RHSI Annual Public Seminar

Saturday 03 March, 2018

‘Gardening for Wildlife’

The first RHSI Public Seminar of 2018 ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ will take place on Saturday 3rd March from 10.30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

Every outdoor space whether it is a huge estate or a busy family garden can give a home to nature and there are a lot of simple things we can all do to attract and enjoy the benefits of wildlife in our gardens.

Many of us provide food for birds and small mammals but when creating our gardens and choosing plants and materials do we also think about how our decisions go beyond our gardens? By making the right choices we can provide habitats, shelter and breeding environments for a range of wildlife that will also be beneficial to us as gardeners.

It promises to be an informative and enjoyable day with three diverse and knowledgeable speakers:

John Anderson (Keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park) – ‘Woodland Treasures in the Wildlife Garden – A joy forever.’

A former Student of The National Botanic Gardens ,Glasnevin and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. John was previously Head Gardener of Mount Usher Gardens, The National Trust for Scotland, Inverewe Gardens and Exbury Gardens, Hampshire England. Presently he is Keeper of the Gardens, (Savill and Valley Gardens) at Windsor Great Park. Vice Chair of the RHS Woody Plant Committee. He enjoys travelling to see plants in their natural habitats, lecturing and writing.

Niall Hatch (Bird Watch Ireland) – ‘Gardening with Birds’

Niall Hatch is Public Relations and Development Officer with Birdwatch Ireland. A keen birdwatcher Niall has worked on conservation projects in six continents and features regularly in the print media, on TV and on radio, notably as a panelist on Mooney Goes Wild on RTE Radio One. He is the editor of Birdwatch Ireland’s Wings magazine and has a particular interest in garden birds.

Peter Whyte (Landscape Designer & Garden Writer) – ‘Designing Gardens for Wildlife’

Peter Whyte studied horticulture at Warrenstown and UCD and has Irish and UK qualifications in beekeeping. He lectured for 35 years at Gurteen College and is now a landscape and garden consultant. Peter has lectured at conferences in Ireland and Britain, been a regular guest on Ask About Gardening on RTE Radio, contributed to Irish Garden magazine and he writes a monthly blog for www.polydome.ie

Registration from 10 am

Price: €80 including coffee/tea. Special rate for horticultural students €40.

To book contact the RHSI Office on 01-493 7154 or email info@rhsi.ie





Tel: 01-4937154 Email: info@rhsi.ie


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