Gardening expert to address Oranmore group

A gardening expert who has been gardening since he was seven will be the guest speaker at the third meeting of the Grow it Yourself Oranmore group on Thursday February 4 at Oranmore Library at 6.30pm.

The title of Ciaran Burke’s talk will be “Planning the Vegetable Garden for the Coming Growing Season”.

A graduate of the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, he runs the Garden School which provides courses for RHS qualifications through home study and classes in Galway. Mr Burke is a keen plantsman, enthusiastic gardener and photographer. He writes for a number of magazines including The Irish Garden and Organic Matters. He also has a blog which can be viewed at

GIY networks aim to take the self out of self- sufficiency by getting back-garden growers together on a regular basis to talk, learn from each other and exchange tips, explains a spokesperson for the organisation.

“The meetings are free and open to people interested in food growing at all levels, ie, from growing a few herbs on the balcony to complete self-sufficiency, from beginners to old hands. Hundreds of people are involved in existing GIY groups around Ireland and activities include talks on specific food-growing topics, garden visits, seed swaps, produce bartering, mentor panels and the return of the meitheal (where growers get together in one another’s gardens to carry out some growing related task ).

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