I was approached by two customers earlier this year on the advice of I.R.D Duhallow to assist them in the setting up of a flower and garden club in our local area. I was delighted to be involved as I am passionate about plants and saw this as an opportunity to become involved in a community project. It would have been easy to have become involved as The Secret Garden Centre and even hold the events in our new classroom facility however I felt it was important to ensure my involvement was as me and not as our garden centre. I did have my initial reservations about how successful we would be as Kanturk already has an established club and I wondered what numbers we may have attending.
After many evenings of coffee and preparation our first night took place with Charlie Wilkins being our speaker. We were all nervous about how it would turn out and whether we would be a group of five in a large hall. Amazingly the community really rallied round and we had over fifty people attend. Not all became members but a great start and the atmosphere was fantastic on the night
We have a great range of speakers for the rest of the year and I can only see this growing and including more members of the community. If you are interested our events are as follows
Wednesday 16th December 2009 8pm
from Gneeveguilla Garden Centre
Christmas Flower Arrangements.
A wonderful, festive evening, with mulled wine and mince pies.
Wednesday 17th February 2010 8pm
Dominick Cullinane – garden designer.
Wednesday 24th March 2010 8pm
Farm Manager from Nano Nagle
Growing vegetables organically. Practical tips and ideas for getting the season started.
Wednesday 21st April 2010 8pm
From Hillberry Garden Centre demonstrates a selection favourite spring plants, from the more well-known through to some unusual specimens.
Wednesday 19th May 2010 8pm
Horticulturalist from Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co Cork.
‘Spectacular Summer Colour’.
Full details to be announced.
It just goes to show with a little energy and imagination what can be acheived in a short period of time and may be we will see more flower and garden clubs coming together in and around Duhallow