We have two outings this summer with places still available
Weds. pm, 19th June
Guided tour of the National Botanic Garden’s vegetable garden. Emphasis on growing unusual vegetables and growing organically. Coach Transport: Meet at Howth Dart Station at 1.30pm. €15.00.
Sat. 27th July
Members full day outing to Laois including visit to Arthur Shackleton’s garden Fruitlawn.
If you would like to go to any of these outings please contact us using the contact us page
Thanks to all who attended our Spring Show in St. Nessan’s School, Baldoyle. Congratulations to all exhibitors and thanks to the organisers and St. Nessan’s school, always a great venue. Despite the late spring, our show was full of beautiful blooms and inspiration for a floral summer.
Spring Show and PLANT SALE
Saturday 13th April 2013
2.30 to 4.30 pm
PLANT CLINIC – Advice, Q & A Session (3 – 4 pm)
TEA/COFFEE & HOMEMADE CAKES
St Nessan’s Community School,
off Warrenhouse Road, Baldoyle
For guidlines on how to exhibit at upcoming shows check out our new page
By David Jeffrey
March 6th 2013. A talk by Jimi Blake held in Howth Yacht Club.
Hunting Brook Garden has been developed by Jimmi Blake from oak wood and former meadow over the last decade. The site is 1,000 ft. up, on acid soil in Co. Wicklow and known to some members.
He chose to talk about the herbaceous border schemes located in open ground adjacent to his house. Although designed on a comparatively grand scale, many of his ideas may be applied to a suburban situation. A key idea is the repeated use of conspicuous signature plants in a border to provide rhythm and linkage. Having selected a palette of colour and texture for a scheme, he generated the overall design directly on the ground by placing and rearranging plants before planting. He spoke a great deal about selected individual plants, emphasising that continuous trial and error plays a part in selecting those that suit your taste and garden environment. His slides were well labelled and facilitated many members to compile lists of modern improved varieties of much loved border plants.
This talk proved very popular and attracted an excellent turnout of members and their friend. Jimi brought along some plants and seeds for sale. If you were not present you missed a treat!
The Contemporary Mixed Border
A talk by Jimi Blake
Weds 6th March, 8.00pm
Howth Yacht Club
Members free. Non-members €5
(FREE PLANT EXCHANGE: bring a plant to swap with someone on the night)
The AGM was held on Wednesday, Feb 6th in Howth Yacht Club.
The minutes of the 2012 AGM, the 2012 committee report and the treasurer’s report were read, proposed and seconded.
Maire Gorman was elected the new President. She took over from Janet Jeffrey at the termination of her 3 year stint.
Janet Jeffrey and Mary Stanley retired from the committee and were duly thanked. Maire Gorman, Lorna Hopkins, Helen Walsh, Rose Sevastopulo, Margaret Freyne, Pauline Gavin and Brigid McCaffrey were re elected. 3 new committee members – Ann Campbell, June Ryan and Francis Marr were welcomed onto the committee.
An active discussion concerning the future direction of the Society followed. It was decided that a subcommittee be formed to organise the 2 shows. (proposer George Sevastopulo) A second proposal to research the various methods of running similar organisations worldwide was also passed (proposer Conall O’Caoimh)
After refreshments there followed a talk by Joe Curtis ‘Wildlife in the Garden’. Joe structured his talk around an extensive series of his wonderful photographs. He concentrated mainly on birds in his own garden in N. County Dublin, emphasising the various ways he attracts such a wide array – from the seed and insect eaters, water fowl and raptors. He strayed a little further afield to the coast and offshore islands to habitats of sea birds. Amphibians and mammals featured to a lesser degree.
To find out about our next event and see our full list of lectures go to our events page in the top menu.
AGM 7:30pm Howth Yacht Club
Wednesday 6th February
Followed by a talk on garden birds by Joe Curtis