■ Join Ballincollig Flower & Garden club members at a Coffee Morning hosted by Mary and Eamonn Hegarty at their garden at Vicarstown, Co Cork on Monday 12th June from 10am-12pm and in the evening from 6.30-8.30pm. Supporting Marymount Hospice and Cancer Research Ireland. Coffee and tea will be provided along with cake and plant sales and raffles; €5 entry. Follow Coffee Morning signs from Cloghroe Church and Tower Cross.
■ Cork Nature Network will hold a woodland walk at Glengarriff Nature Reserve with NPWS ranger Clare Heardman. This is a unique opportunity to learn from an expert. Come and find out about this beautiful researve and the importance of wildlife protection. All ages and levels welcome. All events are free. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
■ Blarney and District Garden and Flower Club will have a summer visit to Hester Forde’s garden at Glounthaune on June 15. Members only.
■ A table quiz will be held at 8pm on Monday, June 12 at at O’donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty for GIY Clonakilty and Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers to fund covering the polydome in the Clonakilty Community Garden, and to add seats and garden beds inside so that gatherings can happen whatever the weather.€5 per entry, 4 people per table.prizes and cake. Come along and support your local community garden
■ An Open Garden at the home of Frank and Kitty Tanner, Raheen, Newcestown Co Cork (near Michael Collins monument at Beal na Blath) will be held on Sunday, July 2 from12 to 6pm; refreshments served. In aid of Irish Community Air Ambulance: saving time=saving lives. Call 086 -8305704 for directions.
■ Ireland’s oldest mail order garden retailer, Mr Middleton, won two gold medals this year at Bloom with a spring bulb display.. He featured the largest display of allium bulbs at Bloom this year and brought his gold medal total to 11 so far. Also on show were Thomas Querney’s tea plants which were launched in April of this year and have been a huge success with Irish gardeners. Native to southeast China, Camellia Sinensis, grows very well in gardens all over Ireland as the cool, damp conditions on the mountains in China are very similar to the cool, damp conditions we experience here, he says. The Mr Middleton site sells over 1,000 varieties of flower bulbs in its autumn range, including unique varieties of tulips and narcissi as well as native bluebells and the company has been in business for over 40 years. www.mrmiddleton.com.
■ Chapterhouse Theatre Company present Peter Pan in one of Ireland’s most stunning open-air venues — Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow on June 25. Enjoy an afternoon in Neverland at 1.30pm as JM Barrie’s timeless classic is brought to life in a brand new adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs. Little ones will enjoy meeting Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter on the far away magical island of Neverland. Performed in Powerscourt’s Walled Gardens this promises to be one of the most splendid afternoons of the open-air theatre season. Bring along a picnic and soak up the views. Ticket prices are from €16.00 and include entry to Powerscourt Gardens. To book visit www.powerscourt.com/events.