The fifth international “Fascination of Plants Day” will be launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).
The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!
ABOUT THE EVENT
Workshop Leader: Richard McMullen
Venue: The Barn, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath
Date: Saturday, 18th May
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Audience: improving botanists
Fee: €30 standard; €20 student
When one becomes familiar with a relatively small number of botanical structures it is possible, by using botanical keys, to identify any wild or naturalised flowering plant in Ireland. This workshop will introduce you to these structures and we will then use this knowledge to key out an array of wild plants using the 8th edition of Webb’s ‘An Irish Flora’.
Interested in growing some food yourself, or just curious about how the food you eat grows and where it comes from? Join GIY founder, best-selling author and presenter of RTE’s GROW COOK EAT Michael Kelly for a full day immersed in real food at the home of the GIY movement, GROW HQ in Waterford. This one-day course will strengthen your connection with and understanding of real food, take the mystery out of how food grows and immerse you in GIY’s ‘grow, cook, eat’ ethos.
Michael Kelly’s personal story is about the potential of food to change lives. A random moment with a bulb of imported Chinese garlic in a supermarket 15 years ago started him on a food growing journey that transformed his health and led him to leave his IT job and start the GIY movement. He grows food for a family of four on a windy acre in Dunmore East. His food ethos is simple, no-nonsense:
“I think one of the biggest challenges for our society is that we’ve lost our connection and understanding with food,” says Michael. “For me growing food is not about gardening, it’s about food. Pure and simple. I am obsessed with real food and what I love about growing it is that it has thought me so much about how food works and where it comes from. My food growing has made me a more informed and better consumer, made me healthier and happier.”
You don’t need ANY prior knowledge about growing food to come along. Nor do you need to be considering a massive life-change where you’ll be growing all your own food. You might not even have the space to grow a lot of food.
You will learn about how fruit, herbs and veg grow, how and when to sow a variety of seeds as well as the connection between your health and the health of the soil where your food comes from. Michael will demonstrate GROW HQ’s organic approach to keeping plants and soil healthy, managing slugs and other pests, and simple techniques to get the most veg from the smallest of spaces.
On the day you will get to sow seeds (and take home a newly-planted seed pot), tour the GROW HQ gardens with Mick and enjoy a delicious, award-winning, home-grown HQ lunch cooked by our award winning Head Chef JB Dubois. At the end of the day take home a variety of veg growing guides, and lots of other information to get you growing.
To book a place on this course visit this link. Please note, there are other dates in April and September also available – all details are at the link.
Learn about our bees and pollinators and how you can create a feast for them in your garden.
Join Yvonne Grace, Assistant Lecturer in Horticulture at Waterford Institute of Technology, for an interactive workshop.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Workshop Leader: Úna FitzPatrick
Venue: Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Co. Dublin
Date: Sunday, 12th May
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 (field work included)
Audience: Beginner to intermediate recorders
Fee: €30 standard; €20 student
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is intent on equipping recorders with the skills to help track change in our pollinator populations. Join us for this one-day workshop where you will learn the basics of how-to ID Ireland’s bumblebees, solitary bees and hoverflies, before taking and testing your newfound skills in the field.
The JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum are delighted to announce Rhododendron Week. This will begin on Saturday 4th May to Sunday 12th May 2019 incl.
Guided walks will take place throughout the week by the guide staff at Office of Public Works – OPW John F. Kennedy Arboretum highlighting the magnificent collection of Rhododendrons.
Free entry from 4th to 12th May. Free guided tours at 12 noon and 3pm daily.
No need to book.
Junior Growing Club
Ready, set, grow! Once a month the GROW HQ garden will be taken over by our Junior Growing Club. Our Garden Crew will be on hand to teach children all the essentials of GIYing, from planting to harvesting and plenty more in between. With all their new growing knowledge your kids will have no trouble caring for everything they take home.
May 12th Time for a bug hunt! Junior Growers will take to the HQ garden to learn about bees, butterflies, and biodiversity. We’ll even get artsy to help our pollinating friends
With limited places available, pre-booking is essential. Book online at this link, or call us with any questions on 051 584422.
Please note there are other dates available in June and September. More information at the link.
This course provides an introduction to Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) Practice. The role of the practitioner will be considered, along with approaches and processes central to STH practice within different settings. You will explore how the garden can be a source of activity and occupation appropriate to individual development and recovery. The day will enable you to begin to explore how to harness and maximise the potential therapeutic benefits of gardens and gardening.
Beginners, career changers and volunteers
What you will learn:
- An understanding of the generalised benefits of gardening as evidenced by research,
- Discover the key theories supporting gardens as therapeutic settings,
- Examples of practice within an STH setting which aim to engage, enable and empower,
- An insight into the role of an STH practitioner.
If you are a non-voluntary/ statutory organisation please contact us for booking.
Included in fee:
- All course materials
- Course hand-outs
- A light lunch and refreshment
Please register at this link.
Keynote speakers are: Seamus O’Brien, OPW National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh and Chairperson, RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group (Irish Branch) and
Neil Porteous, Head of Gardens Mount Stewart, National Trust.
Agenda for Friday 10th May 2019:
10.30am to 11.30am: Seamus O’Brien talk: Evolution of an 18th century Irish Estate.
12noon to 1pm: Neil Porteous talk: Rhododendrons at Mount Stewart.
2.00pm: Walking tour with both Seamus O’Brien and Neil Porteous in the John F. Kennedy Arboretum exploring the magnificent Rhododendron collection.
This is a free event, however booking is advisable (Tel: 051-388171 or [email protected]).
If you would like to learn more about the Arboretum, why not join a member of our guiding staff for our monthly Highlight Tour?
The tour starts at 12 noon at the Visitor Centre on the first Friday of every month (3rd of May, 2019) and lasts for approximately one hour.
The focus of the tour will be on items of seasonal interest and recent changes or areas of work.
Outdoor clothing/footwear advised.
No need to book, just turn up and join in.