Events - 29 Mar 17

Introduction to Growing Your Own Cut Flowers with Sarah Evans of The Secret Garden

29/03/2017 — 10:00 am - 2:00 pm — Cork Photo Gallery — Cork City

Workshop: Half day Introduction to Growing Your Own Cut Flowers with Sarah Evans of The Secret Garden.
Date: Wednesday 29th March
Time: 10 – 2pm
Venue: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park.
Cost: €45
Suitable for ages 16+.
Includes handout and all materials.

Do you love the idea of growing your own cut flowers and don’t know where to start?

Whether it’s for a wedding, or just a fresh vase of flowers on the kitchen table each week, we can all grow beautiful blooms. Home-grown seasonal flowers not only have a natural beauty, but you will be able to grow flowers not readily available in the shops, with the added bonus that they will not have travelled for thousands of miles. This half day workshop will arm you with enough practical know how to get you started for the season.

We’ll cover everything from choosing which varieties to grow, sowing from seed, planting, soil, feed, pest management, staking, cutting and conditioning. More importantly, this will all be organically so the bees and butterflies can enjoy the flowers too. You’ll also get a bit of hands on experience with sowing a few seeds of your own to take home and nurture. The cost includes a handout and all materials.


“A very lovely and unique experience. A super enjoyable day and so informative. Learnt loads and picked up lots of tips. A million thanks.”

“Sarah, your warm and encouraging open manner made the day a huge delight”

Sarah Evans

Sarah was the manager of award-winning garden centre, The Secret Garden in North Cork from 2002 until 2016, when she then decided to focus all her attention on her passion – the growing and arranging of flowers. A wedding florist since 2010, Sarah was frustrated by the lack of seasonal and Irish-grown flowers so year after year increased the volume and diversity of her own home-grown seasonal cut flowers, experimenting with different varieties of flowers and herbs, all for cutting. As an organic gardener, she shares her vegetable patch with all kinds of wildlife (not all of it welcome!) and takes pride in being able to offer chemical free beautiful blooms that she, her customers and wildlife can all enjoy.


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Handel's Acis and Galatea

29/03/2017 — 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm — St Brendan’s Church — Bantry

Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music presents Handel’s Acis and Galatea in St Brendan’s Church, Bantry on Wednesday 29th March at 8pm.


Tickets are €20 and available from West Cork Music, either online at or by ringing the office on 027 52788.


This concert will be conducted by renowned Baroque specialist Peter Whelan and will feature the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra. It is the only Cork date of the tour.


An idyllic romance between two young lovers Galatea and Acis is brutally interrupted by Polyphemus, who is determined to claim Galatea for himself.  When the headstrong Acis ignores warnings that love is only a fleeting pleasure, he ends up putting himself directly in the line of fire.


Sung in English, Acis & Galatea features tenor Eamonn Mulhall and soprano Susanna Fairbairn as the thwarted lovers, with bass baritone Edward Grint as Polyphemus and tenor Andrew Gavin as Damon. The Acis and Galatea chorus includes Cormac Lawlor, Fearghal Curtis,  Peter O’Reilly and Sinead O’Kelly.


Written in 1717 Acis and Galatea is a high point of baroque repertoire and one of Handel’s most treasured works.  The opera was first performed in Dublin at Crow Street Music Hall in May 1734.  Seven years later Handel received an invitation from the Duke of Devonshire, then Lord Lieutenant in Dublin to present a series of concerts of his most popular English-language works – including Acis and Galatea, to be held at Dublin’s new “Musick Hall” in Fishamble Street between December 1741 and Spring  1742.  The subscription concerts were so successful that Handel arranged  for the first performance of his newly commissioned oratorio Messiah, to take place that April using many of the performers from Acis and Galatea.

West Cork Music is delighted to announce that the Maritime Hotel  has a  special accommodation rate for audience members. On mentioning “Opera Theatre Company”, the audience member can avail of a special rate of €85 B&B for a Double/Twin Room and €70 B&B for a Single Room. To book and for more details, contact the Maritime Hotel on 027 54700

Opera Theatre Company  and West Cork Music would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council.


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