We are interested in the growing, propagation and conservation of alpine, rock garden and woodland plants, small hardy herbaceous plants, hardy and half-hardy bulbs, hardy ferns and small shrubs. Anyone can grow these diminutive beauties and with the trend towards smaller plots they are ideal for the modern garden - they can even be grown in a window box.
After a very busy January and February we have time to draw breath before the Local Show, on March 14th at St Brigid's. As well as the show, and the plant sales, Gavin Moore will be advising us on preparing for the Main Show, and demonstrating how the plants he bought last year with a view to exhibiting are coming along. There will also be a raffle for a limited number of places to go on a visit to Brian Woods' garden in the summer.
Later that week, on Thursday the 19th March, we have Seamus O’Brien talking to us on ‘In the shadow of mighty Kangchenjunga – a botanical expedition to the Bhutan and Sikkim Himalaya'. That's at 8 pm, at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.
The full Programme for 2015 is here.
If you've been hibernating for the winter, you'll have missed a lot: between Martin Walsh's wonderful talk on ‘Chinese and Himalayan plants for the Irish garden’, Bernard Giessen's thought-provoking workshop on photography at the AGM, George Sevastopulo's entertaining review of the Postcard Garden at Bloom, and a (by all accounts) enjoyable trip to see snowdrops in Emer Gallagher's and Eileen Collins' gardens in Cellbridge, we had a lot going on.
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The 2015 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Here is the humble Eranthis hyemalis best known as the ‘winter aconite’. This small and cheerful heralder of spring seems to be doing particularly well this year! Photo: AnneMarie Keegan.