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I have been delighted to have a bulb of Crinum moorei flower for me this year.. I bought it at the IGPS plant sale in Dublin last autumn – I believe it was Stephen Butler who brought it to the sale so a big “Thank You”, Stephen.Here is an account of this bulb from Dr. E. Charles Nelson’s “A Heritage of Beauty”:

Crinum moorei was introduced into the Royal Dublin Society’s Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, in 1863, and subsequently (1874) named after the Gardens’ Director, David Moore. A note from The Garden in March 1881 provides the following account of this plant: “Although nearly a score of years in the country, this beautiful plant is still scarce, chiefly owing to the difficulty experienced in propagating it. Its history is somewhat obscure. Seeds of it were sent to the late Dr. Moore from South Africa by Mr. Webb, bu the precise locality from which it came has never been ascertained. For some years it was cultivated in the stove, and as it did not flower freely there, Dr. Moore determined to try it outside, the result being in every way satisfactory. The first year it grew vigorously, but was killed almost to the ground in the winter. Next spring it pushed up a fresh crown of its handsome broad leaves and flowered in the autumn when it produced offsets. As these grew strong enough they also flowered, some of them in the spring and some in the autumn, so that from a strong clump there are two flowering periods – the strong bulbs flowering in May and June and the weaker ones in September. The flowers of C. moorei surpass in beauty those of any other species [of Crinum] cultivated in Glasnevin. They are openly campanulate, very sweetly scented, of a delicate rose colour, and of great substance, lasting well when cut..”
Moore continued to suggest that the bulbs should be planted deeply and close to a warm, sheltered wall. “The great secret of success”, he continued, “is to leave the plants undisturbed when once planted, the only attention which is required being a good protection of leaf mould heaped round the crown in winter before the leaves rot down”
Indeed the bulbs of this handsome lily were for many years left undisturbed at Glasnevin, in an apse of the great Curvilinear Range. Only when the range was restored in the early 1990s were the “original” bulbs removed from their cosy nook. 
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The Munster branch of the IGPS had a fantastic day at Blarney in Bloom . A huge thank you to Blarney Castle & Gardens, to those who donated plants and books, lent furniture, volunteered their time, and to all those who came by to say hello. Well done everyone!

This year we moved our annual plant sale to Blarney in Bloom and at it was a major success. We were amazed with the unbelievable amount of rare and unusual, good quality plant donations from members. Set up began at 8am, and 7 members took turns volunteering on a 2hrly rota. We were kept busy from start until finish with people buying our plants and books, and making enquiries about the society. Many customers left with membership forms, with one person joining there and then. Not only did we raise a significant amount of money, raise the IGPS profile and gain new members, but we also networked, receiving invites to have an IGPS information stand at the Clare Garden Festival, and to work together with a new group called The Young Horts, which encourages and supports young people into horticulture. A very successful day!

Bruno Nicolai

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Photos from Bruno Nicolai and Adam Whitbourn

And click here for a photo report on Blarney in Bloom from Margaret McAuliffe: Blarney in Bloom


Visit to Russborough: 
The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland kindly invited the Irish Garden Plant Society to their walled garden restoration project at Russborough House. Members were treated to a guided tour of the remarkable volunteer led work in progress, with an incredible showcase of fruit, vegetables, and wonderful herbaceous plantings, all the more inspiring as it has been accomplished in 3 years. As with all such work, plans and decisions must be made, the grass area will be themed gardens, including one for Irish Heritage Plants that the IGPS will be involved with, while the walnut tree is possibly failing. Followed by wonderful home made cakes and lots of tea. Many thanks to everyone. Stephen Butler

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Photos by Stephen Butler


Carmel Duignan’s Garden – A visit by IGPS members

A visit to Carmel Duignan’s garden, incredible selection of rare and unusual plants, expertly grown and placed. many thanks Carmel for a wonderful tour. Stephen Butler


Photos by Stephen Butler.


BLOOM 2014

A big occasion on the Irish gardening calendar

Take a tour of the show via our links below.

  • Visit the Floral Marquee to see fabulous displays
  • See the Large Gardens including the Best in Show, The Renault Zoe Garden designed by Kevin Dennis
  • Move on to the Medium Gardens which includes “Tús Nua” by Cian Hawes, the winner of the Super Garden
  • The Small Gardens include Orla Wood’s so funny “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie Garden”
  • The Postcard Gardens include the wonderful garden of the Alpine Garden Society of Ireland as well as that of Blarney Castle.



On Sunday afternoon we visited the gardens at Malahide Castle and were delighted to be brought around the gardens by Anne James as Anne had been at Malahide for many years and was a font of information on the plants and the history of the gardens.


Click on the PDF link below to view photographs and notes.




IGPS AGM 2014 Garden Visit 2 photo

Our second garden of our AGM weekend was also in Howth, a garden beautifully laid out and containing an interesting selection of plants.

Open the PDF file below to view photographs and notes:




AGM 2014 Garden Visit !

The programme of garden visits which are part of the AGM weekend are a great attraction for members and are always greatly enjoyed. This year our first visit of the weekend was to a particularly special garden on Howth Head, Co. Dublin.

You can view an account of our visit to this garden in the PDF link below.




36 past issues of our Newsletter have been added in pdf format. 

Check under “Publications” – “Newsletter”



‘Moorea’ is the journal of the Irish Garden Plant Society. It has been published occasionally over the years as suitable material was available. We are delighted to have Volume 16 to hand and this has been posted to all current members in the last week.

In this issue:

  • Belinda Jupp: Reviving a Late Eighteenth Century Town Garden (N0. 63 Merrion Square, Dublin)
  • Brendan Sayers, Charles Nelson and Alexandra Caccamo: Phaius tankervilleae (Banks Ex L’Her) Blume- An Early Orchid Portrait by Lydia Shackleton
  • Seamus O’ Brien: In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker – A Sikkim Adventure.
  • Mary Forrest: Hooker Rhododendrons – Irish Interest in the 1850s
  • Carmel Duignan:  Aristocratic Ivies – Some Noble Cousins of the Humble Ivy.
  • Noeleen Smyth:  Global and National Strategies for Plant Conservation and their Implications for Public, Private and Botanic Gardens.
  • Seán Ó Gaothaín: An Overview of the History of Glenveigh Castle Gardens.

Note: ‘Moorea’ is free to members and is generally not available to non-members though we expect to have a small number available for sale by summer. This will be announced on this website.

Volumes 1 – 15 are available as PDFs on this website under “Publications” above.


  • Past issue of Moorea: All past issues of Moorea, the society’s journal, are available here on the website – check “Publications” above
  • New Members are always welcome and easy with our Quick web payment for Memberships and Renewals » Of course, you can always come along to one of our events and join the society at the same time if it would be more convenient for you.

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