Our AGM weekend in Blarney, Co. Cork.


Shirley Musgrave, Christine Fehily and Catherine McHale all obviously enjoying the garden visits at the weekend.

Many thanks to the Munster committee of the IGPS who organised our AGM weekend in Blarney, Co. Cork. It was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Our first garden visit of the weekend was to Blarney Castle Gardens where we had a range of wonderful guided tours and this set the tone of the weekend which we all continued to enjoy.

Click here to see an album of photographs from Blarney Castle Gardens. 

Click on the link to view an album of photographs from Mairead Harty’s  Poulacurry House

Click to view Mary Byrne’s Garden

The final garden of the weekend: Hester Forde’s, “Coosheen” in Glounthaune.

A “Thank You” to Martin Edwardes


To mark Martin Edwarde’s ten years on the Munster committee of the IGPS Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson of the IGPS Munster committee, made this presentation at the AGM dinner in Blarney    


IGPS Stand at Russborough

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There was a big turnout for the Rare and Special Plant Sale at Russborough House today and the IGPS had a stand there with Stephen Butler, Ricky Shannon and Kirsten Walker meeting people and promoting the IGPS. Mary and I dropped in to say “Hello”  


Lismacloskey Daffodils

Narcissus 'Lemon Cocktail'

Ireland and particularly the north of Ireland has a fine reputation for breeding daffodils and the garden at Lismacloskey Rectory in the Ulster Folk Museum, which is planted and maintained by volunteers from the IGPS and the Museum, now has a collection of almost 40 different cultivars. The chilly spring this year has meant their […]


IGPS at the Clare Garden Festival

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Bruno Nicolai had an IGPS stand at the Clare Garden Festival today – as well as presenting a talk to those attending. A great day was had, with lots of requests for an IGPS branch to be set up in the west. If there is anybody interested in helping set up a branch in the […]


A Woodland Garden


A large group of IGPS members made their way to Co. Meath on Saturday, 23rd of April. We were blessed with good weather, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The woodland was planted with a great mixture of native spring flowers and choice woodland plants with an imaginative uses of ivy as ground cover. Photographs from […]


IGPS at Fota Plant Fair.

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    There was a huge attendance at the Plant Fair at Fota Island on Sunday, 17th April, and the IGPS had a presence there, sharing a stand with Blarney Castle Gardens to both promote the upcoming Blarney in Bloom Festival on the 10th of July and to promote the IGPS itself. Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson […]


A Visit to David Ledsham’s Garden – 9th March

Primula megaesifolia

It was a testimony to David Ledsham’s garden that we enjoyed it enormously despite poor weather conditions. We met with so many beautiful plants, so well cultivated, that is was a joy from beginning to end. Hellebore, trilliums and primulas were especially fabulous. Here are just a few photographs of plants which caught the eye. […]


Narcissus ‘Countess of Annesley’ An Irish cultivar presumed extinct – alive and well

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Narcissus ‘Countess of Annesley’   An Irish cultivar presumed extinct – alive and well   Narcissus ‘Countess of Annesley’, a late nineteenth century, large early-flowered daffodil that originated at Castlewellan in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, and long presumed extinct, has recently been found alive and well in a number of Irish gardens. The discovery was […]


The Lismacloskey Garden at the Ulster Folk Museum

The Rectory with a pair of Irish junipers either side of the central path.

The volunteers at Lismacloskey Garden at the Ulster Folk Museum near Belfast are busy getting the garden back into shape after a very wet but mild winter. The weather obviously suited the Irish Primroses introduced by the Fitzgerald Nursery in recent years as they are putting on a great show in the long bed leading […]


Dedication of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’ – Tuesday, 28th June

Escallonia CF Ball Photograph from httpwww.vivaipriola.it

Dedication of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’ This dedication is taking place at the National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin. It is a free event organised by the Office of Public Works(OPW) and we would like to see a good number of IGPS attend on the day.  Tuesday, 28 June 2016 from 14:00 to 16:00 AT […]


‘New and Exciting Herbaceous Perennials from around the World’ with Jimi Blake’


‘New and Exciting Herbaceous Perennials from around the World’ with Jimi Blake’, in association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.  The Northern Area Committee’s Spring Lecture, ‘New and Exciting Herbaceous Perennials from around the World’ with Jimi Blake’, in association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, was an entertaining and inspiring guide through Jimi’s favourite […]


Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta: Place a Pre-publication order now! €25

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The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society have joined forces in a project titled Plandaí Oidhreachta, which celebrates our Heritage Plants. It highlights the wealth of good Irish Garden Plants and celebrates the beauty of botanical illustration. In late 2016, the end product of the collaboration will be an exhibition […]


Oliver Schurmann – ‘Prairie Style Gardening in an Irish Climate’

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A Report from Adam Whitbourn on Oliver Schurmann’s IGPS Munster lecture  ‘Prairie Style Gardening in an Irish Climate’on Tue 1st March. Oliver gave an extremely interesting and informative lecture. His passion and knowledge of plants and great eye for design were evident throughout. He described his formative days of training in Germany where he first […]


Ulster Garden Scheme 2016 – with IGPS Members Involved

Mary and Berkley Farr with Charles Stewart

In Northern Ireland the very active Ulster Gardens Scheme raises money for local National Trust gardens each year through a series of open gardens. This year eight gardens will open for a day or two days over a weekend at their peak season while another 15 are open by appointment between April and October. As […]


Richard Baines talk in Belfast

Marion Allen and Victor Henry admiring some of the foliage from Logan brought by the speaker, Richard Baines.

About 30 members from the Northern region attended the lecture by Richard Baines, Curator of Logan Botanic Garden, organised by the Alpine Garden Society on Saturday. Logan which is situated just across the North Channel on the Mull of Galloway is one of the four gardens which go to make up the Royal Botanic Garden, […]


Bruno Nicolai talking at the National Botanic Gardens

Bruno Nicolai talk at Bots Nov 2015



Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon in Cork There was a big attendance for Helen Dillon’s talk in Cork on the 3rd of November. Well done to all on the Munster Committee for their work in preparation for the event and on the evening itself.


Leinster Plant Sale

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The Leinster Plant Sale was a great success.  Many thanks to those who organised the event, the volunteers who arrived to help out and the many visitors who came for the plants. This is an annual event where members bring along plants they have propagated and offer them for sale both to other members and […]


IGPS Northern Region – Plant Sale at Rowallane Gardens

A great day at the IGPS Plant Sale at Rowallane - with Billy McCone and Barbara Kelso (Plant Sale Organiser) at the stall and ready for action.
And, by all accounts, there was great action with good weather, a good attendance and big sales.

Many thanks to Maeve Bell for photographs and captions!