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Autumn Show 2017

What an amazing Autumn show on Saturday 2nd September 2017- fantastic varied exhibits of Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables, Home Baking, Art & Craft and much much more!  As always a phenomenal amount and variety of unusual and valuable plants for sale, and great bargains to be had at the book stall.  Delicious teas and home-made cakes, advice & expertise on all matters horticultural, and a great excitement as all areas of the community came together for a chat and a laugh.  Thanks to all our helpers, exhibitors and visitors!

Our Greatest Spring Show Ever!

Many many thanks to all who attended, organised, helped and exhibited at our Spring Show, probably the best attended ever.

The exhibits were excellent, especially the daffodils, and we had more exhibits in the cookery classes than ever before.

A great day had by all.

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Thank you to Gary Mentanko


There was a terrific turnout on Wednesday 1st March for Gary Mentanko’s talk on The Flora of Artic Canada and the audience was not disappointed.  Gary, who is Canadian, took us on a ‘trip’ to Manitoba and around the Hudson Bay in particular.  One or two people had murmured before the talk that nothing would grow up there.  As Gary began to describe the territory I wondered if in fact they were correct, semi arid land with ice fog that prunes the buds off the plants, shallow soil, strong bitter winds and frost with plenty of Polar Bears prowling around.  However we saw Dryas integrifolia, Pyrola grandiflora, Mertensia maritime (an edible plant), a white flowered Linum lewesia (not used to make linen), lots of Saxifrages and Orchids and Kalmia procumbens (the Artic Azalia) to name but a few.  But it was not just a talk about plants, Gary also spoke about the history of the area, the animal life, the diet of the indigenous people, and the ecology.  He finished with some wonderful pictures of the Mosquitos!!!

Next Lecture

Wednesday 1st March 

Howth Yacht Club 8pm

A lecture by Gary Mentanko of the National Botanic Gardens “The Flora of Arctic Canada”. Gary’s knowledge and pictures of an exciting flora with which most of us are not familiar, will fascinate us all!


Our AGM was very well attended this year, thank you to all who came along.

Thank you, also to Pat Thornton for his excellent talk on “Dahlia Growing for Gardens and Horticultural Shows”




Wednesday 1st February 

Howth Yacht Club 8pm

Followed by a talk by Pat Thornton on “Dahlia Growing for Gardens and Horticultural Shows” You may not be a Dahlia grower but this lecture will inspire you!

Next event

December 7

Christmas Floral Arrangements by our own Yvonne O’Neill – followed by supper (please bring a cake or savouries). Mulled wine, tea & coffee for all. “Christmas Ideas to try at Home”

Howth Yacht club 8pm

All talks and lectures in Howth Yacht Club @ 8pm Please contact Ann on 8394578 for more inormation. Further information will be available closer to each event