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Stratford on Slaney is Buzzing with Bees!

The participants of my Baltinglass ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ classes decided to join forces on Earth Day, April 22nd and plant for the local bees and butterflies. All around the country positive action of pollinators are happening and this one will add to the network. A choice of perennial herbaceous plants, herbs and a few ground cover shrubs were chosen based on the flowering season, and colours bees and butterflies like. …Read More

Gardening for Biodiversity lands at Raheen, Clonroche Co Wexford

So glad to be continuing this successful project with the help of Wexford County Council’s Local Agenda 21 grant and the support of Raheen Family Resource Centre. At a time when gardeners and community groups are gearing up for another year of planting, weeding and composting, I hope to add a few layers of advice and guidance to their gardening ways. I’m repeating the same topics covering Trees for Wildlife …Read More

Wildlife and Nature Gardening – A European Perspective

Wildlife Gardening Forum based in the UK are holding a conference this November (www.wlgf.org). Through the Irish Wildlife Trust here in Ireland, I was asked if I’d be interested in sharing my thoughts and experiences from an Irish perspective! Building on from my successful ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ talks I’ll be sharing what I know about #peatfree gardening. Coming from Ireland, where our bogs are still being used to feed Irish, …Read More

Biodiversity Gardening at Colclough Walled Garden, Tintern Abbey

I am very please to announce this latest event in my themed ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ talks and workshops. I had the pleasure of being invited by Colclough Walled Garden management to give a guided walk & talk using Colclough Walled Garden and Tintern Abbey’s very special natural environment as an outdoor classroom. (June 25th 2pm in Colclough Walled Garden, near Saltmills, Sth Wexford). What can we as gardeners and horticulturists …Read More

Rolling Out “Gardening for Biodiversity’ like a sod of turf grass!

Following on from my recent (March 2016) successful ‘Gardening for Biodiversity‘ informal talks in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, I am rolling them out on a regional basis into Wexford, Carlow and the rest of Wicklow. Indeed I was invited by Monaseed Community Group in North Wexford to give a condensed version covering gardening for pollinators, wildflower gardening and trees for wildlife. This was held during Ireland’s Biodiversity Week (May 2016). I …Read More

Easter Rising Commemoration for the Civilians

Tinahely Remembers the Civilians Who Died During The Easter Rising Last weekend I completed working closely with Tinahely’s Tidy Town’s and community on a very special but simple and evocative Easter Rising commemoration project for the civilians who died. Having worked in the horticultural and floristry background in the past, I have had close contact with helping family and friends celebrate and remember their loved ones’ lives and passings through …Read More

Moving towards sustainable gardening

With the help of Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund through Wicklow County Council, I am delivering a range of talks and workshops. These are aimed at gardeners and community groups to give them the knowledge, skills and tools to help them make a difference. In the past gardeners, horticulturists and all green fingered people (and I include myself) have a lot to answer for with the use of unsustainable …Read More