Update due to extreme dry conditions in Kilkenny City:
KKB has taken the decision to cancel the Private Gardens awards element of our Kilkenny City Annual Awards Competition for 2018. This is due to the unprecedented dry spell here in Kilkenny. Irish water has requested all to conserve water and there is also the requirement to observe a hose pipe ban currently. All other award categories are not impacted.
The Private Gardens Awards will be reinstated again in 2019.
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.
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!