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Eugene's Gardening Gift Guide!

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Our gardening guru Eugene has his ultimate gift guide for the gardener in your family for this Christmas.

Eugene Higgins - Gnomes A Good Bargain!

I was born into Horticulture in a plant nursery/garden centre in north Co Dublin started in 1940 by my grandfather, so my excuse is, "that its in my blood". On leaving school I worked in various Dublin radio stations and spent my spare time working in the garden centre, this soon reversed after spending an intervening number of years in Australia. Over the last 12 years I have been combining Horticulture and media work.media contributions have included. . .

. BBC Room For Improvement
. UTV "UTV LIFE"
. FM 104 Claire Mckeon Show
. Lite Fm Dublin Saturday magazine
. RTE Pat Kenny Radio Show

In 1999 I opened Colour Green garden Centre in Malahide Dublin which won "Best Specialist Garden Centre Ireland" in 2002.Subsequently we moved the business to Tullamore, Co Offaly, where we have a lot more space around us and have concentrated on developing our Landscaping services.Our highlight to date was, being commissioned last year by the Afternoon Show to rebuild Carrigoran nursing home's (Co Clare), spectacular Japanese garden. I have been working on an exhibit garden in Dublin over the last 18 months entitled "A Garden for The Noughties" but at the rate it's progressing it might be better titled "A Garden for the Tweenies"!!!!


THE GIFTS. . .

1. The AeroGarden
The AeroGardenT, is the world's first kitchen garden appliance that allows anyone - even people with no gardening experience - to simply, conveniently and affordably grow healthy and delicious market fresh herbs, lettuce, tomatoes and more, all year-round, right on their kitchen countertop, without dirt, creepy crawlies, weeding or mess. Designed by AeroGrow International, The AeroGarden uses NASA-proven*, high-yield aeroponic technology and built-in grow lights to create a self-watering, self-feeding, fully automated indoor garden that grows plants faster and healthier than plants grown in soil.
 
The AeroGarden are available in some retail stores and can be found on www.lifes2good.ie or phoning 1890 25 22 07.  The AeroGarden retails for €199 and comes with a choice of seed kits Gourmet Herb, Salad Greens or Cherry Tomato.   Additional seed kits are priced at €19.95.

2. Dutch Gardens
The idea behind Dutch gardens is to create a garden in minature with moss pathways, slate steps, different types of greenery and floral blooms at different heights to reflect the randomness of nature.These were inspired by a dutch florist who wanted to recreate the neat little dutch gardens in floral form.

The pieces are long lasting as they are in oasis. They can be made in Table deco (straight designs) or Wreath (round design). They are beautiful as a table centre piece or as a side table piece which will attract a lot of attention because of the detail.

We will have three Dutch gardens in studio and they cost €80 plus delivery. They can be ordered on www.floralexpressions.ie

3. The Family Tree Scheme
The Family Tree Scheme enables you to commemorate an important event or to remember a loved one, by giving you the opportunity to have a tree or trees planted in their name. This is in association with the Irish Tree Council. www.treecouncil.ie The trees are planted in,

. Torc Forest, Muckross Estate, Killarney, Co.Kerry
. Birr Castle, Demesne, Birr, CO.Offally
. Strokestown House, Strokestown, Co.Roscommon
. Larch Hill, Tibradden, Co.Dublin

Family Tree Scheme - €40

4. Save The Bogs Campaign
Under this campaign you can sponsor an area of bogland for yourself or a loved one. By sponsoring anything from 1/16th to a whole acre of bogland you areensuring its conservation. All proceeds go towards the Irish Peatland Conservation Council who have been conserving areas of Irelands beautiful bogland for 25 years. www.ipcc.ie

Prices
1/16 acre €45
1/8 acre €90
1/4 acre €180
1/2 acre €360
One acre €720
               
5. Books
Tricks With Trees - €30.80 - Sufficient, A Modern Guide To Sustainable Living -  €38.50
Bugs In The Garden - €6.99

All available from www.dubraybooks.ie

6. Water Feature
Water feature in studio from Rockworld Garden Centre, €250, www.rockworld.ie

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