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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. Castle Grove House. Photo: Ireland's Blue Book.

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



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6 June 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:

Carlow Garden Festival

An exciting line-up featuring Sarah Price, creator of the London Olympic Gardens and Alan Gray, gardener at East Ruston Old Vicarage on July 27 opens the 2018 Carlow Garden Festival at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Co. Carlow.

Featuring 21 celebrated garden experts over 11 days, the festival offers something to interest everyone from novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs. The 2018 programme features an appealing mix of worldclass UK gardeners combined with the very best of Irish garden broadcasters, writers and new trailblazers in Irish horticulture and garden design. Great value accommodation breaks along with details of the festival programme can be found at or alternatively ring Carlow Tourism on 059-9130411 for further details.

Summer days out with Ireland’s Bluebook

Outdoor Sculpture Midsummer Launch at Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork, on June 21. Richie Scott, Artistic Alliance, will be launching the 5th Ballymaloe open-air sculptural exhibition on midsummer’s evening. The exhibition will be available to view until September and Richie Scott and Hazel Allen will be hosting 1-hour guided tours of the exhibition at 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer. For more information, please see or contact Ballymaloe directly on +353(0)21 465 2531

Celebrating the wonder. . .

To celebrate the new addition, the Garden of Meditation at the Japanese Gardens, Kildare, was officially opened recently by Her Excellency Mrs Mari Miyoshi the Japanese Ambassador. Prior to the opening ceremony, a talk on Japanese gardens was given by renowned landscape and garden designer Thomas Crummy. The evening was a huge success and celebrated Japanese culture and traditions. Guests were welcomed to view the Garden of Meditation and tour the magnificent Japanese Gardens.

Theatre on the lawn at Hilton Park

Hilton Park. Photo: Ireland's Blue Book.

Hilton Park. Photo: Ireland’s Blue Book.

Theatre on the Lawn at Hilton Park, Co. Monaghan, Sunday July 1. Hilton Park, Co. Monaghan, will be hosting a performance of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense & Sensibility’ in an Open-Air Theatre in their gardens. Join the Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Hilton Park, which dates back to 1734 and so is the perfect place for a production of ‘Sense & Sensibility’ and to be transported back in time. Gates open at 5.30pm. Performance 7pm. For more information, please see or contact Hilton Park on 047 56007.

Strawberry festival at Castle Grove Country House

Castle Grove Country House, Co. Donegal, will be hosting their 2nd Annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, July 7, 1pm–5pm. Situated on the shores of Lough Swilly. Tour Castle Grove’s walled gardens & strawberry beds, participate in cookery demonstrations and enjoy live music on the front lawn. Free admission. For more information, please see www. or contact call Castle Grove Country House directly on +353 (0)74 91 51118

Look out for Mo Bacter

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. Steven De Winne, the commercial director for Viano, has stated 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. Mo Bacter is available from National Agrochemical Distributors.

First Limerick Garden Festival launched

Limerick has a long history and a great passion for gardening whichis thriving all over the city and county. In appreciation of this, the first Limerick Garden Festival is taking place on Sunday, June 17, at the Milk Market. The festival will feature an impressive plant, garden and food market with 50 traders from all over Ireland, and all-day expert talks. More details from Facebook or

GroMór Initiative

GroMór ambassadors Sarah McGovern and Dermot O'Neill. Photo: GroMór.

GroMór ambassadors Sarah McGovern and Dermot O’Neill. Photo: GroMór.

The GroMór initiative by Retail Excellence Ireland in association with Bord Bia and nursery growers, is underway in 75 local garden centres and nurseries located across the country. These centres are available to offer free expert advice to people in all age groups, from novices and new homeowners to experienced gardeners. Also discover the health benefits associated with gardening or how to introduce the wonder of nature to children.

Buds and Blossoms

Buds and Blossoms is fast growing as one of the best garden events in the country, featuring many of the specialist nurseries in Ireland, and this year with the addition of two of the leading nurseries in Britain. Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers is one of the most prominent and controversial garden speakers, and is sure to entertain. Paul Smith is Irish, but is now head of propagation at the worldfamous Welsh nursery Crug Farm Plants. Paul will be speaking about Crug’s Chelsea Flower Show entry for 2018, from initial concept through to its realisation as a Chelsea nursery stand.

Woodville Rose Talk

On Saturday June 16, Assumpta Broomfield will give an illustrated talk on roses at 2 pm, at Woodville Walled Garden, Kilchreest, Loughrea, Co. Galway. The title of her talk is Scenting and Searching the Rose. This extraordinary talk covers the importance of the rose in art, politics and religion, with tales of eccentric women, anecdotes about great explorers and collectors. An event not to be missed. Afterwards, there’s a guided tour of the garden by the head gardener Marie. For further details, contact Margarita at 0879069191. Booking essential.

Tadgh Furlong for Stiga

Stiga brand ambassador, Tadhg Furlong. Photo: O'Hea PR.

Stiga brand ambassador, Tadhg Furlong. Photo: O’Hea PR.

Doyle’s Wholesale, importers and distributors of quality garden, construction and outdoor power equipment have chosen Tadgh Furlong as their brand ambassador for Stiga. Headquartered in Italy, Stiga is Europe’s leading manufacturer of rear collection and mulching tractor lawnmowers and garden power equipment. For over 80 years Stiga has been at the leading edge of design and innovation with equipment designed specifically for European and Irish conditions. Tadgh is no stranger to the outdoor life coming from a farming family in Campile, Co. Wexford.

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