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Urban Living In Dublin City

Urban Living, Animating Our Civic spaces12pm to 6pm, [This] Sunday 26th JuneWolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, Dublin

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For the last few years I’ve been involved with a gig called ‘Urban Garden’. In short, it’s based somewhere in Dublin City Centre and the gist of it is… well, my take on it anyway, is that it’s about brightening up a specific part of Dublin City Centre and making it something even more beautiful.

The last year I did the gig, I made a recycled garden…. It started with this….

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But this year, I’m going back to how it all started doing some really easy garden demonstrations and chats to help you brighten up your little space outside…. the press release [below] has all the details and more on the day.

To my bit…. If you have a wee balcony, a window ledge or just one or three pots you like to call your garden…. or maybe you wish to pretty up your existing space…. If you are in the city, drop on by and say hello. Did I tell you it’s also free, all courtesy of Dublin City Council. Should be a bit of craic. Always is. I’ll look forward to seeing you 😀

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For the Ulysses fanatics who prefer their directions by Dublin pubs… it’s just at the back of The Church [the Pub version]. For the shopaholics, it’s the space just opposite the Jervis Street car park.

The Official Blurb

Dublin City Council, as part of their SUMMER IN DUBLIN programme of events and in association with Down To Earth Theatre Company are delighted to announce a FREE fun filled family event – URBAN LIVING on Sunday, June 26th , an interactive event which animates an urban space in the City Centre through performance and colour.

This vibrant event maximises the use of Wolfe Tone Park, a key Dublin City public space in the heart of the Capital by animating it and transforming the space into a creative hub where visitors can relax, learn and be entertained by an engaging programme of music, circus and gardening workshops.

Ireland’s top Circus performers JOHNNY ‘D JUGGLER and THE OTHER BROTHERS, walk in Circus workshops, stilt walkers, face painting and a 24 piece Barbershop Troupe – Blue Heaven will engage and entertain audiences young and old.

The innovative, award winning landscape gardener Peter Donegan will preside over gardening demonstrations, sharing his thoughts and ideas on how to get the best out of our urban spaces including using quirky recycled household objects!

Naturally Wild’s, Dale Treadwell engages with young people as he looks at the different wildlife that enter our urban habitats with his highly entertaining show LIFE IN YOUR OWN BACK GARDEN.

Market stalls, trading in hot and cold foods, delicacies and confectionary will also be in Wolfe Tone Park – so why not dine al fresco in the open air picnic area?

Urban Living will take over Wolfe Tone Park, Sunday 26th June from 12 – 6pm, a FREE event not to be missed! Urban Living is brought to you by Dublin City Council as part of their SUMMER IN DUBLIN programme of events.

For more information on URBAN LIVING please contact Grainne or Shane on 01 4089750, check out our web page www.dteinc.ie or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153440944725027 and for information on SUMMER IN DUBLIN check out the Dublin City Council website www.dublincity.ie

Urban Living, 12pm – 6pm, Sunday 26th June, Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, Dublin

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Fingal Libraries – Growing Your Own Garden Talks

After doing a series of garden talks some weeks ago with Fingal Libraries for local schools, I was asked once again to do another week long session of grow your own garden talks to the library members were all [except one] were done in the evening time.

The talks differed extremely from the more educational and behind the scenes that I did for the schools sessions. Instead I chose to do a more, how I grow my own in my home, to suit those with an average of 20 minutes per evening to spare.  I gave those attending an insight into what is considered best practise, but in reality not always practical, if at all possible. It was then a case of making it quite specific to each individuals size of space within which they wished to grow their own.

Credit were it’s due to the staff of all the libraries who were absolute gentlemen and ladies. From the most simplistic offering of a glass of water to being so friendly when the clock was rolling after the 7pm mark. It really did make my time there with them so much much enjoyable.

I’ve have done previous garden talks in the libraries of Balbriggan, Baldoyle and Malahide libraries. Blanchardstown library was new to me and sits on the peripherals of the [very large] shopping centre. I never knew one could go in read the most current of every magazine available. Take a peak next time you are nearby it is stunning inside. Swords library, although smaller has a great little childrens area and a brilliant range of garden books. It is also worth noting that they are free to use wi-fi buildings.

That aside I did regret not doing a little video of the view from the upstairs in Baldoyle library the last time I was talking there. I got it second time round.

More details on fingal libraries and the garden classes/ talks contact:

Siobhan Walshe
Development & PR Department
Fingal County Libraries
County Hall
Swords
01 8905532
www.fingalcoco.ie/Library

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Garden Talks @ The Oldbridge Country Fair


Over the May Bank Holiday weekend The Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge House will play host to it’s first Country Fair. Of greater relevance to gardeners or for that matter any [potential] garden enthusiast, is that the Saturday of the fair will see a series of garden related talks take place.

The Country Fair event in its entirety will run over the 3 days of Saturday, Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday 31st April – 2nd May. For that, you can find details on the Battle of the Boyne website. To all things gardening….

Taking place in the indoor marquee [Saturday 30th April] the garden talks are billed as follows:

  • 12.00 – 1.30 : Short Gardening Talks
  • 3.00 – 4.00 : Short Gardening Talks

The general idea of the garden talks is as such:

  • Each garden topic will be given 15 minutes each.
  • There will be no preachers pulpit or stage
  • There will be some seating available
  • Brian Greene of the Dublin City Fm’s The Sodshow will record the talks
  • The speakers names will be listed here closer to the day
  • Some speakers may come dressed as gardeners. I doubt that they will.

The talks topics are titled as follows:

  • Introduction to the garden talks
  • 2.4 Children. A House and a Car The 20 minute per week gardener
  • I’ve got a balcony and a window ledge. More than enough room to garden.
  • I’ve got a garden. I don’t have an allotment. More than enough room to grow my own.
  • It doesn’t matter the age or space as long as you enjoy gardening Gardening shouldnt be an expensive hobby

part 2 will run as such:

  • Just because it’s not bought in a shop – some call it rustic. I prefer to say I made it myself. Self made garden features.
  • Gardening can be expensive. Not when you have no money. Community gardening without any shoe string
  • I’d like to have some honey, but they might sting me. bee keeping for those that never have… but might like to
  • Hedge laying. it used to be only for farmers. it’s now got a fancy name thats great for biodiversity

Also: Dublin’s Garden radio Show, The SodShow Team, myself and Brian Greene will be there doing some interviews – come on over and say hello 😀

I’ve been to Brú na Bóinne many times before, most notably to most when The Garden Group visited there. It is a wonderful place. There are many other garden and outdoor related events billed over the course of the weekend that for me personally will make it quite difficult to pick just one day on which to come along.

More information on Oldbridge Country Fair:

  • Telephone: +353 (0) 41 980 9950
  • E-mail: battleoftheboyne@opw.ie
  • Address: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath.

I have listed the garden talks on Faceebook as an event:

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