■ One of the big events in the Munster calendar takes place this weekend — the Mallow Home and Garden Show. The show, which covers gardening and a lot more, runs from Friday to Sunday at Cork Racecourse Mallow.
■ An Open Garden event takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 12noon to 5pm, in the home of Liam and Anne O’callaghan, Briar Hill, Waterfall, (located just off the N71, near Rumley’s Farm), to raise funds for Ballygarvan Community Centre. Visitors are welcome to stroll around the extensive gardens and enjoy home baking and refreshments. Entrance by donation. For further enquiries call 0868226232.
■ Glenville Flower & Garden Club will host Maureen O’keeffe,floral artist, for a teaching night on Tuesday, May 30 in Kades Kounty at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
■ Cork Nature Network offers a whale watching event on the Old Head, Kinsale today at 11am. The event will be guided by Emer Keaveney, who will explain what to look for and which species can be seen from land. firstname.lastname@example.org
■ Cork Garden Club presents a talk by John Mcnamara, rose breeder on the topic: ‘Fragrant Summer Roses’ on June 8 in Nemo Rangers at 8pm.
■ Midleton Community Garden welcomes herbalist Vivienne Campbell on Saturday June 24 for a foraging walk to discover some of themedicinal and edible plants that grow around us. We will nibble as we go along, while Vivienne talks about the medicinal and nutritional properties of these plants. We’ll also try some samples that Vivienne has made in advance e.g. wild herbal cordial, wild food pesto and fresh salad. Cost: Adults: €30.00, children (under16 years free), but they must register in advance. Start: 10.30am to 3-3.30pm.
■ In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first light at Roche’s Point, Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance in association with the Commissioners of Irish Lights are pleased to announce that Roche’s Point Lighthouse will be open to the public on Sunday, June 4, for the first time in its history. Visitors will have access to the lighthouse compound where former keepers will be at hand to guide and inform. There will be controlled entry to the lighthouse balcony and several other viewing areas around the compound. There will also be information boards highlighting areas of interest in and around the site and an exhibition explaining the involvement of the US Navy in Cork Harbour during the First World War. This is a ticket only event. Tickets will not be for sale on the day or at the venue. Tickets are on sale online with three entry slots: 10:30 - 12:30; 12:30 - 14:30; 14:30 - 16:30.
■ Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will return to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 15 and 16. Entry to this family friendly festival is free of charge and runs over two days showcasing the best in international street performance, interactive family activities, delicious artisan producers and food from around the world, as well as a pet wellness area. Healthy heroes, The Happy Pear along with spandex-sporting comedy duo, Lords of Strut and this year’s festival ambassador, Dustin the Turkey will be on hand to entertain visitors.