Rothe House Garden and KKB – open garden day

Saturday May 28th : Presentation at Bee friendly Rothe House garden  1pm-3pm.    There will also be the identification  of bee/pollinator  friendly plants. All are welcome.  Entry to the Gardens is free  to all on the day.  Arranged by KKB and Rothe House gardens.

We also welcome Tanguy de Toulgoët   a bee keeper to explain the art of bee keeping. He uses a French system using a  vertical divisible hive. The small boxes suits very well the size of the bee cluster especially during the winter. It is a great hive to keep bees naturally. They organise their nest in their own way and the surplus honey is harvested (if any) around August. The honey is stored in the higher boxes. The honey will be pressed or can be eaten in the comb. A full box is always left for the bees for the winter.

Rothe house gardens

Rothe house gardens

Prize winning gardens in the KKB awards 2013

Winner of the best garden in St Mary's parish  and also overall city winner in Kilkenny City in 2013 Catherine Duffy,  Fr Delahunty Place

Winner of the best garden in St Mary’s parish and also overall city winner in Kilkenny City in 2013 Catherine Duffy, Fr Delahunty Place

St Johns Parish overall winner: Dean and Ludmilla Welch, Lintown Avenue, Lintown Hall, Johnswell road

St Johns Parish overall winner: Dean and Ludmilla Welch, Lintown Avenue, Lintown Hall, Johnswell road

St Patricks Parish winner best Garden:Dermot and Eileen Brophy,  Riverview

St Patricks Parish winner best Garden:Dermot and Eileen Brophy, Riverview

St Canices parish: Best garden winner, Timothy and Maura Clifford, Lord Edward St, the Butts

St Canices parish: Best garden winner, Timothy and Maura Clifford, Lord Edward St, the Butts

Composting in Kilkenny!

Composting and gardening wildlife workshop for all ages  is to take place on  Saturday the 27th November  11am-1pm at the City Library.

Come along and explore the world of composting.  Learn about the different compost systems available to you and choose the system that best suits your needs.  The workshop will introduce in detail compost bins, leaf mould and wormeries.  For younger composters make your own ‘compost in a bottle’ to take home and watch your organic waste change into a compost for planting your flowers and vegetables.

To encourage wildlife into your garden take home our top ten tips including log piles, nesting boxes and wildlife friendly plants.  A sample of live freshwater invertebrates will help you to learn the benefits of garden ponds while our singing garden birds will help you identify your garden birds.

This event is organised in partnership between Kilkenny County Council and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for EU Waste Reduction Week. we look forward to seeing you there!

Composting Kilkenny City

Kilkenny City gardening excellence

Blooms on Johns Bridge and Tynan's Bridge House, Kilkenny. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

High street, Kilkenny. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

The City gardeners  have presented a wonderful range of  colourful flower displays through out the City. It is a delight to walk through our medieval streets and enjoy the blooms !

City Hall, High steet, Kilkenny. High street, Kilkenny. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

High street blooms. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful