Further information about phenological gardens may be obtained from: ``Phenological Gardens in Ireland 2003'', by A. Donnelly, A. Caffarra, and M. Jones, Department of Botany, Trinity College, Dublin (2004), and ``Instructions for Establishing an International Phenological Garden'', by the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, The Institute of Crop Sciences, Section of Agricultural Meteorology, Humboldt University, Berlin.
Table 7 lists the species supplied by the IPG Central Coordinating Laboratory as well as the several native species also included.
There are four phenology gardens in the Republic of Ireland, namely those at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin; the Valentia Observatory, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry; the JFK Arboretum, Co. Wexford; and Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. With one now in Armagh, the three Irish stations with the longest daily meteorological series (Armagh, Dublin, Valentia) will be covered.
The second meeting of the Irish Phenological Garden Network took place at the Armagh Observatory on 28 September 2004. It was a one-day meeting involving almost a dozen participants from external institutions including the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Monks Wood Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire), Met Éireann (Valentia Observatory, Co. Kerry), DOENI, DARDNI, Trinity College Dublin, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum (Wexford), and the National Botanic Gardens (Glasnevin, Dublin).
The Grounds and Meteorological Officer, Shane Kelly, has primary responsibility for care and maintenance of the phenology garden specimens, and for making periodic reports on their condition. As part of this effort, he attended during autumn 2004 an introductory course on digital imaging, to facilitate the creation of a growing digital archive relating to the phenology garden, and also of other flora and fauna in the Armagh Observatory Grounds and Astropark. Other staff have already taken a large number of images of the Observatory Grounds and Astropark (e.g. http://www.arm.ac.uk/mdp/AO.html).
Plans for future phenological activities include arranging training courses for observers, and coordinating the planting of clones of both the standard IPG network specimens and a selection of native species in the five phenological gardens now established on the island of Ireland.