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Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta

Our joint project in cooperation with the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.

Read Fionnuala Fallon’s article in The Irish Times: “Masters of the Floral Art”

And an undate on the IGPS blog: “Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta “

Rhododendron 'President Michael D. Higgins' bred at Mount Congreve Gardens by Michael White, Garden Curator

Rhododendron ‘President Michael D. Higgins’ bred at Mount Congreve Gardens by Michael White, Garden Curator

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There was a great attendance at the National Botanic Gardens on Thursday, 19th November when Bruno Nicolai spoke about his garden of exotic planting in Cork.

Bruno Nicolai talk at Bots Nov 2015

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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.

A few photographs below and more on Facebook

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon with Bruno Nicolai and Martin Edwardes

Helen Dillon with Bruno Nicolai and Martin Edwardes

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the audience at Helen Dillon's talk in Cork

Part of the audience at Helen Dillon’s talk in Cork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Leinster Plant Sale 2105 Stephen Maguire  (15)

 

If you would like to see more photographs from the day go to our Facebook page to view the Plant Sale Album

[Many thanks to Stephen Maguire who took all these photos] –

 

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At the IGPS 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.

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. (Photo courtesy of Maeve Bell)

These three ladies, three generations of the one family by the way, must surely have been the best shoppers at the IGPS Plant Sale at Rowallane. What a collection of plants they have going home! It is wonderful to have people such as these supporting the plant sale; great to meet them and to share this great interest in plants. All they have to do now is find places for them in their gardens!

These three ladies, three generations of the one family by the way, must surely have been the best shoppers at the IGPS Plant Sale at Rowallane.
What a collection of plants they have going home!
It is wonderful to have people such as these supporting the plant sale; great to meet them and to share this great interest in plants.
All they have to do now is find places for them in their gardens! (Photo courtesy of Maeve Bell)

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Yvonne Penpraze has been Chairperson of the Northern Region’s committee for the last four years and the incoming Chairperson, Maeve Bell, hosted an afternoon get-together at her garden to thank her for all her work and her contribution to the society. Yvonne’s parting event was the organising of our Annual General Meeting in Co. Donegal this year and it was an outstanding success.

Left to right in the photograph: Billy McCone, Maeve Bell, Victor Henry, Yvonne Penpraze, Roz Henry, Lorna Goldstrom, Maureen Reid and Barbara Kelso.

Left to right in the photograph: Billy McCone, Maeve Bell, Victor Henry, Yvonne Penpraze, Roz Henry, Lorna Goldstrom, Maureen Reid and Barbara Kelso.

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 Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’
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This photograph is from Victor and Roz Henry’s garden. This is the plant of Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’ which they (and all who attended) the Annual General Meeting at Glenveagh Castle Gardens received from Sean O Gaoithin, Head Gardener at Glenveagh. Victor and Roz are the first to report having it in flower. A fabulous plant and a wonderful souvenir of our visit to Glenveagh.
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Blarney in Bloom
IGPS at Blarney Castle 2015
Ted Kiely and Margaret McAuliffe on the IGPS stand at Blarney in Bloom in early July.
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Leinster Branch Summer Lunch
This is one of the favourite events of the summer programme for the Leinster members and this year was no exception with visits to Kilmurry Nursery (Paul & Orla Woods) and to The Bay Gardens (Iain and Frances McDonald). There was a warm welcome at both gardens and the travellers were well taken care of as well as enjoying the wonderful gardens and plants.
Two photographs from Kilmurry Nursery, courtesy of Orla Woods.
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Kilmurry Nursery – enjoying lunch. Photo from Orla Woods

Leinster summer lunch at Kilmurry Nursery 1

Kilmurry Nursery – enjoying lunch. Photo from Orla Woods

The Bay Garden

The second visit on the Summer Lunch outing was to The Bay Garden – photo from Ali Rochford

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

Check under “Publications” – “Newsletter”

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‘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.

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  • Past issue of Moorea: All past issues of Moorea, the society’s journal, are available here on the website – check “Publications” above
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