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No Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is one of the UK’s foremost advocates of organic growing. His formidable No Dig method, a system using raised beds and a thick mulch to the soil surface, has consistently produced higher yields and healthier crops – without the dreaded back breaking digging! Join us on Wednesday the 5th of May at 7pm as we speak with Charles to gain an insight into his No Dig gardening experience to date.

 

Try Horticulture April

Live Friday 30th April 2021 12.30-1.30pm.

This is the forth in this series. This month’s TRY Horticulture virtual event will focus on the level 7 BSc in Horticulture which is run jointly between the Teagasc college of Amenity Horticulture and Waterford institute of Technology(WIT). The level 7 course is a three year degree course which combines the earth sciences with practical and commercial horticulture along with the business of horticulture. It covers 6 semesters across the three years which also includes work experience that may be done here in Ireland or abroad. If you are looking for a vibrant qualification that encompasses working in the wide outdoors with the expertise of science and business management then this is the perfect place to start. We cover science based subjects like plant science, soil science and land chemistry in year 1 . In year 2 you can choose to diversify into major elective areas like landscaping, nursery stock production, turf grass or food production while in year 3 you get to look at modules in business like marketing and people management. Why not come on board with our virtual event on April 30th 2021 and ask the questions around horticulture that you may have ? College staff will be on hand to describe the course options in more detail and talk about how the course will be run in 2021.

 

Past Events

Try Horticulture March

Live Friday the 26th of March 2021 at 12:30-1.30pm.

This is the third in this series of events. This event focuses on our QQI level 6 certificate in Horticulture. Students who have completed a full time level 5 course in Horticulture at any location can apply directly to enter onto the Level 6 programme in our College. During this session staff from the college will present information on our courses and answer questions live from the audience. If you have an interest in pursuing courses in Horticulture at our college please log on to our event and we will answer any questions that you may have.

Registration for the event is now closed. 

Try Horticulture February

Live Friday 26th February 2021 at 12.30-1.30pm.
 
The second in a series of virtual information days.During this session staff from the college will present information on our college courses and answer questions live from the audience.  If you have an interest in pursuing courses in Horticulture at our college please log on to our event and we will answer any questions that you may have. 
 
Registration for this event is now closed.

Try Horticulture January

Live Friday 29th January at 12.30 -1.30pm.

The first in a series of virtual information days. During this session staff from the College will present information on our college courses and answer questions live from the audience.  If you have an interest in pursuing courses in Horticulture at our college please log on to our event and we will answer any questions that you may have.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Virtual Open Day 11th March 2021

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture hosted a virtual event on Thursday March 11th at 12.30pm. At the event there was a live panel discussion with college staff and students on the programmes that are offered in horticulture at the college. Full time students from the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture, Level 6 advanced Certificate in Horticulture and the Level 7 degree programme were present to offer their thoughts on their college programmes. There were short presentations on the courses offered and participants got a chance to ask questions to the panel directly.

Young Horticulturist of the Year 2020

Fig 1. Back Row L-R: Contestants Luke Senior, Seán Murray, Eric McDonnell, Kyle Ross. Front Row L-R: CIH Vice-president Sue Nicholas, Contestants Julie Smith, Kelly Doaks, Sinéad Lankes, Aoife Nic Fhionnlaoich, YHOY Regional Co-ordinator Sandra Austin.
 
The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIoH) Annual Young Horticulturist of the Year (YHoY) 2020 competition completed its local heats last month in all the horticultural colleges in the island of Ireland (North and South). Over 200 young horticulturists, under the age of 30, competed for just 8 places in the regional final.
 
The 8 students with the highest scores from the local heats competed in this year’s Ireland Final which was held on 27th February 2020. Our hosts this year, the Department of Agriculture and Food at University College Dublin, provided a warm welcome to competitors and supporters.
 
The day-long event started off with a tour of the award-winning Evolution Garden, led by one of the garden’s creators, Dr. Caroline Elliott-Kingston. While the atmosphere was competitive, the warmth and skill of quizmaster Dr. Paul Fitters put all the contestants at ease. In a closely-fought and challenging quiz, Aoife nic Fhionnlaoich from Teagasc College of Horticulture, Glasnevin, emerged the eventual winner. The overall order of all of the contestants at the end of the quiz was:
 
1st:       Aoife nic Fhionnlaoich, Teagasc College of Horticulture, Glasnevin
2nd:     Seán Murray, WIT/Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny
3rd:      Kelly Doaks, CAFRE Greenmount Campus County Antrim Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin
4th:      Luke Senior, WIT/ Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny
5th:      Eric McDonnell, University College Dublin
6th:      Julie Smith, Technological University Dublin, Blanchardstown
7th:      Sinéad Lankes, WIT/ Teagasc College of Horticulture, Glasnevin
8th:      Kyle Ross, CAFRE Greenmount Campus County Antrim
 
 
  
 
Fig 2. L-R: Regional Co-ordinators Paul Fitters, Sandra Austin, YHOY Winner Aoife nic Fhionnlaoich, CIH Vice-president Susan Nicholas.
 
Prizes were presented by Susan Nicholas, Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, and by the YHOY Regional Co-Ordinator, Dr. Sandra Austin. Our winner, Aoife, won a voucher for €200 (courtesy of Bord Bia), garden tools (courtesy of Bulldog), the essential book, ‘Plant Names Simplified’, and an additional prize book, Jimi Blake’s ‘A Beautiful Obsession’, kindly donated by Dr. Mary Forrest. Aoife will represent Ireland in this year’s YHOY Grand Final at Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland on 2nd May, 2020. We wish her all the best. The overall winner in the Grand Final will win a travel bursary of £2500, sponsored by the Shropshire Horticultural Society.
 
The Ireland Branch of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture is very grateful for the continued support and sponsorship from Bord Bia, without whom it would not be possible to host such a wonderful event.