Plein Air Oil Painting

Plein Air Oil Painting

25 August 2018

10am – 4pm

Orlagh Murphy

Orlagh Murphy is based in Co Cavan and started concentrating in 2010 on her studio practice after working freelance as an interior decorative artist in the US, Italy, Japan, UK and Ireland.  Orlagh now lives in a very rural area of Co Cavan and this has formed the basis for her work to date. The inspiration comes from an area of about 4-8sq kilometres comprising of farmland, river, lake and bogland which surround her home, she also produces work from Sligo, Mayo and West Cork always in a direct response to the seasons. book now

Ants in the Garden

Are Ants Bad for the Garden ?

Are ants in the garden bad?

The good and bad news about ants and plants. Just as a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place, insects in the wrong place are pests.

Ants play a very important role in the ecology of your garden for good and for not so good. …

Ants are predator and prey since they eat the eggs of many insects and serve as food for birds, lizards, and other beneficial. Their tunnels aerate the soil and allow water and nutrients to flow directly to the plant roots. They also distribute seeds by storing them in their tunnels.

The caterpillars of some butter­fly groups produce a sweet substance known as honey­dew to attract protectors. The ants “farm” the caterpillars, sometimes even carrying them into the ant nests to complete development. This interaction can add more butterflies and birds to your garden as they become attracted to the greater insect activity.

The bad news is that ants can protect honeydew-producing, sucking insects that do a great deal of damage, such as aphids — white, green and black fly also scale and mealybug, populations in the garden.

They actually will drag their eggs into their nests and protect them.

Wasps eat aphids. Aphids produce honeydew which ants love.

Controls of ants in your garden

Planting aromatic herbs around the perimeter of your home can also discourage ants. The added benefit is that other insects and vermin are also put off by the aroma. Any mint plant – mint needs to be planted in a container as it will become too common in your garden, also Tansy and Sage can also be effective repellents.

You can reduce their numbers by pouring boiling hot water on their nests. This technique will help you control population numbers at source.

Ants don’t like citrus. Squeeze a citrus fruit in the direction of your plant so that the juice spritzes out. This should help to repel the ants.

  • To make a more heavy-duty citrus repellent, boil the rinds of half a dozen oranges in water for fifteen minutes. Also, you could use citrus drops.
  • Blend the rinds and water in a food processor and pour the mixture around your plants.
  • Make your own soap solution with 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in 1 pint of warm water  or you could use washing up liquid diluted
  • Spray it on and around your plant. Soaps containing peppermint oil are particularly effective.

Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, chilli powder, coffee grounds, or dried mint tea leaves can be scattered around the base of the plant to deter ants too.

Spray the flying ants ( which are mature mating creatures) with dishwashing soap 

Diluted dishwashing soap is an effective agent against flying ants as it attaches to their bodies and dehydrates them.

Get yourself a spray bottle to catch the little creatures in flight and mix two generous squirts of dishwashing liquid with water. This is also effective on aphids on your plants. My mother would have used the water from the basin of washing up water to do this.

Using pesticides can damage beneficial insects and also the balance in your garden is really important to allow nature to do its job.

Botanical Plaster Casting Workshop Saturday 23 June

 

Botanical Plaster casting with Dee Crofts. Saturday 23 June 10 – 4 pm

    

We ran this workshop twice last summer and the response to not only learning and creating a unique piece of art was fantastic. Lunch is included in this workshop.

Again all materials are included. We ran this workshop last year and we had a fantastic day creating plaques and learning in a very social and enjoyable way.

June workshops

 

We learn through fun and it is an opportunity for friends to do something creative together as are all these workshops.

Botanical Mono Printing with Dee Crofts Saturday, June 9  10 – 1 pm 

This will be a unique experience allowing you to use nature as your inspiration to produce prints on fabric. All materials are included and you will not only learn, you will have a print to hold onto forevermore. This is a first time this workshop has been run and judging by others is a must.

 

Art in the Garden(drawing) with Mairead Byrne on Sunday 10 June from 10 -1 pm

Mairead is a talented artist and teacher and she will guide you on drawing technique while using the garden as your inspiration.

 

Arranging Garden Flowers with Sally Horn on Saturday 16 June (Blooms Day)

2-5pm.

Sally is an experienced artist in flowers. She will share her creative techniques with you and encourage you with the same. We will be using flowers and greenery from the garden, if you have a special vase you would like to us bring it with you

 

Botanical Plaster casting with Dee Crofts. Saturday 23 June 10 – 4 pm

We ran this workshop twice last summer and the response to not only learning and creating a unique piece of art was fantastic. Lunch is included in this workshop.

Again all materials are included.

"Potting On" at Dalkey Garden School,Dalkey

Gardening and Growing Herbs and how to use them as Medicine

General Gardening Class

April 21,22 and 28,   2018,  2 Saturday, 1 Sunday morning

10am – 1pm

Annmarie Bowring

An introduction to how to take good care of your garden. What plants to plant and how.

Including lawn care, pruning, plant supports, good bugs, feeds, soil testing, composting and tools. All materials are supplied.As the classes are small (max 6) we will have an opportunity to focus on your garden challenges.

Growing Herbs and using them as Medicine.

Saturday 19 May 2018

10am4pm

Joan Hanrahan and Annmarie Bowring

Growing Herbs and How to Use Them as Medicine

Morning and afternoon workshop

Growing herbs and seed sowing

Joan runs a busy practice in nutritional therapy and herbal medicine in Dalkey, where she combines nutritional support with medicinal herbs to optimise healing. Her teaching emphasises nutritional and naturopathic approaches to chronic diseases, and her clinical experience is a valuable resource for students. She is an expert on the digestive system and its relation to immunity, and the interconnectedness of body systems.

Joan trained initially at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition and then went on to gain a BSc. honours degree in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Westminster. She followed this with a two-year post graduate diploma in Herbal Medicine and is now practising in Dalkey, Dublin as a Medical Herbalist and Nutritional Therapist.

She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, Nutritional Therapists of Ireland, National Institute of Medical Herbalists and Irish Medical Herbalists Organisation.

Joan has a particular interest in the areas of stress, anxiety, adrenal fatigue and other chronic health and digestive problems and regularly attends medical and nutritional seminars. Her interest in environmental medicine has led to involvement with the anti-fluoride movement in Ireland. Joan, a keen gardener, is interested in growing her own food and using foods from the wild.

 

Lunch and notes included.

 

Garden in Autumn

Next Weekends Workshops

Patrica Tyrrell will be here next Saturday 24 10 -4pm  a day-long master class on Plant Driven Design. Patrica is a Bloom Gold medalist and lecturer and will help you really think about what to do and how Lunch is included.

Also on Sunday 25  10- 1 pm, I will have a kick start to Growing your own Vegetables, this is an intensive morning and I will provide you with notes and a hands-on experience. Please book now to secure your places in these very special events of Learning

Botanical Plaster Casts and Vouchers

Finally, we have some very unique and special products for my gardening friends.

Deirdre Crofts and Cera Doyle have come together producing a collection of Plaques using Plaster of Paris mounted on Mahagony and Walnut frames reflecting their love of nature.

I have a small selection in my shop, but if you wish to see more give me a call on 087 2256365

Sunday November 26 Christmas Wreath Making Workshop.

Create your own personalised Christmas wreath, using natural materials gathered and foraged in Co Wicklow. Learn how to do it, bring it home and continue making your own.Enjoy some Festive refreshments to kick start the season.

Sally Horn from The SallyGarden, will help guide you through the process in this 3 hour workshop.Sally is a florist, who sells Irish Organic grown flowers in Killruddery Farmers market every Saturday, throughout the year.

Her style is natural and informal, using country cottage flowers grown in her garden or sourced from The Irish flower Farmer from early spring until late autumn. During the winter,she forages locally and buys flowers in from mainland Europe.

Book Now    www.dalkeygardenschool.com

Christmas Wreath making workshop Sunday December 3

Christmas Wreath workshop

Create your own personalised Christmas wreath, using natural materials gathered and foraged in Co Wicklow.

Sally Horn from The SallyGarden, will help guide you through the process in this 3 hour workshop.Sally is a florist, who sells Irish Organic grown flowers in Killruddery Farmers market every Saturday, throughout the year.

Her style is natural and informal, using country cottage flowers grown in her garden or sourced from The Irish flower Farmer from early spring until late autumn. During the winter,she forages locally and buys flowers in from mainland Europe.

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