Kenmare And District Garden Club

Thursday, 26 March was the Club’s AGM and was reasonably well attended. We got the business out of the way first and there have been a few changes to the Committee: Chairman: Neal Cahill; Secretary: Geraldine Johnston; Treasurer: Coral Knowles; PR: Rosemary Dixon and committee members Ros Green, Therese Hayes, Eva Kelleher and ex officio, Stephen Austen. Heartfelt thanks were given to the retiring Chairman, Stephen Austen and Treasurer, Anne Cronin for all their hard work over the past few years.
We were given a fascinating talk and slide show by Donnchadh Mac Carthaigh, a native of Kenmare who from a young age showed a tremendous interest in plants but went on to study science. He has worked for 40 years in Germany and is shortly off to head a university in Ethiopia. The subject of his talk was the “Rapidly Changing Markets in Horticulture of the European Union” and he held us spellbound as he described the vastness of the growing nurseries in Europe, particularly Germany and Holland. Everything is mechanised and produced in such huge quantities including the ‘ready-grown’ giant trees required these days in such projects as the London Olympics. Mind-boggling information!
Our first trip will be on Thursday 7th May to Muckross Park for lunch and a tour of the gardens and this will be instead of a speaker in the evening. Final information will be available on Monday, 27th April. Details were given of the overnight trip to Mount Usher and Airfield Gardens plus at least one nursery on 13/14 May. If anyone is interested in these trips, please contact Geraldine on 0863935965 but further details will be available at the next meeting at Gateway, 7.30 p.m. on MONDAY, 27 April when Sally Gregson, a designer/writer and owner of Mill Cottage Nursery in Somerset, U.K. will be coming to speak about “Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels” which sounds fascinating! She will be bringing plants for sale too. Please note the change of day.

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