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Fancroft Mill & Gardens will be the venue for an evening of chamber music and poetry on Saturday 21, 2014. All proceeds will be contributed to the restoration fund for Lockeen, Church of Ireland, Co. Tipperary with its lovely stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke Studio. The Delmaine String Quartet will play music by Hayden and Dvorak, interwoven with the poetry of F.R. Higgins read by actor Michael James Ford. The gardens will open from 6pm giving all those with confirmed reservations for the performance an opportunity to ramble at their leisure. Limited spaces. Booking essential. Tickets €25. Concessions & Group Rate €10. Email or phone for your reservations Tel: 0505 31484

As their contribution to Heritage Week 2012, Marcus & Irene Sweeney will host a seminar on the Quaker Heritage of Fancroft Mill from 2-6pm on Saturday 25th August. Numbers will be limited to allow for a guided tour, so booking is essential. There is no charge for attendance.  See for details.

Fancroft Mill & Gardens and Tea Rooms will open on Sunday 10th June in aid of the North Tipperary Hospice Movement. Guided tours of the restored mill will be available, but must be booked in advance by contacting Fancroft Mill & Gardens directly. See its dedicated page on

An open day and tea party will be held on 17th June 2012 in Curraquill Garden on the Lough Derg Garden Trail. All proceeds will go to the Nenagh branch of the North Tipperary Hospice Movement

Castletown Glebe Garden has joined the Lough Derg Garden Trail. This former rectory garden is bounded by a stream and enjoys lovely views of the Shannon’s Lough Derg. More details are available on

Fancroft fundraises for Irish Cancer Society

Bellefield Garden in Shinrone, which is between Roscrea and Birr, will be holding its annual Spring Plant Fair this Saturday 3rd March. Admission is 5 euro and entitles you to view the 2-acre garden, which has been lovingly restored by garden architect Angela Jupe. You will of course be able to browse one of the many stalls, where specialist nurseries will be selling unusual plants. There will be a number of horticultural talks. Parking is free.

Hellebores are hardy, winter flowering plants, which are a great addition to any garden. Furthermore they are not appetizing to rabbits, so they are a good option for country gardens. I planted hellebores in a wooded area of my garden between rhododenron shrubs. I bought this pink hellebore at a specialist nursery called Field of Blooms last year. If you can find a nursery that stocks hellebores, buy some!!

Just because winter is still upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, doesn’t mean that the garden must be a gloomy place. White winter-flowering plants like these hellebores and snowdrops provide a flash of colour in dormant flower beds.

Dear Santa, please bring me this water butt from Rain Catchers. It would help me to conserve water by collecting rainwater from my roof via an existing drainpipe and using the rainwater to water my plants. The Rain Catchers products are made from recycled plastic and come with a 5 year guarantee. More information is available on