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Margaret leads the way in encouraging people to have a fun garden for bees and children.


Where would we beee without bees?


As far as important species go, they are top of the list. Bees produce sweet honey but more importantly they pollinate most of our plants, Resulting in fruit, vegetable, nuts and seeds. A lot of crops that feed our animals, The plants that we harvest for coffee and cotton. Imagine what the shelves in the supermarkets and the menu in our favourite restaurant would look like. A world without the buzz of bees would definitely stingIf we respect nature, learn to grow with it, Nature, Bees and our Children will thrive. At Griffins in Dripsey, Margaret and her team believe the solutions to a bee friendly world are simple. If every home, school garden, business and community think about bees when planning their next outdoor project, The County of cork would become The Bee County of Ireland.


Support the replanting of Hedgerows and reintroduction of wild plants and shrubs to our country ditches. Theses natural borders were the home for so many habitats and flora. The decline of the fragrant and beautiful honeysuckle and Wild Roses is a massive loss to all.


When designing a garden or bed, Margaret will always encourage planting bee friendly plants like traditional cottage garden plants, herbs, If possible create a wild garden area for wild flowers and provide a nesting site by leaving a pile of leaves, twigs and grass in a sunny corner. 

The Leaders of Nature

Each Tidy town , Community group, Town Chamber should elect a sub team who are interested & excited about Nature and Wildlife. Small patches of wildflowers here and there in margins, gardens, waste ground, roadside verges and motorway embankments. A Small Change in each project could make a big difference.

Pesty Solutions:

We can still control the Garden pests with out using neonictinoids and Chemicals.

neonictinoids are widely used to kill insects on farms and in gardens. Research has linked it to the disappearing bee population. In all of Margaret s talks and workshops she love to educate people on how to garden in a ecological friendly way. Cutting out neonictinoids and still keep insect and pest from your garden is easy. Use Garlic as a natural pesticide. An easy garlic wash is made from crushed garlic cloves in water with a few drops of washing up liquid. This is your bee friendly pesticide.

Griffins reduced the chemical department by 60% over the last two years while researching, testing and sourcing the best organic feeds, pesticides and fungicides available on the market. Easy Gardening for a bee friendly garden.

Teach The Children

Margaret love of nature has come from her parents and her wish is that parents would encourage their children to love and respect nature. Design their homes and gardens to be fun and friendly for Children and Bees. Get Children of their Ipads and into the Gardens . Check out The Slug Club at Griffins. Kids Learn all about nature and gardening while having Fun


Pollen & Nectar Rich Menu for planting ideas

The best Gardens provide a range of nectar and pollen rich flowers which bloom from spring through to late Spring.

Bulbs: Bluebell, muscari, Snowdrops, Crocus

Herbs. Nearly all herbs are Bee friendly especially rosemary, lavender and thyme.

Cottage Garden plants: wallflowers, geraniums, foxgloves, heather, catmint, Geraniums,

Shrubs & Trees Apple tree, horse-chestnut, willow, Hawthorn. Cotoneaster, Berberis, Quince, Fuchsia, Climbing hydrangeas and Honey suckle

Please do your bit and BEE Friendly

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If you have any questions about Bee friendly gardening or beed any advice please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Griffins of Dripsey on 021 7334286

Griffins New Season Colour has arrived up from Our Nursey,


We are already seeing the Autumn tones arriving in to the home store and fashion shops. The burnt oranges, autumn yellows, deeper Pinks and blues are the next seasons colours. These too are the wonderful colours that arrive into our Gardens. Revitalise your hanging baskets, containers or Garden beds with a variety of new season plants.


New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens provide hard-to-find brilliant color in shade. And it's not just the flowers. The foliage is often brilliantly, exotically colorful as well. These plants really shine in containers, where they thrive in the perfect soil and drainage, but they also do well in the ground as long as you have good drainage. They thrive in both a sunny and shady position and will reward you with colour right through till late autumn. At Griffins these is an array of vibrant colours of impatiens from an Orange Blaze to an elegant white.

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New Season Pansies and Violas 

Griffins Pansies and Viola love this weather! These plants will flower right through now till the end of Spring 2016. The can survive through harsh winters and keep on flowering until June! No one believes just how wonderful Griffin Pansies perform. It's almost as if they were energised by the Poor summer! Where did they get this stamina?

In fact, pansies love cool temperature, it's as simple as that! Considering how cool this summer has been (for better or worse) I think that pansies are definitely the way to go!



New: A Pansy that now trails!

Pansy Plentifall – a wonderful discovery in Pansy production. A trailing variety and a winner for all gardeners. Our Nursery have been growing the trailing pansy for a few years now and the results have excelled all expectations. Homes and Gardens around Cork can now have their wonderful hanging basket displays all year round. The trailing Pansy has transformed basket, tubs and Containers forever. Available in a range of colours, The trailing pansy will one of the top sellers for autumn 2015

Margaret's tip: remember pansies love free draining compost and a bright sunny position, Pansies can tolerate cool temperatures. Feed with slow release tablets for best results.

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Tough Garden Mum - Chrysanthemum

This 'garden mum' is as tough as any mum out there and rises to the challenge made by our weather. Chrysanthemums can survive our changeable weather very well. These Yoder Garden Mums are considered the most hardy and long-flowering of all of the garden mums. They offer superb autumn colour each year and stay a perfect ball shape that will enhance your garden and add that little touch of autumn elegance!

Garden Mums can be grown in containers and pots, as well as in the ground. I really recommend that you try these – I guarantee you will absolutely adore them just as much as I do!


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Griffins and 14 Other Irish SMEs share €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund.  

–  IE Domain Registry announces 15 Irish SMEs and micro-businesses to receive share of €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund to improve online presence and e-commerce – 

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) has announced the 15 Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises that will receive a share of its €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund following a nationwide outreach campaign.

This year’s 15 OPTIMISE Fund recipients are a diverse range of businesses, from an award-winning destination garden centre, a menswear boutique and an outdoor adventure holiday specialist to an on-demand laundry service, a family-run group tour operator and a ‘Living Café’. The businesses are spread across the country with locations in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Mayo, Waterford and Wicklow.

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The 15 OPTIMISE Fund recipients are:

  1. GriffinsGardenCentre.ie (Cork; award-winning destination garden centre)
  2. WalkShoes.ie (Cork; family footwear business)
  3. TheOldMillStores.ie (Cork; retailers of design-led homewares and gifts)
  4. Salingers.ie (Cork; menswear boutique)
  5. Eirechrom.ie (Cork; mass spectrometry specialists for clinical research)
  6. Adventure-Holidays.ie (Wicklow; outdoor adventure and activity holiday specialists)
  7. CleanFreaks.ie (Dublin; on-demand service company for laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, alterations and shoe repairs)
  8. DayToursUnplugged.ie (Dublin; family-run tour operator offering relaxed and informal group tours from Dublin)
  9. GPMI-ltd.ie (Dublin; suppliers of packaging, print and LED systems solutions)
  10. Madinks.ie (Dublin; self-funded, e-commerce start-up, offering low-cost printer ink cartridges and LaserJet toner cartridges)
  11. PhysioExtra.ie (Dublin; two multi-disciplinary clinics in Dublin with a wide range of services and a community outreach programme to promote health and fitness)
  12. Olytico.ie (Dublin; social media monitoring and analysis agency)
  13. TheGaiety.ie (Galway and Mayo; husband and wife owned vintage and antiques store)
  14. HookandLadder.ie (Limerick and Waterford; ‘Living Café’ with a café, cookery school and furniture and home accessories store all under one roof)
  15. TotalShave.ie (Mayo; online retailer of the Irish-made Total Shaving Solution)

Each of the 15 recipients of this year’s OPTIMISE Fund will now receive practical tools, training and services up to the value of €10,000 to enhance their existing websites and expand their online offering to include such tools as e-commerce.

This year’s 15 OPTIMISE Fund recipients were chosen following an online public vote that determined 10 of the OPTIMISE recipients, with the remaining five businesses selected by an independent judging panel. This year’s judging panel was chaired by Conall Ó Móráin (Today FM’s Sunday Business Show), Keith Bohanna (Near Future), Alan Sherlock (SFA) and Ronan Smith (AIB).

David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IEDR, said: “This was the most successful year of the OPTIMISE Fund to date. We received an incredible response from Irish SMEs and micro-businesses, all of whom recognise the genuine opportunity that exists to reach new audiences and increase online sales through an expanded and improved web presence. As the economy continues to recover, the SME sector cannot overlook the value of e-commerce in converting new business. We look forward to continuing to work with Irish SMEs through the OPTIMISE Fund to grow and improve this important facet of their businesses.”

The OPTIMISE Fund was established by the IEDR in 2011 following research that showed a low level of e-commerce activity on Irish SMEs’ websites. Now in its fifth year, the OPTIMISE Fund has provided funding to 60 Irish SMEs and micro-businessses.

The Guide to Herbs

Gardening and cooking with herbs is becoming more popular every day. There's nothing like the taste of herbs picked fresh from your own garden! They're so easy to grow, whether in beds, borders, containers or on windowsills and with our full range of herb plants at Griffins growing your own herbs has never been easier. Many herbs can also be grown all the year round and will save you buying expensive supermarket produce. Follow Margaret s easy guide to learn how to grow your own herbs.

Herbs in Containers: Growing herbs in pots and containers is a great way to grow fresh produce if space is limited. Place them outside your back door for easy harvesting when cooking! Choose relatively deep pots and make sure the container has drainage holes and is raised up on bricks or 'pot feet' to prevent water logging in the winter. The best compost to grow herbs in is Westland Multipurpose John Innes. Feed your pot-grown herbs regularly with a tomato feed throughout the growing season, following the manufacturer's instructions. Over-feeding can cause the leaves to lose their pungent flavour so don't be too generous. One of my favourite house warming Gifts is a beautiful pot filled with Herbs.

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Growing Herb in your garden and raised beds : Growing herbs outdoors in a dedicated herb garden makes harvesting easier and will create a rich scent on hot sunny days! You could make a herb garden quite ornamental by combining the silver-grey foliage of lavender  or sage with the blue flowers of borage and the movement of dill and fennel There are also great variations in foliage colour with herbs such as thyme , Mint.Herbs also make a great addition to flower beds and borders if you don't have the space for a dedicated herb garden. Try using low-growing herbs such as Chives and thyme as an informal edge to a path. Herbs such as thyme and Corsican mint can also be planted in the gaps in paving and patios and will withstand light foot traffic; releasing their delicious scent when walked on. The tall, feathery foliage of fennel looks good in a herbaceous border and the yellow flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Always ensure your herbs are grown in a well drained and sunny position

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Growing herbs indoors is convenient for harvesting and great for those without gardens. It also extends the season for annual herbs so you will have fresh produce all year round! Suitable herbs to grow indoors on the windowsill include chives, parsley, Basil, Coriander, Dill and Mint. Grow on a sunny window. Water well when dry and enjoy your culinary delights basil is best grown indoors in a sunny position. The plant is a tender so treat it with a little extra love and it will reward you with a fresh floavour all summer long.

General care

Herbs are relatively low maintenance unless they are growing in containers where they will require routine watering and feeding. Good Drainage and a sunny position are the two keys to a good herb bed. Trimming herbs in the spring will encourage a flush of new healthy leaves. It's also best to dead-head your herbs as the flowers start to fade to channel their energy into leaf growth. You can trim shrubby herbs such as lavender and thyme .


My favourite herbs to grow are Parsley ,Thyme, rosemary, Coriander, Mint, ,Spearmint, Sweet Bay, Lemon Balm, French Tarragon. With this selection you will have most recipes covered

Harvesting and storing herbs is quite easy, Herbs are best harvested in the morning before any essential oils evaporate.Harvest no more than one-third of the plants at a time

Air drying herbs is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process also doesn't deplete the herbs of their oils. Cut a bundle of healthy herb, hang upside down in a warm dry room. Keep an eye on it, after tow weeks the herbs should be starting to dry out. When full dry store in an airtight container Herbs are excellent for freezing enabling you to enjoy their flavours all year round. You can either freeze whole sprigs in a freezer bag or freeze chopped herbs with water in ice cube trays.


We are delighted to announce that Griffins are shortlisted for IEDR Optimise Fund ! There was  over 150 applications which have been shortlisted down to 32 at the moment.  15 winners will be selected from the shortlist, 10 by public vote and 5 by our judging panel.  Griffins would love your Vote


Can you imagine Griffins of Dripsey, Munster's only five star garden centre, home of the award winning restaurant and Ireland's best scone could be open 24/7 with your help? Vote for Griffins in“Optimise 2015, Iedr eCommerce and Website Development fund and it could be a reality.

Like to take a virtual stroll around Griffins from the comfort of your home? Order that special gift, get it wrapped with style, delivered to your door or ready to collect in store with a“Click & Collect”service? While on the go, Book an afternoon tea or your table for the best Sunday lunch from your smartphone? Ever wish you had Granny Griffins' home baking in your kitchen? All could be possible with our online take home range of baked goods and gourmet food.

Or going gardening? With Griffins' tutorials, vlogs, blogs you could have a Griffin's plant expert in your garden, advising you on your garden, solving your problems and recommending the best proven winners available. Click, Collect, Plan!

All under one virtual roof Griffinsgardencentre.ie why not organise that yearly visit to our very special guest while the little ones are dreaming of a white Christmas? Book your VIP seat at Griffins' Magical events? Sign up and cycle for charity?

To ensure that we have the friendliest trustworthy website available, we wish to work with the best and Optimise 2015 offers us a unique opportunity to do this. It is only a click away, Vote Griffins Garden centre for your magical online Griffins' experience. Click Here To Vote


Optimise Fund 2015


Now in its fifth year, the IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund was created to encourage and enable Irish SMEs or micro-enterprises to make greater use of existing web technologies to maximise their online presence. Since its’ launch in 2011, the OPTIMISE Fund has provided funding to 60 Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises who have invested its’ funding in expanding their websites to facilitate online selling and to optimise their online presence. Through an increased and improved web presence, businesses have successfully been able to reach a wider audience and, in turn, grow their businesses.

There are 32 businesses shortlisted for this year’s OPTIMISE Fund, including Griffins Of Dripsey. This shortlist will now be reduced further, down to the 15 final companies who will be selected as this year’s OPTIMISE Fund recipients.

An online public vote will select 10 of the final 15 fund recipients with the additional five businesses selected by the independent judging panel. This year’s independent judging panel is chaired by Conall O’Móráin (Today FM’s Sunday Business Show) and consists of Keith Bohanna (Near Future), Ronan Smith (AIB) and Alan Sherlock (SFA)


Granny griffins scones are officially the Best Scones in Ireland. Goodalls of Ireland, Odlums and the Public have given Granny Griffin this award for 2015


Makes 15-18  Award Winning scones 

Turn on oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan oven).  Always make sure it is hot before
you start 


2 lbs of Odlums Self Raising Flour
2 level teaspoons of baking powder
8 oz of Cold unsalted butter
2  of Granny Griffin handfuls of Shamrock Quality Sultanas.
2 free range eggs  (do not whisk the eggs)
Fresh Milk from the fridge
Butter Milk at room temperature
A teacup of Siucra Caster Sugar (150-180g) adjust to taste. 
Mix all dry ingredients and Cubes of butter with your cool hands 
Add in 2 whole eggs (not whisked) and an even mix of whole milk and Butter milk.
The amount of milk
will vary but Granny Griffin always aims for quite a wet mixture .
Granny Griffins Secrets from her  treasured recipe book
Always keep your eggs at room temperature. Never in a fridge and not in a very
warm place
in your kitchen
Have all your ingredients as cool as possible. 
Mix all the dry ingredient well first and then add cubes of butter. You need to do
 this with very coldhands. As they say cold hands .... Warm heart.
 Dont over work these ingredients. Then out with a fork and mix in the eggs and milk
mixture to a nice wet consistency. 
Cool your hands with water again and knead the mixture. Handle the dough with love,
Never ever over work it. 
Roll out the mixture on a cool table to a thickness of an inch high. 
Cut with a cool scone cutter. never twist the scone cutter.  Try to cut straight down. 
Glaze scone with an egg. Top and sides. This will help your scones stand proud.
Put scones  into your warm oven as quickly as possible. 
Bake for 15-18minutes. ever oven is different
Always bake your scones with love and quality ingredients. 
Serve with Homemade jam and Freshly whipped cream. 
For a Seasonal strawberry scone replace the sultanas with the best strawberries available.
Rosscarberry Strawberries are given the seal of approval From Granny Griffin 




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