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 Annual General Meeting – Online Booking  now Live
Our Annual General Meeting will take place over the weekend of the 16 – 17th May .
The meeting will be held in the beautiful drawing room of Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal, on Saturday, 16th and will be followed by a guided tour of the gardens with Head Gardener, Seán Ó Gaothín.
The weekend activities will include visits to Oakfield Park and two private gardens with our AGM dinner at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny
The cost of the weekend is €85. This includes tea/coffee in Glenveagh on your arrival for the AGM, entry to four gardens, use of a coach on Saturday, three course dinner plus coffee on Saturday night at the Clonree Hotel, a light lunch on Sunday and a cup of tea at the final garden before heading for home.
Click below for information on options and to book:
Attendance at the Annual General Meeting itself is, of course, open and free to all IGPS members.
The Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny – where we will have our AGM dinner – has a special offer for IGPS members of €56 for one night and €106 for two night B&B per person sharing. Contact the hotel before Friday, 13th March, and mention the IGPS to secure this offer.
Telephone: +353 (0) 74 91 24369
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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.
Photo Gallery of the Munster Group’s visit to Altamont Gardens for their Snowdrop Week:
Altamont Gardens Feb 2015 (9)
Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds – Book Review by Paddy Tobin
Subtly Scented Sarcococca – Stephen Butler on these wonderfully scented shrubs.
Mount Congreve a Preview: Looking forward to the season at Mount Congreve with Paddy Tobin
Helen Dillon: An Inspiration to the Irish Gardener – Ali Rochford on Helen Dillon, an honorary member of the IGPS
Seedlist 2015
ViolasSEEDLIST 2015
The 2015 members seedlist will be posted to members along with the January Newsletter which will be with you shortly. In the meantime you might like to browse the list here. Requests for seeds can only be made using the form which will be enclosed with the Newsletter.


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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