The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.
Links From the blog:
- fruit trees – get some planted
- the garden group is to visit the battle of the boyne site this Sunday
- sad news: a response to Audoens Park from Dublin City Council – not sure how I feel about this – but they did get back to me. Thanks Séan.
Images from my Garden:
- Trees Photographed in Infrared – The coolest thing ever! Nice one Jerry James Stone – via @treehugger
- Shawna Coronado on teaching kids sustainable gardening
- This will get you thinking about plastic and packaging
- The Ireland Best In Season Calender – that whole strawberries in December thing ? I think I’ll pin this to the fridge
- via SiliconRepublic.com – Audi ask Irish car designers to submit their ideas on the car of the future. Students, researchers and scientists
- Via @ciarancuffe the solar powered bin arrives in Dún Laoghaire
Dates I Like
- The Kilkenny Arts Festival – 6 – 15th August – via Nick Mc Givney
- Saturday 3rd July – The Dublin Garden Squares Day – via Mulley
- The Dublin Mountain Plod ? july 18th – kevin rowe from Ballyboughal is doing it in support of the local GAA club.
Something Completely Different:
I got a text from my good friend Eugene Higgins, during the Greece v Argentina game. Asking what I was I doing playing a match on television. Apparently I look like Alexandros Tzorvas, their goalkeeper 😯 Darren always said I looked like Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand
And finally courtesy of Adland Ireland :
As you can see from the first image we had a lot of flowers on the cherry trees a few months ago…
Slight bit early maybe, I’m actually @donegangardens on twittter 😉
On a slightly different note… I went for a walk through Ballyboughal on Sunday and met these guys 😆 Great weather for the great outdoors.
Date: Sunday 27th June
Time: 11.30 am on location.
Details: Aisling Mc Mahon of the OPW & Site Manager for The Battle of the Boyne site [Drogheda] will give a personal guided tour to the group.
Numbers: limited to 18
Also: [update] this post on the boyne site
New To The Garden Group:
I recommend you read the garden group guide. The two previous trips were to Irelands Eye and the war memorial park. Dena Williams and her family The Garden Group was also featured in the Mail On Sunday recently.
Our Tour will include:
The Walled Garden and Tea Room 2008, this part is the only part that is fully open to the public at the moment. The layout of which is as per the 1808 and later OS maps.
However, by special arrangement, we have permission from the contractors who are currently on site restoring the outer walls, to access their site, subject to certain limits as there are health and safety concerns. We will also see the Octgaon which the group will be able to see pre- restoration.
And… On the day they visit we will also have living history displays taking place for free on the front lawn with people in period costumes firing muskets with gunpowder and doing cavlary displays.
- There will be no charge for the tour of the gardens.
- Anyone planning on bringing children should know that they must be supervised by a parent/ guardian at all times.
- We are not booked into the centre for a tour but can go in afterwards by buying a ticket and self guide. There are also numerous walks throughout the battle site and Oldbridge Estate that are self guiding and there are directional panels at various locations or one can pick up a free map from reception.
- There is also a Tea Room located in the Walled Garden.
- See website for further info www.battleoftheboyne.opw.ie
- Booking: via comment here only
- Contact me: see below. not a problem 😉
- Other: the train/ nor bus stops here. My suggestion is car pooling from Dublin City or Swords meeting point. Most of you know each other. Most people drive anyway. If you are stuck leave a comment it will be easily solved.
- Dress Code: advised to wear suitable footwear as all the walks are on grass, except the Boyne Canal towpath which adjoins the site and is surfaced with gravel.
- Duration: I conferred Aisling and 2.5 hours should see you well
- Weather: the weather…. your guess is as good as mine.
- Lunch: I had suggested bringing a picnic. That’s what I will be doing anyway. All things going good it’ll be a flask of coffee and some nice sambos!
- Anything else: leave a comment below or gimme a call.
- Directions: The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located on the South bank of the River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village. The site is sign-posted from the M1 (Dublin/Belfast), Exit 9, off N51 (Slane/Drogheda), Not Suitable for Coaches, and off N2 (Slane/Ashbourne). Also see google maps
- by email info[at]DoneganLandscaping[dot]com
- via this website: click the contact page
- call mobile – o876594688
Note of thanks: to Nic Reilly for putting me in touch and to Aisling McMahon for taking my call and arranging this for us.
Yesterday, Eugene Higgins of The Irish Mail On Sunday did a great Piece on The Garden Group with the tagline How a Bloom maverick is taking bloggers on tours of our ‘secret’ gardens and titled it A www.walk on the wild side
The main picture is of Dena [@curlydena], Mom Vena [@VenaW] and Dad Andrew Walker. [And to think I spent so long brushing my hair that day 😀 ] The other two images are courtesy Jennifer Farley Photography [@laughing_lion]. I’ve asked Eugene for the main text of the piece and will post it below as soon as I get it. For now…..
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