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A message from Jane Powers:

I am looking for a knowledgeable gardener in the Republic of Ireland with a collection of Irish roses (introduced pre-2000). Could this be you? Do you have 10 or 20 or more Irish-bred roses, and do you know a bit about the stories behind them? If so, please email me as soon as you can on:, or message me on Facebook.

Also, if there is anyone else out there with a significant collection of other Irish cultivars, I’d like to hear from you too.



Bloom in the Park 2015 – comments and photos
Have a read of our blog: Bloom 2015
Darkness into Light - Pieta House Garden by Niall Maxwell

Darkness into Light – Pieta House Garden by Niall Maxwell


Glenveagh Views  (16)

We have just had a most wonderful weekend in Co. Donegal for our Annual General Meeting.
We are most grateful to Seán Ó Gaoithín, Head Gardener at Glenveagh who arranged for us to have our AGM in Glenveagh Castle itself and then, along with other members of staff, gave us wonderful guided tours of the garden. To say this was a magical experience would hardly do it justice. It was outstandingly wonderful – and everybody came away with a plant of Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’, a beautiful red dahlia raised in the garden itself. What a delightful souvenir to have of our visit.
We are also most grateful to Seamus O Donnell who hosted a visit to his seaside garden at Cluain na dTor; to Brian and all the staff at Oakfield Park who gave us such a warm welcome  and gave so generously of their time and to John and Lady Maryette McFarlard who treated us with the warmth and kindness given to family friends when we visited Dunmore House.
A very special thanks to Yvonne Penpraze, Billy McCone, Lorna Goldstrum and Maeve Bell who organised the weekend for us – the bookings, the gardens, the hotel and meal, transport, information pack etc etc. It was a tremendous success and a huge pleasure to attend.
Best wishes to all who attended, almost 100 people. It was great to meet us with so many friends again and a delight to enjoy our gardening passion together.
Until next year!
Paddy Tobin, Chairman.

I will add photographs as I get to them: Click on the links below to be taken to a photo album.

This e-mail was sent to me recently and I would like to share it with you: 
“Dear Patrick I have just received once again my membership card for the year. I am now aged 94 and have slowed down to the extent that I no longer have time to read all my incoming mail. There seems no point in expecting the society to carry the cost of my membership including postage for the society’s publications which I do not have the time to read. I therefore suggest that we call it a day and tender my best wishes that you all continue to prosper and pursue your valuable work for plants in Ireland.Professor Amyan Macfadyen”
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Congratulations to Dr. E. Charles Nelson, founder member of the IGPS, who will be awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture. Charles was taxonomist for just over nineteen years at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. 

Previous Irish recipients of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal are Susan Andrews(2012) and Helen Dillon (1999).

The only previous recipient who has served at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin is Sir Frederick Moore (1932)

Our most sincere congratulations and best wishes to Charles

You can read the full text of the RHS press release here

Congratulations to Seamus O’Brien who has been elected to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hardy Plant Committee. 
It involves highlighting what’s happening with new woody plants in Ireland & awarding Award of Garden Merit – AGM – (through Wisley
Trials) to likely candidates.
Seamus has been member of the IGPS for many years and always a great supporter of the society’s aims and activities over all these years. We wish him our heartiest congratulations and best wishes.


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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