Events for 2013!

Waterford Institute of Technology:
Organizer: Cara Daly
Tel: 051 302076
1. Eco Plant tour
Get to know the plants on your own doorstep! Team up with experienced and knowledgeable local ecological tour guides and scientists who will show you the wonder and diversity of our native plants in a range of habitats. Please bring rain gear and wear sturdy walking shoes. 

Date: May 18th
Time: 3–5 pm
Venue:  Tramore strand and sand dunes. Meet at the lifeguard hut on the prom. 
Cost: Free
Places: 20
Adults and children welcome!

2. Botanical drawing and macrophotography of flowers class.
Learn the principals of botanical drawing and macro-photography of flowers from experienced artists and photographers. Artists materials and flowers will be provided but photographers should bring their own camera equipment.

Date: May 18th
Time: 11–2 pm
Venue:  Waterford Institute of Technology.
Cost: Free
Places: 20
Aimed at adults and children, beginner or intermediate level. 

Trinity College Dublin:
Organizer: Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research; MSc Biodiversity and Conservation students
Facebook page:

1. Campus Bioblitz
In conjunction with the International Day of Biodiversity the MSc students at the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity are carrying out a campus bioblitz. See Facebook page for more details.  

Date: May 22nd 

Organizer: Burrenbeo/Aine Bird
Tel: +353 (0)91 638 096
1. 'Aren't plants fascinating? Fun for children with their Mums and Dads' 
Burrenbeo are holding this Fascination of Plants day event in conjunction with this year's Burren in Bloom festival (May 4th–June 2nd) The event will be a mixture of games and activities introducing children to the fascinating plant world.  
Date: May 18th
Time: 11 am
Venue: Meeting at the Doolin Coastguard Station car park
For more details: contact Burrenbeo

Ashtree Garden Centre:
Organizer: Mandy Ellis
Tel: +353 (0)74 972 2303
1. 'Create great first impressions with bedding plants' 
Kenny Crawford who owns Cloon Nursery based in Castlederg, Co. Tyrone, specialists in growing bedding plants, will give the first of a series of talks by Irish Growers. 
Date: May 18th
Time: 2 pm
Venue: Ashtree Garden Centre, Drumstevlin, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

Cois na hAbhann Garden Centre
Organizer: Siobhan Nolan
1. Question and Answer session on problem plants with Gerry Daly
 Gerry Daly is coming to Cois na hAbhann Garden Centre in Camolin, Co. Wexford for a questions and answer session on plants. The event is open to the public and we would encourage anyone with problem plants to bring them along on the day for helpful hints.
Date: May 18th
Time: 2–3 pm
Venue: Cois na hAbhann Garden Centre, Camolin, Co. Wexford

National University of Ireland, Galway:
Organizer: Dr Zoë A. Popper

1. Fascinating Flora National Photograph competition 

Submission Date: May 10th
Eligible photos:
  • Plants (including mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and flowering plants), seaweeds and other algae
  • May be of alien, non-native, naturalised, or native plant species and may be taken in Ireland or abroad
  • May be of the whole or part of the plant e.g. flowers, cones, seeds, fruits, berries, leaves, bark, etc 
Categories are based on age group:
  • (1) 0-9 years
  •  (2) 10-18 years
  • (3) 18+ years
  • If you enter within category 1 or 2 you must include your date of birth with your submission
  • There will be a winner and a runner up in each of the 3 categories. 
  • Prizes are tickets to Bloom  
  • E-mail a maximum of 2 photographs per entrant to 
  • Include 'Plant Photo' as the e-mail subject
  • Include image title(s), your contact details, and date of birth (if under 18) 
  • Deadline May 10th 2013
Sponsors include: Bord Bia, School of Natural Sciences (NUI Galway), Botany and Plant Science (NUI Galway), Algal BioSciences (NUI Galway). 

2. Children's art workshop with Gordon D'Arcy.

Gordon D’Arcy will conduct a participatory art workshop based on plants, nature and their connectedness for the Fascination of Plants Day. Gordon D’Arcy ( is an environmentalist working in art and illustration, writing, education, fieldwork and consultancy. He holds a Masers in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin and has been working as a freelance environmental artist, author and educator since 1985. He  has visited hundreds of primary schools teaching nature through art and publishedNarture’, a nature art manual for teachers and parents, in 2010.

Date: May 18th
Time: 2 pm
Venue:  SC200 (1st year Biology teaching lab), Arts/Science concourse, NUI Galway (see
Places: 35 (allocated on a first come, first served basis)
Aimed at children (8–11 years old). Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Bring: your own drawing materials (pens, pencils, paper)
Booking: E-mail with 'Art workshop' as the subject title

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