Just dropping you a note about developments in the garden ...
TREE PRUNING AND GRAFTING
Remember that we are running our annual Tree Grafting Workshops again this year. We have been remarkably successful with our grafted trees and they are a wonderful boost and contribution to our beautiful Heritage Orchard.
Brian Harty is going to give a pruning demonstration on Friday 12th February between 2-4pm when the garden is open. We’ll do a mixture of pruning and grafting on Saturday 13th and on Valentines Day, Sunday 14th we’ll be doing grafting. The garden is open between 11-1pm on the weekend.
Some members have asked us to organise some root stock (for which they will pay) so they can bring their grafted trees home. And we’ll also be grafting trees for the garden and orchard. So if you’re interested in participating please come along and bring secateurs if you can! If you miss this one we may run another in late March so will keep you posted. Thanks to Brian for organising this.
As you may remember we received some funding from FCC and LA 21 towards our Wildlife Area and this is going to be one of our BIG projects for the year ahead. Martin has consulted with many of you and has drawn up a wonderful plan which I hope you will all be as excited about as we are. See the attached pdf to give you an idea of developments.
We hope to start work on this within the next month and although as you will see, it's an ambitious plan and a large plot to develop it's also going to be a really fantastic addition to our garden and give us all a wonderful opportunity not only to utilise a huge range of skillsets (and we are so lucky with our versatile and talented gardening members!), but also to inspire and educate visitors and gardeners alike to the benefits of fostering a little 'wild spot' in us all.
We hope to have a big push on this sometime after Easter and we'll be doing a call out then to all our members to come along for the day and help really get this project off to a great start. We'll fire up the bbq and organise a spot of lunch as well for all of those who can come along.
BITS AND BOBS
Remember that the Garden is one of Tesco Omni's community projects so if you're shopping there please consider donating your blue tokens to our cause.
Big shout out to Jim McManus who has done a full inventory of our beautiful orchard. We are delighted to report that we now hold a nearly complete Irish Heritage Variety Apple Collection (one of only 4 in the entire country) and are hoping to have 'the full set' soon. We're only missing a handful of varieties now and hope to source these soon. A real achievement and a labour of love both in the research and the ongoing upkeep. Thanks to all our fantastic orchard minders.
If you're interested in being a Bloom volunteer they are looking for stewards to volunteer now. See the attached link if you're interested in taking part: www.bordbia.ie/BloomVolunteers
Bloom runs from Thursday 2nd - Monday 6th June this year in the Phoenix Park and is a great day out. Volunteers don't get paid but you get a very snazzy t-shirt and two free tickets to the show. Plus it's a great experience to be part of.
We will have more news for you soon - including dates for the Wildlife Area Kick Off day and I'll be in touch with all that as soon as it's confirmed.
Thanks again and Happy Gardening!
Donna and the SCG Committee