Friday, February 12, 2010

The village Green Garden Club Notes

At the November Club night our guest speaker was Billy Moore from the Alpine Garden Society of Ireland. Billy has travelled extensively throughout the world studying, lecturing and searching for Alpines. Billy brought us on a tour of Turkey and its vast range of wonderful plants. We travelled with him from the eastern city of Trabzon on the coast of the Black Sea exploring the wonderful landscape and its flora. We then moved to the interior, down through the mountains to Sivas, where some of the rarest of all Alpines such as the orchid Epipactis veratrifolia, and the Phynchocoris stricta, an even rarer plant are found. Their whereabouts is a closely guarded secret amongst the plant people population. Members of the club went home with a list of plants all native of Turkey, most of which can be grown very successfully in this climate. Many of these plants are closely related to our own native species found in the Burren. The next Club night is on Dec 17th 2009 when our guest speaker will be Enda Carmody from Mimosa Flowers in Blessington. This demonstration will take place upstairs in the Ballymore Inn commencing at Happy Christmas to all our club members past and present. As usual, there will be no Club night in January 2010. The next Club night will be on Thursday 25th Feb 2010. New members welcome
THANK YOU!!The Memorial Concert for Hughie Byrne, late of "Wellfield",
which was held in the Ardenode Country House Hotel
on 3rd December was a huge success!
At time of going to print, we have raised over €20,000 for "Aware"
- far exceeding our wildest expectations.
- We couldn't have done it without the tremendous support of our neighbours and friends and all those who helped sell tickets and who donated wonderful raffle prizes.
Please accept this ad as a token of our eternal gratitude,
and we wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas.Mairead MasonTom ByrneEllie Dundon

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