Treviso.

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