Ireland

National Coordinators
Cara Daly
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford
Fascination of Plants Day

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!

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May 18
May 18
10:00
16:00
Introduction to Botanical Keys (in conjunction with BSBI, ETHOS and Westmeath County Council) – SOLD OUT
Introduction to Botanical Keys (in conjunction with BSBI, ETHOS and Westmeath County Council) - SOLD OUT
The Barn, Main Street, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath, N91 YDW3 , Ireland
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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’.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national organisation for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity. Biodiversity data are a key requirement for understanding our natural surroundings, for tracking change in our environment and for gaining a greater insight on how we benefit from, and impact upon, the ecosystem goods and services provided by biological diversity; a national asset which contributes at least €2.6 billion to the Irish economy each year. The Data Centre was established by the Heritage Council in 2007 and is funded by the Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Centre is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics Limited, an information and location technologies company focused on applications in natural resources and planning.
National Biodiversity Data Centre Beechfield House WIT West Campus Carriganore Co. Waterford
http://www.biodiversityireland.ie
Ben Malone
[email protected]
May 18
May 18
10:00
16:00
How Food Grows with Michael Kelly of GIY – €65
How Food Grows with Michael Kelly - €65
GROW HQ, Ardkeen, Waterford.
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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:

1.EAT Whole foods
2.Follow the Seasons
3.EAT Organic
4.EAT local or homegrown
5.LOVE your Food

“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.

 

Grow It Yourself (GIY)
Food Education Centre, GROW HQ, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford City
https://shop.giy.ie/
Register at the link above
[email protected]
May 18
May 18
11:00
12:00
Gardening for Pollinators: All things buzzing and beautiful!
Gardening for Pollinators: All things buzzing and beautiful!
WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford City
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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.

Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus, Cork Road,
Yvonne Grace
[email protected]
May 12
May 12
10:00
16:00
SOLD OUT – Identifying Ireland’s pollinators (in conjunction with Dublin City Council Parks and Landscape Services)
SOLD OUT - Identifying Ireland's pollinators (in conjunction with Dublin City Council Parks and Landscape Services)
The Red Stables Market, St. Anne's Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3, D03 X0C3 , Ireland
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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 National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national organisation for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity. Biodiversity data are a key requirement for understanding our natural surroundings, for tracking change in our environment and for gaining a greater insight on how we benefit from, and impact upon, the ecosystem goods and services provided by biological diversity; a national asset which contributes at least €2.6 billion to the Irish economy each year. The Data Centre was established by the Heritage Council in 2007 and is funded by the Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Centre is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics Limited, an information and location technologies company focused on applications in natural resources and planning.
National Biodiversity Data Centre Beechfield House WIT West Campus Carriganore Co. Waterford
http://www.biodiversityireland.ie
Úna FitzPatrick
May 04
May 12
12:00
16:00
Rhododendron Week at JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford – FREE Guided Walks
Rhododendron Week at JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford
JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford
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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.

OPW - JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum
Ballysop New Ross Co. Wexford Y34 KA48
http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/
Kevin or Mary
[email protected]
May 12
May 12
10:00
12:00
Junior Growing Club @ Grow HQ Waterford – €20
Junior Growing Club @ Grow HQ Waterford - €20
GROW HQ, Ardkeen, Waterford.
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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.

Grow It Yourself (GIY)
Food Education Centre, GROW HQ, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford City
https://shop.giy.ie/
Register at the link above
[email protected]
May 11
May 11
10:00
16:00
Introduction to Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practice @ Brigit’s Garden, Galway – €115
Introduction to Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practice @ Brigit's Garden, Galway - €115
Brigit's Garden, Pollagh, Rosscahill, Co. Galway
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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.

Course is delivered by Thrive in conjunction with GIY

Suitable for:

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.

Grow It Yourself (GIY) and Thrive
Food Education Centre, GROW HQ, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford City
https://shop.giy.ie/
Please register at the link provided
[email protected]
May 10
May 10
10:30
16:00
FREE – Seamus O’Brien (OPW) and Neil Porteous (National Trust) – Morning Talks and Afternoon Tour of Rhododendron collection in JFK Arboretum
FREE - Seamus O'Brien (OPW) and Neil Porteous (National Trust) - Morning Talks and Afternoon Tour of Rhododendron collection in JFK Arboretum
JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford
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guidedtour presentation seminar

As part of this year’s Rhododendron Week the JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum are delighted to host a joint event with the RHS Rhododendron Camellia & Magnolia Group group on Friday 10th May 2019.

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]).

OPW - JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum
Ballysop New Ross Co. Wexford Y34 KA48
http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/
Kevin or Mary
[email protected]
May 01
May 01
12:00
13:30
Highlight Tour at JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford – FREE Guided Walk
Highlight Tour at JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford - FREE Guided Walk
JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Co. Wexford
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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.

Free tour.

Outdoor clothing/footwear advised.

No need to book, just turn up and join in.

OPW - JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum
Ballysop New Ross Co. Wexford Y34 KA48
http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/
Kevin or Mary
[email protected]