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Garden Speaking: The RHS, Garden Talks Theatre, 2019

rhs talks theatre

I’ll be on The RHS Talks Theatre main stage Saturday 13th April at 3pm and again at 4pm.

The first talk will be my interviewing the very legendary BBC’s Terry Walton (update: pictured above in conversation) and the second will be hosting a discussion about The Perennial Garden I designed for this years RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019.

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Hello Ireland…..? It’s Getting Greener Online

In a world were some people wonder why I write a weblog…. two milestones [?] took place very recently.

First, Philip Voice of the Landscape Juice Network announced.

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Surprised ? It wouldn’t be the first time websites have been sponsored. I think it may just surprise to [some] of the green Irish…? Either or, in my opinion, we are kilometres miles behind.

The second…. The Royal Horticultural Society announce their first iPhone app. And guess what…? It is free. Why? My 2 cents…. traffic to the site and the next time they go to sell tickets how many more people will know….

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The last time I mentioned the oldest gardening fraternity in the world they were selling Chelsea Flower Show tickets online announced via twitter. That was back in 2008.

To those in the real world it may sound odd that this is news worthy but…. then of course there was this article to regarding Irish horticulture online.

The fact that an article called why I write a blog is one of the most read from my arsenal says something to me. That I still continue to have to explain it. In that same breath I also wonder why UK based companies [a few, not many, but some] have got in touch to seek an online agreement with me…. but yet not one Irish company sees the value in it….

Maybe the Irish version is better and it’s my green friends in the UK who have it all wrong…. 😉 What do you think…?

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garden design bible [book]

tim newbury garden design book

bible... ?

I bought this book last year… and to be very honest…. it has sat on the shelf for most of that time. No offence Tim Newbury. Sincerely. That said, it only cost €17.55 [only?!!] in hughes and hughes and I suppose that should [again, sincerely] be taken into consideration.

But I’m still puzzled on this one. For me the only horticultural bible I know of is the RHS encyclopedia of plants and with that in mind, the truth is… this is far from ‘a bible’.

It is a good book possibly, for my Mom or one of my four sisters [who would not be gardeners of any format by the way]. It is I might propose a good guide when considering ideas for your garden…. a kind of  a ‘I was thinking of something along those lines…’ kind of a guide….?

But, you may be disappointed, if you were looking for lots of pictures. In its favour, the illustrations and the explanations are good – but then against that…. there are only ’40 great off the peg designs’ to chose from.

A good gift, a decent book [and a very useful one too for the novice, maybe…],  but not the greatest investment I personally have ever made.

PS: Dear Mr Hughes and Mr Hughes,

I did email you some weeks ago… but to no response. you might consider an educated and experienced horticulturalist to review your books before they hit the shelves…

my rating: 2/5

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rhs chelsea flower show 2009

tickets are already on sale for RHS Chelsea flower show. How do I know? Well I follow them on twitter! The RHS are on twitter here and of course donegan landscaping is on twitter here.

rhs & donegan landscaping on twitter

it’s amazing to think that even an organisation like the rhs [on the go since 1804] is embracing technology and using it to its advantage.

And it’s also, maybe, something that Irish event organisers should consider? It is for sure a lot better than the days of old where email addresses meant an inbox full of daily deletions….

Bulaidh bós lads.

a horticultural bible

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I bought this book about 8 years ago now and at the time it cost about €100 [possibly púnts at the time?]. If botany and intricate plant studies are what turns one on… then this is your cup of tea. Do understand this is not Sunday afternoon reading. It is a referene book. A bible as such for the horticulturist. If you are newbie to the horticultural sector – I’m not suggesting that this is not for you, but your use of it may be extremely limited and for the price there may be other books of better value.

It comes in 2 volumes, it weighes a tonne, It’s pricy and it’s a plants-persons dictionary. That said, for my library, a gem and a must have.