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To plant a Garden is to believe in tomorrow

The key to a successful school garden is in the planning. No matter the size and style of your garden, you will need to answer important questions about who will use the garden, where it will be located in order to sustain the plants you plan to grow, and how it will be maintained

Where to start ?

This is a lot to do with the space the garden is been created. The size of the garden, the soil type and the location.

Location ideally your garden should be getting 5-6 hours of sunlight. If you garden is located in a dark corner, it will make it much more difficult. Keep an eye on the direct sunlight for a few days to get an idea of the garden. If it is in a semi shaded area then you will be able to grow shade tolerant plants and herbs. Ideally you will be hoping for a south facing garden.

The soil: Is it a hard or soft surface. When planting a vegetable garden raised beds can be a lot easier and can be placed on either hard or soft surfaces. Be creative creating a raised bed. There are great products on the market. If you have budget restrictions you can create raised beds with up cycling. Parents, Local mens sheds and other organistaions may be a great resource to do this part for you.

Access to water. It is a good idea to try a position you school garden near to an outside tap for ease of watering. But an alternative is to harvest rain water.


Small Garden.

Even if you have a small garden, you can have great success?

Firstly plan what you would like to achieve. Vegetable garden, sensory garden, Bio diversity garden or elements of all.

Look at the whole area. How much ground space has the garden. Is there a wall or fence that can utilised or can one be erected. Vertical gardens are an alternative for gardeners who don't have a lot of horizontal space or want to cover an un attractive wall.

Vertical gardening can save a lot of space. A few ideas for vertical gardening is a Living wall, Hanging baskets (for vegetables and herbs) wall hanging containers like pots, hayracks, drainpipes or unusual containers like wellies, bottles or shoe organisers. See images below for inspiration.


Container Gardening: Most trees and Shrubs and Vegetables can be grown in Pots and Containers. If you have a small Garden look at dwarf varieties. For example a cornet apple tree is a miniature tree. An old wheelbarrow can be a a lovely salad or herb container. (make sure it has lots of drainage) Window boxes for Salads, watercress , herbs, rainbow chard to name a few.

Climbing fruit and Veg up a wire fence : Peas, beans, cucumber, tomatoes , Trained blueberries, rasberrerries, Grapes


Top tip in small Gardens. Make sure that the containers and beds will get enough feed and water to produce a bounty for the season.


Rockery gardens. Most herbs including lavender are naturally rockery plants. They can grow in areas that other plants wont thrive as long as the have sunshine. There is varieties of ground cover thyme and rosemary that can be grown in between slabs and pavings. The release a fabulous aroma when stepped on. Too much traffic on these plant is detrimental to them.


Be creative, Use bold colours in a small garden. Create a garden that is big on Colour

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Happy gardening

From all the team at griffins of Dripsey


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Camellias – who can resist them? 

Camellias are one of the most popular winter and spring flowering shrubs, providing a vivid splash or colour when little else is in bloom. Although they needs acidic soil, some camellias can be grown really well in containers, with a camellia compost.

Site and soil conditions: Camellias are woodland plants that grow best in shelter and light shade, although with careful watering, they can be grown in a sunny position. Camellias hate to be too dry, so the use of mulch is advisable.

This is the time to buy your Camellia? You can choose from a large range of colours and size flowers.   Here are a few of my Favourites:

Camellia Donation


It’s not an exaggeration to say that this has long been considered one of the finest camellias ever bred. ‘Donation’ produces large, semi-double orchid pink flowers in abundance. The flowers show well against the deep dark green shiny foliage.

Camellia Debbie:


Debbie is a large, vigorous evergreen shrub of open growth, with peony-form double, rose-pink flowers to 12cm in width This vigorous, evergreen shrub is particularly resistant to cold weather and is easy to train against a north-facing wall or fence.


Camellia Anticipation

camellia anticipationThis is the most popular and easy to grow Camellias. Produces large, ruffled, peony-form, crimson flowers in late winter and early spring. Narrowly upright in habit, it's ideal for use in a large patio container. A beautiful house-warming gift.

Camellia Brushfield’s Yellow

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Medium size flowers with a double centre of pale yellow, circled by antique white petal.   Brighten up that dull corner with this beautiful Evergreen shrub.

Camellia William Bartlett


'William Bartlett' produces the most beautifully, fully petalled double pale pink flowers, with random red flecks in. The flowers are incredible in the detail of the row after row of petals, perfectly formed.

Margaret's Tip:

 Avoid a position that will get early morning sun and feed with a good slow release fertliizer and mulch this time of year.

Did you know?

 Tea leaves are from the common Camellia? The leaves are dried to be make the hot drink we all know and love.  Used tea bags or tea leaves will give back some of the nutrients (especially potash) to any plant and especially Camellia, as they are the same family.

happy 2015

Griffins of Dripsey are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for not one but two awards in the Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2015. Their "Griffins is Happy" Video and their inspirational facebook page have been nominated in the following categories

  • Best Use of Facebook
  • Best Use of Video

Run by the Cork Chamber of Commerce, the Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2015 are among the most coveted and sought after awards in digital marketing. Along with other leading businesses in Cork, Griffins will be  anxiously awaiting the results at the Cork Digital Awards cermony on October the 24th. 

Griffins have also been one of the leading businesses in Cork to work with Google trusted Photographer Ian Flavin in creating a "Google Business View"  of their award winning business. You can now take a virtual stroll through Griffins. Experience the magic  of what Griffins has to offer by virtually walking in their front door, strolling around the Home store and garden centre , into relaxing restaurant and into the playground.  Margaret Griffin believed this was the perfect method to Showcase their newly revamped Home and Living store to the world.  And the reaction to it online  shows the strenght of  digital marketing to SMEs. 

Take your virtual tour of Griffins  now https://goo.gl/maps/5LBA8